2 Essential Blog Plugins For WordPress
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that most of the world uses their smart phones to do just about everything today from talking, texting and gaming to shopping online. To provide the best consumer user experience, websites today need to be mobile (human) friendly. Mobile friendly, means that the website will look and work great on all devices – desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone.
Websites that aren’t optimized for mobile will lose internet savvy users who will quickly look elsewhere if they aren’t offered an easy to use mobile experience. The good news is that today’s digital marketers and developers have access to responsive (mobile friendly) WordPress themes as well as mobile optimization plugins that will keep prospects and clients coming back for more.
Following are two essential plugins from Elegant Themes that you’re sure to appreciate.
The HandHeld Plugin
This is an incredible, mobile based WordPress plugin that operates alongside your normal theme, offering an alternative layout to mobile visitors. This plugin produces a superior mobile experience, and is only presented to your users if they visit your site using a mobile device. The HandHeld plugin works perfectly on modern IOS and Android phones, and it is coded using HTML5.
Special functions include a blog layout, gallery section, styling options, threaded comments and AJAX loading which speeds up the loading rate of new posts. Load time is particularly important for those that are browsing on a wireless connection – this is where AJAX loading makes a huge difference. Nobody today wants to wait longer than seconds for information so reducing loading time is key to a positive user experience.
The Drag and Drop Builder Plugin
With the Elegant Themes drag and drop builder plugin, you’ll be able to build a professional looking site without the need of knowing a bunch of complicated code. The plugin provides a wealth of impressive tools that you can use to structure the content on the page. This plugin produces a visual, instinctive, drag and drop canvas and from there you can arrange, add and re-size sophisticated elements on the page. Using the builder you’ll be able to quickly create buttons, sliders, tabs, boxes, toggles and much, much more. You’ll also be able to create leading edge layouts using nested elements, columns and more, along with integrating widget ready plugins and sidebars. In addition, using the “settings” box, you’ll be able to embed videos from Vimeo and YouTube by adding the video URL into the provided settings box – it’s as easy as that.
To get access to these plugins you’ll need to become an Elegant Themes member for $89 a year which is a worthy investment. The plugin’s alone are worth the money, but you’ll also gain access to 87 (at last count) “elegant” WordPress themes. These aren’t your average themes either! Besides giving you the ability to build high quality themes, the company makes sure that their clients have access to the latest and greatest in WordPress technologies. A great deal any way you look at it.
- Elegant Themes member for $89