Premium WordPress Plugins of the Month: February 2016

Welcome back to another edition of WP Explorer’s Premium Plugin of the Month series. This month, we’re introducing a new format – we’re going to be looking at five brand new plugins, each released during the previous month.

This increases the likelihood that you’ll stumble across a previously unknown plugin. Fingers crossed, this will allow you to introduce some much-needed new functionalities to your WordPress website.

All plugins featured today are available from CodeCanyon, WordPress’s biggest premium plugin marketplace. The plugins offer a wide range of functionalities, too, so there should be something for everyone!

JobCareer – WP Job Board Recruitment Solutions ($33)

JobCareer

The JobCareer plugin lets you convert your WordPress website into a stylish job portal. The plugin tailors its features to two important user groups: job seekers and employers – there is a separate WordPress user role for each.

Job seekers can check the available listings by viewing a stylish job board. To help focus the job hunt, JobCareer includes an advanced search bar, a handy built-in filtering system, and color coordination. Job seekers can also identify the jobs closest to their physical location by using the geo-location functionality.

The application process is also remarkably straightforward. Job seekers can build/upload their resume online, then shortlist jobs. Applications are then submitted directly, with employers able to specify the required application questions.

JobCareer Screenshot

Employers submit their vacancies via the front-end of your site, plus they can build a company profile to provide applicants with additional details. Jobs are split between free/premium – premium listings are displayed more prominently on the homepage, of course, and can be paid for using one of JobCareer’s three built-in payment gateways. JobCareer also allows employers to peruse job seekers’ uploaded resumes and track applications.

BeDojo – Behance Works WordPress Portfolio Plugin ($18)

BeDojo

A fresh WordPress installation with a well-chosen theme has a lot of potential. However, if you haven’t had a chance to add original content, your website can feel like a ghost town.

Many themes solve this problem with one-click dummy content installation – a process that replicates the theme’s demo in seconds. That’s all well and good, but it’s no substitute for your own work. This is especially true for creative individuals: a website without the creative’s portfolio doesn’t provide any real value.

Enter BeDojo, a plugin that lets you import your entire Behance portfolio into WordPress. All that’s required is an API key, then seconds later the two will sync up. BeDojo imports all the important details about each project:

  • Images
  • Categories
  • Description
  • Direct URL

BeDojo Screenshot

You can then manage your portfolio from the WordPress back-end. Each portfolio item is assigned a shortcode, meaning you can easily drop it in to any blog posts that you’re working on. You can also display your full portfolio in one convenient place, in fully responsive product grids that come in three sizes – small, medium, and large.

Newscodes – News, Magazine and Blog Elements for WordPress ($19)

Newscodes

News and magazine websites are among the hardest to organize – after all, there’s so much content competing for eyeballs. As such, an easy to navigate homepage is critical if this type of website is to succeed.

Newscodes is essentially a page builder plugin targeted at news websites and magazines. The plugin lets you display content lists in over 20 different on-site modules. For example, you can list your latest posts in content grids, as tabbed sidebar lists, and even as dynamic news tickers. The plugin supports all types of content, too – posts, pages, and custom post types.

With so much versatility, you have full control over crafting your perfect magazine layout. Because these layouts can become quite complex, the plugin also has a built-in live preview feature. When installed, Newscodes also lends its modules to established page builder plugins like Visual Composer, too.

As you’d expect from a page builder plugin, customization options are abundant – you can tweak the appearance of any module to your liking. The plugin also comes with over 50 predefined layout styles to help you get started.

WordPress Social Sidebar ($14)

WordPress Social Sidebar

WordPress Social Sidebar is a fantastic new plugin that adds beautiful social media bars to your website. Clean and stylish social buttons are one of the best ways to gain traction on social media – and tap into a major source of traffic.

Social Sidebar is fully compatible with over 30 social networks. However, its main strength is the customization options on offer. For starters, you can place a social bar in any of the four corners of your website – vertically on the left or right, or horizontally at the top or bottom.

You also have full control over the social buttons’ appearance. You can display them as a solid block, or as separated squares/circles. There are four “themes” to pick from, too, displaying the social media icons in full color, greyscale, dark, or light. The buttons are also available in small and large sizes.

The plugin is mobile optimized, too, ensuring your social media buttons look beautiful on all devices. Definitely one of the best new social media plugins – easy to setup, lightweight, and looks fantastic!

Advertisement and Branding for Flow-Flow Social Stream ($10)

Advertisement and Branding for Flow-Flow Social Stream

Flow-Flow is one of the best plugins around for displaying stunning social media streams. If you’re looking for a way to monetize Flow-Flow, look no further than this official extension: Advertisement and Branding for Flow-Flow Social Stream. (The core Flow-Flow plugin, costing $24, is required to use the extension.)

The extension allows you to place custom cards within your Flow-Flow social stream. Custom cards are designed using an intuitive drag-and-drop builder, plus you can customize the content and all aspects of the card’s design and style. This means the custom cards can be used for just about anything.

The obvious example is displaying adverts within custom cards – Google AdSense users will be pleased to hear that the two are fully compatible. You have full control over ad frequency, plus there is a built-in analytics function for tracking the earnings of an advertising campaign.

Advertisement and Branding for Flow-Flow Social Stream Screenshot

You could also use the extension to give your campaigns greater exposure. For example, you could slot a card publicizing a Twitter hashtag campaign into your stream.

Final Thoughts

That’s all we have time for today, folks – five premium plugins, each available from CodeCanyon for comfortably under $40. Hopefully you’ve seen something new today, and you’ve discovered some much-needed functionalities for your site. And as always: I’ll be back next month with five more brand new WordPress plugins! With thousands of plugins available on CodeCanyon, it would be impossible to cover each one. Let us know what you think of these plugins in the comments section below, and feel free to add your own recommendations!

Post Author: Shaun Quarton

Shaun Quarton is a freelance blogger from the UK, with a passion for online entrepreneurship, content marketing, and all things WordPress.

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