WordPress takes the cake when it comes to flexibility and customization. Designers have the option to take an existing theme and tweak it as they see fit to create a web design that not only communicates their branding effectively, but also delivers content in the easiest and most convenient way possible.
There are countless of resources that guide people on how to set up their own blog or site. However, it does not tell you which plugins to use to reach their online goals as a designer.
Therefore, below are some of the top WordPress plugins that designer must include in their arsenal to help them accomplish their design work faster without compromising its quality.
When managing lots of images to use on the site or blog, the problem starts when you need to resize and crop the images to make them fit into your web pages. You will find yourself resizing the images from your desktop before uploading them back again. Instead of doing this time-consuming route, downloading this plugin will let you crop and edit the images straight from the dashboard.
Adding a content slider on their websites and blogs allows them to take a dynamic approach to content creation, thus making a more indelible impact to their target audience. To forego the coding necessary in making this element appear on the site, use this plugin instead. Aside from its responsive design, the tool lets you draw content from the most popular sources (Pinterest, Flickr, Instagram, Youtube, etc.) and compile them in a beautiful slider. You can also display your blog posts and feature them on the homepage above the fold for maximum impact to your intended readers.
Creating an image gallery require designers to pull out commands and scripts, a task that may very well be beyond a designer’s skill set. If this is the case, then this plugin will help them build a gallery optimized for desktop and mobile viewing. They have the option to create 5 gallery displays and 6 built-in lightboxes for the free version. For photographers and graphic artists. the nextGEN Pro gives them the opportunity to sell their creations using different payment options.
Designers are tasked to create eye-catching and compelling CTA buttons for landing pages to maximize the chances of visitors performing the desired action. To make things more efficient for them, they can create the buttons within the WP Dashboard using this plugin.
Given their design experience, they can create highly optimized button using the plugin’s visual editor or choose from the editable, pre-made templates. The buttons can be inserted on a post or sidebar with a few clicks of a button. They can also conduct an A/B testing for multiple CTA buttons tp see which among the buttons convert the best.
Mobile-friendly websites are on the rise now that Google has started cracking down on websites that don’t display well when viewed using mobile devices. Instead of going the complicated route of preparing a mobile version on top of the desktop version (or revamping the entire site’s design to make it responsive), designers should download this plugin to create a mobile version of the site made from crisp retina interface that loads 5x faster than a responsive design – all without dropping a single line of code!
With a few clicks of a button, they not only optimize your site or blog for search engines, but also clear up time for them to do their other priorities.
Final thoughts: The tasks professional designers will have to deal with everyday can be taxing, especially if they have poor managing skills to begin with. With the plugins featured above, however, designers will be able to finish their jobs faster so they can attend to more pressing tasks.
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Author: Christopher Jan Benitez
Content marketer during the day. Heavy sleeper at night. Dreams of non-existent brass rings. Writer by trade. Pro wrestling fan by choice (It’s still real to me, damnit!). Family man all the time.