Premium WordPress Plugins of the Month: November 2014

Looking to add some cool and impressive functionality to your WordPress website? You’re in the right place. Every month I check out the best premium plugins CodeCanyon has to offer so you don’t have to!

Let’s get started straight away shall we? Here are my four favorite plugins from November — and as always, I try to provide a range of different functions so there should be something for everyone here. Enjoy.

Smart Before After Viewer WordPress Plugin

Smart Before After Viewer
If you want to succeed in the world of design, you’ll need an awesome portfolio. The problem is, most portfolios are presented the same way, with very little to distinguish them — even if your work is great, presenting it in mundane fashion is hardly the approach of a creative individual. If you want a unique way to showcase your work, consider checking out the Smart Before After Viewer, costing $15 from CodeCanyon.

Smart Before After Viewer allows you present your work as before and after images. This allows potential clients to see the full extent of the work you did, and the fun, interactive approach creates a great first impression.

Slider Screenshot

The plugin allows you to display two images simultaneously, with an interactive slider determining how much of each image is visible at any point. The slider can be moved vertically or horizontally, depending on your preference — you can also select whether a visitor can interact with the slider by dragging it, or simply by hovering over the image.

If you want to provide information about each image, you are also able to add a label to each side of the slider — the color of these labels is fully customizable, as is the color of the interactive slider, which allows you to build something to match the style of the rest of your website.

You can add a slider to any post, page, or widget area — it’s as easy as wrapping two images between two shortcodes. For a more complete portfolio, you can also add multiple sliders to a page. For visitors on mobile devices, the sliders are fully responsive and can be activated using touch screens.

Video Intro Plugin for WordPress

Video Intro for WordPress

Created a video presentation for your website that you want to give maximum exposure to? Then consider the Video Intro for WordPress plugin, available for just $16. The plugin allows you to display your promotional video before a visitor is taken to your main content — this guarantees more views for your video.

Video Intro is incredibly easy to use, allowing you to upload videos directly, or to embed videos from YouTube. The plugin is fully responsive, meaning visitors on mobile devices can view your video without problems.

Because your video can be an important piece of your overall branding, you can also fully customize the other elements of the video page. For a start, you can overlay your logo onto the video, with a choice between displaying it top centre, top left, or top right of the screen. There is also a fully customizable border to your video, which allows you to build something that fully supports the brand image you are looking to project — there are a number of pre-built border styles to choose from, plus you can upload your own backgrounds if you want. There is a text area below your video, too, which allows you to add a few words, or even provide links to your social media profiles.

For visitors uninterested in watching your video in full — or a returning visitor who has seen it already — there is a skip intro button placed in the centre of the screen. You can fully customize the text and style, and when a visitor clicks on this they are taken straight through to your homepage. Visitors who want to enjoy your video in full will be redirected to your home page upon completion of the video.

If you want to see what the plugin looks like in action, click here to see a demo.

BNE Flyouts WordPress Plugin

BNE Flyouts

If you want to add extra information to a page without disrupting the main content, the BNE Flyouts plugin could be just what you need: the plugin lets you create hidden off-canvas content, which slides into view when clicked. Not only is this a fun, stylish way for your visitors to interact with your website, but it can also help you organize your content to avoid overloading visitors.

Content can be hidden at the top, bottom, left, or right of the screen and is displayed on a fully customizable “flyout” panel. You can adjust the size of each panel, as well as the background — you can choose from an unlimited number of colors, or upload your own background image to be used.

You can add an unlimited number of flyout panels to any given page, and the plugin supports a variety of options for triggering the flyout. The easiest way is to link a tab, button, or image with each panel, which tells visitors there is an interactive element hidden from view. You can also place a button or link into the main body of text, which triggers the flyout when clicked.

However, it’s not just content you can hide from view: the plugin also supports HTML, images, and even shortcodes. This means your flyout panels can double up as a hidden widget area, which allows you to separate contact forms, testimonials, social media icons, and image sliders from the main body content.

UberGrid WordPress Plugin

UberGrid

Finally this month we have UberGrid, a responsive grid builder for WordPress. UberGrid is a highly versatile plugin which can be used to build beautiful square grids: you can use the grid to show off your portfolio, team members, blog posts, images, client logos, and just about anything else you can think of! The plugin is also compatible with WooCommerce, which means you can present your products in a stylish grid.

UberGrid Screenshot

The grids are fully responsive and look stunning. You can configure the contents manually, or the plugin can automatically pull through your latest posts, pages, custom posts, or WooCommerce product pages — you can also select certain categories for inclusion. The design of each grid is fully customizable, too: you can set default and specific block sizes, select the border style and color, and also choose which font face to use.

UberGrid Logo Screenshot

When a visitor clicks on an item in the grid, an expanded lightbox is displayed, which allows you to provide additional information — you can add text, images, videos, and Google maps to the lightbox. UberGrid comes with built-in lightbox functionality, but, if you want something more sophisticated, the plugin can also be integrated with five of the major lightbox plugins: PrettyPhoto, JetPack Gallery, Swipebox, iLightbox, and FooBox. For visitors looking for specific information, they can also filter down which categories they want to view in each grid.

You can add an UberGrid to any post or page using a shortcode, or to any widget area using a dedicated widget.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it: your four premium WordPress plugins for November. Be sure to check back next month, when I’ll be introducing you to four more. 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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