WordPress CMS Plugins and Extra Functionality
Standard Plugins/Functionality for all builds:
- Contact Form 7
- Better WordPress re-CAPTCHA
- Black Studio TinyMCE Widget
- EWWW Image Optimizer
- Disable Comments
Not required for one page websites, but standard on other packages:
- White Label CMS - white label dashboard to Bizboost branding
- WPFront User Role Editor- to set up client as editor
Installed but only turned on once site is launched:
- WP Fastest Cache
- WP Optimize
- Wordfence – configured to only send alerts to firstname.lastname@example.org for Warnings and Critical Problems
Other commonly used plugins for design:
- Genesis Dambuster - allows full width content background
IE Bizboost website: https://www.bizboost.com.au/
(Our reward is wathcing you succeed section with blue background going full screen).
- amr shortcode any widget (include any widget on any page of a theme)
- Genesis Layout Extras
- WP Edit - allows you to add buttons to your text editor (ie Anchors, Tables)
- Simple 301 Redirects - for websites that you need to create redirects as part of launch.
Very easy in WordPress so always included in build (although not included in one page website as not required).
Included in Business Booster Platinum & Premium
$220 - for Booster
MyStickyMenu (by M.R.D.A) - plugin which allows you to set up a sticky menu without programmer assistance. Used on Murrayview Park and A1 Mini Excavations.
Really Simple SSL (by Rogier Lankhorst) - plugin that can be used when we need to change URL to https without programmer assistance. Used on Murrayview Park.
Plugins: WP Edit
Need to add anchor button to the text editor buttons
On page: IE Wattle Wood Springs - click on one of recipes at the top) http://www.wattlewoodsprings.com.au/yankaponga-lamb/recipes/ this is set up in text editor area using button you added.
Or in menu: IE Sea of Qi: Click on 'Conditions' in menu: http://www.seaofqi.com.au/ - this is set up in menu area as custom links using #
Plugins: Contact Form 7 & Better WordPress re-CAPTCHA
1 Contact Enquiry form is included in all packages.
IE: River Breez Houseboats: http://www.riverbreezhouseboats.com.au/contact-river-breez/
Additional forms are per hourly charge - estimate your time.
Can change the CSS to make more interesting on the page ie: Keith Sand & Metal http://www.keithsandandmetal.com.au/contact/
Can make an enquiry form with a dropdown to send to different departments with different email addresses ie:
Kensi Club - http://kensiclub.org.au/contact-us/
Casterton Kelpies - http://www.castertonkelpieassociation.com.au/contact-us/
Can also make into a pop-up: Bizboost website https://www.bizboost.com.au/web www.murraymallee.org.au/contact-us
Plugin for pop-up: Easy Fancy Box
Plugin for pop-up: Popup Maker
Can schedule when pop up appears and on what page.
Can do a simple subscribe form in a footer widget ie: http://www.riverbreezhouseboats.com.au - (bottom left hand footer widget) client will receive email with details and need to add manually to their database.
Can also link to a MailChimp SignUp form- ie Bizboost website https://www.bizboost.com.au/ (bottom middle footer widget), this uses a MailChimp WordPress Plugin
Plugin for pop-up: Easy Forms for MailChimp by YIKES
Blog (Posts area)
Comments can be turned on of off.
Can include search, listing recent, categories.
Can include social share buttons for each blog post.
Better WordPress re-CAPTCHA (for comments area)
Facebook Open Graph, Google+ and Twitter Card Tags (for Social Share buttons)
If they want a very specific layout or customized features we will need to estimate costs.
