Plugins extend the functionality of your clients’ websites, so they deliver a better user experience, top up marketing, support your brand identity, etc. Which route would you take: would you buy premium WordPress plugins that are (hopefully) compatible with your theme, and then integrate them yourself – or get an extension-rich theme right from the start?
Themeco have put their best foot forward with X Theme. Now, 15 functional extensions can help you do lots of things with your websites! While 4 are created by Themeco, the other 11 plugins are are polished for fast page loading time – and equally useful.
4 Game-Changing Tools
The first of Themeco’s expertly made extensions complements your need to effectively engage website users. Content Dock is the tool that allows you to slide a lateral box on screen as users scroll down the page.
That box is a great location for text and images (information or short term offers), Shortcodes (e.g. Recent Posts), and links. You choose which pages the Content Dock appears on, and have full styling control over it.
Videos are successful marketing tools. Configure a Video Lock with X Theme! You can decide on the exact video width, insert a heading and subheading to go with it, and make it start playing with a 10 to 60 second delay (really useful if your visitors have to read through the content of your page, first).
Also, choose one of 3 marketing buttons (or design your own), and call viewers to action at any point.
Do you sometimes get the feeling that your client projects are too impersonal? You can add a human touch with the White Label extension. This custom-made plugin from Themeco enables you to upload an image with your logo on the WordPress log-in screen.
On top of that, you can move on the the Add-ons Home. Your clients would appreciate it if you thanked them when handing over your projects, and advised them or inserted tutorials.
Parallax continues to gather followers in 2015. I have seen a fair share of charming parallax websites, and also some horrific misuses of this narrative technique. So, make sure you don’t abuse it. X Theme has come up with a new extension that change how users experience your parallax scrolling backgrounds. Namely, you can set up Smooth Scrolling. But first, be positive that most of your users scroll down with a mouse wheel.
11 Handy Plugins
There are other extended benefits when working with X Theme. For instance, you get a solid MailChimp integration to customize dashing sign-up forms, and Google Analytics to measure user engagement over time. Plus, you can choose to configure either of two comment systems (Disqus or Facebook Comments), and create content sliders with Soliloquy or Slider Revolution.
X Theme continues to grow. It won’t stop until it reaches full potential, and gives web designers everything they need to create high-end websites for every client. Keep a close eye on Themeco, because there’s no stopping them: in 2015, wonderful things will come your way.