Looking for some new functionality for your WordPress website? Well, you’re in the right place. In WPExplorer’s Premium Plugins of the Month series, we introduce you to CodeCanyon’s best releases in July.
And, if you’re worried about cost, let me alleviate your fears: each plugin costs less than $35, so there’s no risk of breaking the bank. Each plugin supports a different functionality, too, so there should be something for everyone.
With the introduction out of the way, let’s dive in. In no particular order…
Font I Want
Most of us spend a great deal of time perfecting our website’s aesthetics. We start by selecting an awesome-looking theme, we agonize over the various layouts, and then we refine the overall appearance using plugins.
But there’s one aspect of a site’s design that most webmasters completely ignore – the website’s font. When you consider that the words you spend hours crafting are displayed in your chosen font, this seems a serious oversight to me.
Don’t believe me? Although your choice of font may seem trivial, consider this: big businesses spend small fortunes selecting the right typeface. Changing the font in, say, a logo can radically shift peoples’ perception of that business. It can make it seem more family-friendly, traditional, or edgy. This, of course, impacts profits.
If you want to enhance your site’s appearance by perfecting its typography, look no further than the Font I Want plugin – it costs just $18 from CodeCanyon. The plugin combines the best of what Google Fonts, Adobe Typekit, and Font Squirrel have to offer giving you easy to access to as many as 20,000+ fonts (although you will need your own Typekit license to access those fonts). Every font can be fully customized, with unlimited combinations of font size, color, and spacing.
You can also mix-and-match fonts, specify CSS rules (for example, selecting a separate font family for H2 or H3 tags), and customize CSS styles – all configurable from within the WordPress dashboard. Font I Want is also compatible with the WordPress Customizer, which means you can preview your font selections in real-time.
Blog Designer PRO for WordPress
Sticking with the theme of website aesthetics, up next we have the Blog Designer Pro plugin – available for $19.
A good way to describe this one: a WordPress theme bundled up as a plugin. That’s because Blog Designer PRO ships with 17 pre-built blog templates. These cover a versatile range of design styles, with specialist templates including timeline, media grid, and news.
Implementing your favorite template is super-easy, too. Just browse the demos, find one you want, then activate it at the click of a button. The templates are fully customizable, with a choice of infinite colors, over 600 Font Awesome icons, and the full range of Google web fonts.
Other useful features include full browser compatibility, responsive design, and pagination to speed up load times.
WP Mega Push Notifications
Have you ever been sat on your phone, minding your own business, when you receive a message from one of your apps out of the blue? The message usually reads something along the lines of: “we haven’t seen you in a while. Here’s a bonus for the next time you log in.”
This is an example of a push notification, and it’s one of the reasons why mobile apps can be so addictive – the developers can communicate with you directly via your mobile device.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could send push notifications via your WordPress website to lure your visitors back to your site? Well, now you can, thanks to the WP Mega Push Notifications plugin, costing just $35.
The plugin lets you send push notifications to a variety of browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari OSX. You can also send notifications directly to Android devices – even if the device is turned off.
You can fully customize your push notifications, too, by uploading an image and editing the header and body text. The plugin is compatible with WooCommerce, which means you could use the push notifications to lure existing customers back in a bid to drive more sales.
Massive Addons for Visual Composer – Infographics Pack
We feature a lot of Visual Composer add-ons in this series, and with good reason, too – Visual Composer is CodeCanyon’s best-selling plugin of all time, plus it gets bundled with many ThemeForest themes, so it boasts an enormous user base.
This plugin, the Infographics Pack, targets users looking to build infographics with the Visual Composer interface. It’s the latest release by plugin developer mpc, already something of a Visual Composer specialist with five extensions to date. In fact, the Visual Composer developer, WPBakery, has already given this extension their full endorsement. As such, this one is well worth checking out at just $14.
We’ve already talked typography today, but selecting an eye-catching font is a big piece of the infographics puzzle – a pre-requisite for success, if you will. Fortunately, the plugin ships with over 700 fonts, 3,000 icons, and an unlimited number of color combinations.
Throw in 700 pre-configured styles and templates – fully customizable, too – and you have an infographics platform capable of competing with the very best. You’ll even find 20+ shortcodes supporting features like QR codes, countdowns, and pricing tables, making this add-on a must.
To give you an idea of the cool things you can do with this add-on, here’s a screenshot of some gorgeous-looking progress bars.
X Docs WordPress Product Documentation Creator
Last but not least, we have the X Docs WordPress Product Documentation Creator – one of the most laser-focused WordPress plugins you’re likely to find.
Simply put: X Docs is targeted at digital product vendors who want to create online documentation for their users. Not for everyone, sure, but if you’re in that industry, this one could be very useful. For example, WordPress theme developers could use this plugin to create great-looking documentation pages. (And, in theory, there’s nothing stopping you using this plugin to create online instructions manuals for physical products.)
The plugin is super-easy to use – creating documentation is the same as creating a WordPress post. It supports multiple templates, too, so you can give your documentation a stylish-but-professional feel. Visitors can also download your documentation in PDF format should they wish.
X Docs might not be the most exciting plugin you’ll ever find, but it does make one of the more tedious aspects of selling digital products that little bit more bearable!
Five WordPress plugins, five important functionalities. I hope today’s post introduced you to several plugins you found useful. And, with each plugin costing under $35, you don’t have to be overly concerned with cost. I’ll see you again next month with five more new 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. Feel free to add your own recommendations, too!