Blog Designer - a plugin that allows you to better customise how the blog is displayed (useful if the website is not built with genesis). It can then be added to any page using a shortcode. Used on Beyond Travel Cambodia
Latest News Snippets
Can just be set-up as a global widget where client can edit text in this area (no cost - part of packages but more manual to update)
Pulls headings and snippets for new posts:
Can set up multiple global widgets and then apply each to the relevant pages:
$160 (or INCLUDED IN PLATINUM)
May need plugin: Recent Posts Widget Extended (Control over the output of your websites latest posts)
Photo Galleries - Next Gen Galleries
*** Please note if installing this to a live WordPress website deactivate any plugins that are to do with optimising the site ie Eww Optimiser, Comet Cache (formally Zen Cache), WP Cache etc or site will crash***
Plugin: NextGEN Gallery by Photocrati
NextGEN Plus by Photocrati (we purchased this as addional gallery options)
These plugins have a lot of different layouts etc available. Also easy to manage one gallery or create albums.
NextGen Basic Thumbnails (displays in lightbox, ordered layout, with our without caption)
Next Gen Pro Thumbnail Grid (displays in a grid layout with NOT uniform thumbnail size with light box click through)
OR with uniform thumbnail size:
Masonry: (displays in a grid that responds to image size)
Light box - with no option to click through to next image
Album Pro - displays multiple albums which then open up to different galleries ie: http://kensiclub.org.au/gallery/
Carousel Photo Gallery
A photo gallery in carousel format that you can set so that the photos scroll through automatically and you can have it fixed width or make it full width across the entire screen.
Plugin: Carousel Slider
Instagram Photo Galleries
Photo Gallery that is linked to your Instagram account and automatically uploads the photos that you post in Instagram into a lightbox style photo gallery on your website.
Plugin: Instagram Feed
Plugin: Huge IT Video Gallery
This allows you to upload bulk videos or sort a heap of YouTube video links into a gallery with captions and info etc.
Slider (rotating header images)
Plugin: Genesis Responsive Slider
*Recommend to all clients to only include on home page (reduce loading time of other pages)
*Set-up in Posts, tick 'Slider' category and add in feature image.
http://www.rinpra.com.au/ - full width slider
http://www.keithsandandmetal.com.au/ - smaller slider part of a custom design
http://www.banquetangus.com.au/ - full width with logo sitting over top
$220 (Included in Platinum)
Plugin: WonderPlugin Slider
*Recommend to all clients to only include on home page (reduce loading time of other pages)
*Allows you to set up sliders and then lay text over the top of the image with transitions in the backend.
$220 (Included in Platinum)
Interchangeable Header Images
Main image landscape in the header or under menu can be different on each page.
Included in Platinum and Premium.
$160 for Booster
Interactive Header Image with Pop Up Sections
Plugin: Pop Up Maker
If you want to have certain sections of your header image that open up a pop up window with info if clicked on.
IE www.murraylandsfoodalliance.com.au (included in custom design)
Photo Gallery - GS Logo Slider
Photo Gallery - Ads Rotate
One area that rotates through different ads, creates a bit of movement on the page and saves room in the design.
Spence Dix and Co use it for displaying upcoming livestock sale ads.
Could be used to showcase sponsors logos.
http://www.spencedixandco.com.au/ - see sidebar under calendar
Plugin: Ads Rotate
Way to display products (details & photo) consistently.
Plugin: WooCommerce (need to change settings to remove add to cart & payment settings). One advantage of using WooCommerce - easily change to to full online store in the future.
IE: http://www.bassworks.com.au/product/christopher-34-hybrid-double-bass/ - Bassworks doesn't always display prices for a product or allow you to add to cart)
Forms - simplest versions:
PDF order form (just linked into page)
- these are quick and easy and no extra cost - but not so user-friendly for customers
- an online form that prints (does not submit by email)- client can then contact purchaser and get payment if they have merch facilities or they can provide bank account details for payment straight into their account
Online form with no payment online - use Contact Form7
Like an enquiry form, sends an email to business owner with details and they need to contact purchaser to follow up order & payment details. They could then send a return email with invoice & banking account details for direct payment into their account. Can also set it up so that the purchaser gets an message with an order no and phone no (so they have a record).
