March saw over one hundred new WordPress plugins added to the CodeCanyon marketplace. In WPExplorer’s Premium Plugin of the Month series, we narrow the selection down to five of our favorites.
Chances are, you won’t have heard of any of the plugins on today’s list. So, if you want to discover some awesome new functionalities to enhance your WordPress-powered website, read on! We cover plugins fit for a range of purposes, to increase the likelihood of you finding functionality you need.
With the introduction out of the way, let’s dive straight in. In no particular order…
Stylz – Visual CSS Style Tweaker ($19)
Stylz is an excellent tool that lets you tweak any element of your website – no coding experience required! It’s one of a new breed of page builder-style plugins – the most prominent in the category being CSS Hero – that let you adapt your existing theme, rather than building a custom layout from the ground up.
For example, you could use Stylz to modify your site’s color scheme, switch to a custom font, or move your sidebar across by an inch. And, to reiterate, you won’t need to touch a line of code yourself.
Simply activate Stylz, then click on the element you want to edit. Next, using the plugin’s beginner-friendly interface, you can select the changes you want to make. Stylz will generate the relevant CSS code for you, and apply the changes to your site.
For the record, the additional CSS code does not overwrite the default style.css sheet. This is an important safeguarding feature that means, should the worst happen, your theme’s default styling can easily be restored.
Mona Reaction – Voting System with Customizable Reactions ($16)
Have you noticed that Facebook has just updated their like function? Rather than just liking a status update, users are now able to add their emotional reaction – happy, sad, funny, angry, etc.
I’ve also spotted a number of websites using these reactions – many way before Facebook, too. Not only is it a fun way to boost engagement, but it also lets visitors indicate what they thought about the content.
Well thanks to the Mona Reaction plugin, you can now bring reactions to any WordPress-powered website. The plugin includes the six default Facebook reactions, so visitors will feel right at home using them.
If you want to make things more interesting, however, you can also create your own reactions, complete with custom emoticons. Best of all, though, the plugin ships with eight built-in Pokémon reactions!
Responsive Event Scheduler for WordPress ($18)
Hosting an offline event? I’m guessing you want things to run as smoothly as possible, right? One of the best ways to achieve this is to correlate attendee expectations with the experience on offer. Put together a detailed schedule, and visitors will know what’s happening, where, and when at all times.
The Responsive Event Scheduler plugin creates some of the most stylish event schedules you’ll find – and as the plugin name indicates, they’re fully responsive, too, so they look gorgeous on devices of all sizes.
The plugin lets you fully color-coordinate your event schedules. Not only does this ensure that they look top-notch, but it also makes them easier to navigate. Each schedule can be as detailed as you want, too, including support for multi-location and multi-day events. There’s space for all the important information for each time slot, including:
- Speaker image (with circle and square images to choose from)
- Social Media profiles
Each entry is expandable, so visitors can see as much or as little information as they wish. The plugin can be used in a variety of industries, including music festivals, conferences, meetings, and classes.
DW Question & Answer Pro WordPress Plugin ($24)
Looking to add a dedicated Q&A section to your website, à la Quora? Well, with DW Question & Answer Pro, now you can! You can use the plugin to create a forum-style section for your visitors to interact, or community-driven FAQ sections.
Visitors are free to ask their question on your site’s front-end by filling out the straightforward question form. This question form can be placed on a dedicated page or in any widget space, plus visitors can add basic styling to their questions using HTML.
To help visitors hone in on useful questions, DW supports built-in sort, search, and filter functionalities. The question listing page also displays the number of views, comments, and ratings that each question has generated, helping visitors to identify the most active discussions.
DW also boasts lots of important features that benefit the site owner. This includes front-end question management, compatibility with any WordPress theme, and powerful anti-spam measures. And, if you want to test out the plugin’s basic functionalities, a free version of the plugin is available from the official WordPress repository.
WooCommerce Lottery ($19)
We all love a lottery, right? The opportunity to win big off a small investment is too much for most of us to resist. WooCommerce Lottery lets you run your own WordPress lotteries by utilizing the power of WooCommerce.
After installation, you’ll be able to create a lottery in the same way you’d create any other WooCommerce product page. You can set a price tag for each ticket, which users pay for using any of the WooCommerce-approved payment gateways you’ve installed on your website.
You can also control all the important details for each lottery. This includes start/finish times, the maximum number of tickets per user, and the number of winners. You can also specify the absolute maximum number of tickets available. To drum up extra excitement, there’s even a range of animated widgets, counting down to the next draw.
When the lottery finish time hits, the plugin will also take care of all the behind-the-scenes stuff, including picking the winning tickets at random. After the draw, WooCommerce Lottery will also send out email notifications to the winner/s – and, if you want, to those who didn’t win.
It’s worth pointing out that you can’t use the plugin for cash draws. However, it can be used to give away cool prizes – for example, products stocked in your eCommerce store.
And that’s your lot: five of the best premium plugins released on CodeCanyon in March. As always, we’ve tried to include a wide range of functionalities, and, to ensure the plugins are as accessible as possible, each comes with a price tag that’s below $25. I’ll be back again in April to share five more newly released 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!