Over 100 WordPress plugins were released on the CodeCanyon marketplace in May. In today’s edition of WP Explorer’s Premium Plugin of the Month series, we narrow down that collection to five of the very best.
You’ll find plugins built for a variety of purposes in this list, so if you want to introduce some brand new functionality to your WordPress website, read on!
Responsive Website Tester & Mockup Screenshot Generator
If you’re a freelance developer or designer, at some point you’ll find yourself pitching to a potential client. When this hugely significant moment arrives, you need to be ready to present your proposed design in the most favorable light.
And let’s be honest; competition is fierce. With so many capable designers out there, a simple screenshot of your design just won’t cut it. If you want to stack the odds in your favor, a high-quality website mockup is more likely to wow prospective clients and land you the contract.
The Responsive Website Tester & Mockup Screenshot Generator plugin is one of the easiest ways to create site mockups – available for $20 from CodeCanyon. The plugin combines a website screenshot with an excellent selection of background images, demonstrating how the website will look on a variety of devices. Here’s an example mockup:
Just type the website’s URL, select one of the 14 available backgrounds, then let the plugin do the rest. Using mockups in a portfolio is a creative way to differentiate yourself in a crowded marketplace, too. And because the plugin can create mobile mockups, it’s a great way to confirm that your website is fully responsive.
The Elm Leaf – Automatically Add Links to Keywords
The Elm Leaf is an affiliate marketer’s dream – with the plugin installed, you’ll never have to build a manual link ever again.
The plugin lets you create associations between keywords and URLs. For example, you might want to link the keyword “WordPress hosting” with an affiliate URL for your preferred hosting provider. When configured, Elm Leaf will automatically add links to all uses of the keyword throughout your website – including published content. This means you can sit back, relax, and watch the affiliate commissions roll in – not bad for a plugin that costs just $18, right?
Of course, there is slightly more complexity to affiliate marketing than that, and you don’t want your content to appear too “spammy.” To combat this, you can specify the maximum number of auto-links in any given post.
You don’t have to use the plugin for affiliate marketing either. The plugin doubles up as an internal linking system, letting you move visitors around your website effortlessly.
Facebook Messenger for WordPress
Adding live chat to your website is an excellent way to improve customer service and boost conversions. After all, you can provide a reassuring presence to visitors when you chat to them in real-time, and you can also quash any buyer objections.
However, as any small site owners who have tried implementing live chat will tell you, it’s an awfully big commitment to man your live chat room for 8+ hours per day – and not everyone can afford to hire support staff.
If you don’t want to be chained to live chat, why not implement a system that the vast majority of us are already signed in to, and round-the-clock, too. I’m talking, of course, about Facebook Messenger.
The Facebook Messenger for WordPress plugin – available for $17 from CodeCanyon – adds the familiar Facebook Messenger icon to your WordPress website. When a visitor clicks this icon, Facebook Messenger opens in a small pop-up window, and the visitor can communicate with you in real-time. The pop-up window also includes a link to like your business’s Facebook page, making it a great way to boost your social media following, too.
Facebook Messenger for WordPress also integrates directly with WooCommerce. You can place a Facebook Messenger button directly onto your WooCommerce product pages, making it super-easy for visitors to ask questions about a particular product.
WP Affiliate Table Plugin for WordPress Affiliates
For many internet users, conducting online research is an important part of the buying process. As such, entire websites are dedicated to helping visitors find the best product for them – and also to earn the site owner a tidy affiliate commission in the process.
However, presenting too much information can actually hinder rather than help. If you overload visitors, you’ll just confuse them, and this results in analysis paralysis.
If you promote a lot of different products/services, why not assist visitors – and boost conversions – by presenting the available options in a summary table. A quick glance at said table allows visitors to compare the strengths/weaknesses of their options, helping them move a step closer to making a purchase.
To add affiliate summary tables to your website, you need the WP Affiliate Table Plugin for WordPress Affiliates – available for $16. The plugin lets you build fully customizable tables using intuitive drag-and-drop functionality. You can add unlimited columns and rows to make your tables as comprehensive as required.
You can also make your tables appear more professional by adding logos, buttons, and affiliate links to them. The tables are fully responsive and incredibly stylish, too, with support for custom colors and fonts.
Code to Shortcode
Shortcodes were introduced to WordPress over eight years ago in version 2.5. They’ve been a popular mainstay ever since and are utilized by a great number of plugins and themes.
Shortcodes are essentially shortcuts to longer, more complicated snippets of code. Just add one of the simple, square-bracketed shortcodes to your content, and visitors will see all kinds of cool things – image galleries, contact forms, slideshows, etc.
That completes the collection of May’s finest premium plugins. No plugin featured today costs more than $20, enabling you to install premium functionality on your WordPress website without worrying too much about cost. We’ll be back at the end of June with five more quality premium 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!