Free WordPress Plugins
As always the WordPress community has had their thinking caps on this week to create WordPress plugins that are not only useful but also free.
As usual with the round up, I’m only highlighting plugins that would be particularly useful to internet marketers using WordPress as their CMS.
If you are not a code king/queen you may appreciate the ease that you can add a scroll to the top action on your site. Just use the aptly named Scroll to Top plugin
Hide My Site -lets face it sometimes we just want to hide our site until it is fit for the public.
Click 4 Time Calendar – makes appointment bookings easy. The free version is only suitable for 20 bookings per month.
Menu Swapper – allows you to get more control over the navigational menus that you create
WP Real Estate – there are a lot of real estate plugins and themes but the more the merrier for this market!
Although there are already a number of events style plugin in the repository and paid versions the Events Handler plugin is also worth a mention because of the multi day events and the inbuilt support of major languages
Add a bit of fun and user engagement to your site with the Fvote Plugin
Premium WordPress Plugins
Since I started using unroll.me I miss all the excitement about big releases in the IM community. The reason that I started using unroll.me is to save time and avoid the BSO syndrome! That doesn’t mean that I’m out of the loop though ….I’m a member of enough forums and groups that I know when something has been released WordPress wise 🙂
This week there was a big push to sell a plugin. In fact, a quick glance of my email subscription summary on unroll.me told me just how keen people were to promote it.
Viber Spy – the plugin tracks what people do on your websites using eye tracking heat maps. You can watch live and see what visitors do on your website (or on your client’s site).
This concept is NOT NEW. If you are using Crazy Egg you already are familiar with this concept.
The concept of using a WordPress plugin is also NOT NEW. There have been plugins in the past that do this as well. The problem with them was that they didn’t work too good 🙂
Why you might need it
- If you sell products or services (including promoting as an affiliate) collecting data on how people engage with your site can help you increase your conversions. Knowing that people don’t interact with your sidebar for example means that it is pointless to put your prime product in that position. Knowledge is power 🙂
- It’s cheaper than other solutions and a one off fee. Instead of paying $99 per month with Crazy Egg for instance you could use the plugin for a fraction of the price.
Why you might not need it
- You might not do affiliate marketing or sell products or services including offline services to clients
- it’s cheaper than other solutions and a one off fee. Contradictory I know 🙂 I’ve often found that a lot of plugins that don’t have an annual fee to cover support and upgrades of features end up as cyber dust on my computer.
If you are keen on reading more then you’ll need to get in quick. THe usual scarcity tactic of a limited launch sale is in play.
I haven’t used the plugin (or purchased it). I probably will though…I mean after all it IS a plugin and I am addicted 🙂
If I buy it I’m pretty sure that it is not going to work 100% and be a totally accurate tool. Quite frankly technology is not at that level yet. If I buy it, I’ll be buying it as a useful tool that will give me some indications of user engagement (and a lot more than what I’ve got now).
Sadly the WordPress themes that I’ve seen this week are all yawnsville and replicate themes that have been presented in the past (over and over). If anyone has seen something different, unique and truly exciting then let me know in the comments below.