Cost: Hourly rate for set-up and testing (need to estimate this for client)
Online Store with Shopping Cart
WooCommerce -Online Store and Shopping Cart
WooCommerce Australia Post -Obtain parcel shipping rates dynamically via the Australia Post API for your orders
WooCommerce Shipping-A plugin to add %5 handling
Starts at $990 - need to work out requirements then quote individually with programmer.
Some things you need to check with client include:
- what merchant facilities they have
- if they can work out freight costs (ie set freight cost, or deliver to 4 different areas and these have 4 flat freight rates)
- the no. of products for their store, the variety with-in each product ie size, price, colour
- PayPal (we have only set up this option for Bassworks so far)
- Direct Bank Transfer
- Cheque Payment
- Cash on Delivery
- Online Payment Gateways - eg. Stripe, eWay, Secure Pay
PayPal is good for businesses with no EFTPOS facilities.
Extra Product Options
For a customised online store that allows you to pick custom variations of a products.
Plugin: WooCommerce Extra Product Options
For accommodation bookings FIRST suggest a full booking service (ie Lush pastures uses ResOnline Channel Manager). This easily integrates with the larger online booking sites. There is an ongoing cost for these which is not cheap
- Charge $80/hr just for our time to link or embed like an update.
If they are looking for a cheaper option, some plugins we can use:
Book an Appointment
Sea Of Qi - signed up for a 'Timely' Account - (http://www.gettimely.com/)
Allows booking in different acupuncture appointments - starting price is $19 per month.
You can list the person you are booking with & different treatments (with prices). Client goes through and books online.
Plugin: Timely Booking Widgets
Cost: $160 (WITHOUT PAYMENT SET UP)
Organise Timely widget onto website, colour match & test.
For Sea of Qi payment online is not set up as they pay after their appointment but is possible to set this up in Timely but would need to charge more.
- Use for one room/ boat to book out.
- This is MANUAL we use a contact form to get the person bookings details ie Name, Email, Dates etc
Then once received the website owner needs to manually go into the backend and book out those dates on the availability calendar.
Plugins: Booking Calendar & Contact Form7 & Better WordPress re-CAPTCHA
$330 (Time for an online form + Availability Calendar Set Up)
Secure Login areas
- eg for clients or members
- restricted access to some pages
Plug In: WP Membership - basic membership plugin that allows you to restrict certain pages within the website to members only. Can set up unlimited members with own unique username and password. Also has the advanced option to set up a membership payment option if required - or can just do a basic free one.
Unique password - $160
Non-unique password - $330
Events calendar that can be displayed in a list or calendar view - can link external websites and generate google maps to events.
Plugin: Events Manager
IE: http://www.spencedixandco.com.au/ - in global sidebar
Can show dates events are on - have name and dates appear in a list.
Click through for more details about the event.
Easy Events Calendar using Posts
WP Scheduled Posts - This plugin allows you to schedule the date that posts are displayed as - so for example, I can set the date of the post as sometime in the future and publish it immediately. That way it displays like an event date. Alvin can then customise the formatting of the posts so that it shows the date more predominantly. Events must be manually removed though when they pass as they don't disappear.
More complicated search we can build - would need more details - cost is TBA.
Social Media Icons and Streams
Facebook Stream: https://www.bizboost.com.au/web/facebook-business-pages/
Plugin: Facebook Social Stream - can change text and colour code
Plugin: WordPress Social Board - http://www.livestocksa.org.au/ a live feed where you can incorporate all of your Social Media accounts into 1. Can be displayed in a range of different ways - a wall, a grid, a carousel, a a pop up feed etc.
Need to purchse plugin from : https://codecanyon.net/item/wordpress-social-board/10458271?ref=axentmedia
Plugin: Social Slider - paid version http://www.spencedixandco.com.au/
a live feed which appears as a pop out from the edge of the screen. Can choose the size and colour of the pop out icon. Can use this to display multiple different social media accounts at once.
