While some argue that functionality takes priority over visual appearance, this is not always so. Even in real world, you can see the example of major supermarkets and casinos in which every color, every shape and the layout itself are there to make people spend more. Same rules can be applied on your website, as well. Yes, design can be used to improve the conversion rate, but you first need to find the right tools for the job. With this in mind, here are five plugins that can help invigorate your WordPress website appearance.
One of the easiest ways to captivate the attention of your website’s visitors is through an interesting statistic. Regardless if it is about something related to your own business, or the industry itself, you need to find a graphic way to portray it in order to achieve maximum effect. This is where Factmint Charts may come in quite handy. Through it, you gain a simple method of making doughnut charts, lines, pie charts, bubble charts and bars. The best part is that you don’t need to upload any files, but only type in the data and choose the style of graph you want to display.
Easy Social Sharing Buttons
Another thing you need to keep an eye out for is the fact that we live in the age of hyper-connectivity. In case where a visitor sees an interesting offer, content or statistic on your website, they might want to share them on social networks. Well, it is your job to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible. However, it’s not enough just to display buttons, you also need to make them transparent and visually appealing. Luckily, Easy Social Sharing Buttons can give you just that. With 12 icon sets, supporting over 20 social networks, this plugin mostly has you covered on this front.
Speaking of visual appeal, you need to consider the best gallery plugin for your website. Here, Envira Gallery is second to none. First of all, it saves you a lot of time seeing how it already has an impressive list of gallery templates available. Second, since it is a drag and drop builder, it also gives you a chance to create galleries in a matter of seconds. Finally, it allows you to keep your website’s images organized since it provides you with easy method of organizing photos in albums, as well as sorting them with tags.
WP Video Lightbox
If a picture speaks thousand words, a video speaks over a million. Therefore, why not embed video on your page. With WP Video Lightbox, you will be able to display flash, YouTube, iFrame and of course Vimeo videos in a lightbox overlay. The last one is particularly important seeing how recently Vimeo transitioned to HTML5, which makes it impossible for some plugins to cope with it. Fortunately, this is nothing WP Video Lightbox can’t handle.
EWWW Image Optimizer
Finally, keep in mind that the speed of your website always comes first. This means that every time you decide to upload an image, you might have a tough time optimizing it in a way that suits your blog the most. On the other hand, with EWWW Image Optimizer, you can automate most of this process, by allowing the plugin to optimize the images as soon as they are uploaded to the website.
As you can see, the best part of implementing abovementioned five plugins to your website is that they boost its functionality, at the same time. In this way, while becoming visually much more pleasing, your website also becomes better organized, more captivating and much faster. A triple win scenario if there ever was one.