Need to purchase plugin from: https://codecanyon.net/item/facebook-likebox-slider-for-wordpress/1021632?s_rank=7
Social Media Sharing
Plugin: Get Social - hover on sidebar and allows you to share to large variety of Social Media platforms.
Social Media Sharing
Plugin: Share Buttons by AddThis - hover on sidebar and allow you to share to a large variety of Social Media plaforms.
WooCommerce Social Media Sharing
Plugin: WooCommerce Social Media Share Buttons - social sharing buttons that can be displayed on individual product pages within online store
Many 1000's of plugin options and layouts
Hot Spot Map
Don't recommend as it is hard to make responsive down the track. It is possible for laptop but if you make responsive then disable on mobile version and create alternative way of showing info.
$330 - depending on complexity.
Hotspot Map of Australia:
Plugin: Interactive Australia Map
Hotspot Map of Australia:
Plugin: HTML5 Maps
Google Location Map
Widget: Google Maps Widget (easy and quick install for basic map)
Plugin: WP Google Map Plugin (more flexible for more than one map on a website page)
- an easy way to add a location map
- also helps people find your listing in google
- people can get directions to your property
http://www.cashmoreoaklea.com.au/contact-us/ - contact us page
http://www.keithsandandmetal.com.au/ - near footer
http://www.seaofqi.com.au/ - footer
http://www.wattlewoodsprings.com.au/ - global sidebar
$40 - need to get them to set up the google account and verify.
Then just put code into Genesis Theme Settings page: Header area.
Table - used to highlight packages
Would mainly add to custom designed sites. Creates a bit of interest and movement.
Plug In: Pricing Table by Supsystic
Ie Bizboost Website > Web packages:
Expandable Text (or Images) area:
Show a concise explanation of product or services, and then click for longer version that pops down. Could also be used for Frequently Asked Questions Section (FAQ).
IE http://www.seaofqi.com.au/ - scroll down to Acupuncture Techniques section
Plugin: Toggle box
Plugin: Accordion Shortcode
Plugin: Read More without refresh
Can be added - charge $80 per hour
Add an actual site map onto website as a page
$80 (for our fiddle time)
Customer Review Form
If clients want to be able to allow customers to leave them a review and then publish the comments/ratings on their site.
Plug In: WP Customer Reviews
Ie River Breez Houseboats > Reviews:
If the clients want to have responsive tables that can be sorted by column. There is also the option to search for a specific piece of data.
You can also add images and videos to the table which open in little pop up windows.
You can alternate shading of the rows and also have hidden columns of data that is still searchable - so if you wanted to have keywords for certain entries and that people could search for but not see them.
Plug In: Tables by Supsystic
Ie. Detpa Grove, Mid Murray Family Connections
Plug In: Table Maker Easy way to set up responsive tables and display on pages using a short code. Can customise the look of the tables easily.
Plug In: Random Numbers
Automatic counter which counts up to a selected figure when you open the page.
Carousel Content Sections
Plug In: WonderPlugin Carousel
Content sections that display in a carousel - usually have an image and title and a 'Read More' link which viewers can click on.
Plug In: Accordion Menu
Allows you to have a secondary menu which appears on the page and displays all drop down pages under the parent menu item.
Plugin: Simple 301 Redirects
Allows you to set up redirects within your WordPress site. Redirects no longer work in cPanel for WordPress so have to do it this way or get the programmer to change the htaccess file.
Easy Tabbed Menu on a Page
Plugin: Wonder Plugin Tabs + Featured Content
Allows you to set up uniform buttons on a page that when clicked on show different information in a certain section on the page - rather than a complete new page.
Coming Soon or Maintenance Pages
Plugin: Maintenance by Fruitful Code
Was useful when a needed to be launched in a rush and every page of the website had to be completely hidden from the public. It meant the website could be launched in advance but hidden until a certain day. The client can still access the site after entering their login details, set up in users.