Interactive images area great way to help take your website to the next level. They can be used in a variety of ways – many of which you might not have even thought of! Let’s take a look at some case studies:
You own a shop/supply products
If you’re in the business of selling products, you can use interactive images to highlight parts of your product to give further details on each area’s function. You can also highlight your products in action! Think of construction systems – you can show how your products can interact with buildings and provide additional data to potential clients.
You work in real estate
Real estate websites often show interior layouts and plans. With interactive images, you can allow the user to hover over individual rooms to access further information such as area and use.
You’re planning an event
Guide your guests by using interactive maps to help them arrive at their destination.
You have a teaching portal
Teaching a language? Why not depict images which reveal the word in a foreign language when you hover over them?
Interactive image and mapping plugins provide a better user experience for your readers. In this post I’ll be looking at the 6 best plugins for WordPress in 2020.
With over 10,000 active installs and a 5-star average review, Draw Attention is the #1 WordPress plugin for creating interactive images and image maps.
The plugin is perfect for all use cases, including:
- Product highlights for affiliate sellers
- Floorplans to show off real estate
- Maps to show off properties or venues
The plugin allows you to highlight areas on your images to turn them into interactive ones, providing more information for your readers. The PRO version also comes with color schemes and additional layout options that you can use to bring your images to life.
Draw Attention is incredibly easy to use, responsive, and accessible. In addition to this, it comes with super fast and friendly customer support.
The plugin comes with 3 pricing options:
- The free plan on WordPress.org
- Single Plan ($74) which allows you to use the plugin on one website
- Unlimited plan (most popular) ($124) which allows you to use the plugin on an unlimited number of websites
With the Simply Schedule Appointments plugin in their repertoire, the team behind the Draw Attention plugin has created a great addition to any website. Check out their selection of websites showcasing their plugin in action!
For a more in-depth look at the Draw Attention plugin, check out our review.
At $33.80 per year including 12 months of support, WooMapper is focused mostly on WooCommerce applications. The plugin lets you add custom pins to images that link to WooCommerce products.
This plugin is a great way to display your WooCommerce product, price, image, and description to your potential clients in a relatively new and innovative way. WooMapper is easy to use and allows you to customize your images to seamlessly integrate into your online shop’s design.
iMapper works in a similar way to WooMapper in that lets you place pins on any image on your WordPress website. It comes with 7 different predesigned pin styles including Area, Highlight, and Shadow Pin, and also allows you to upload your own custom pin.
As you hover over the pins, iMapper can show your content in a number of different ways and lets you determine the position in which your content will be shown. The plugin additionally lets you organize your pins into categories as well as include tabs in your pin content.
iMapper is easy to implement and includes over 600 Google fonts. It is fully responsive and at $32, it is a great addition to any online store or mapping system.
Adverty is a WordPress plugin that is mostly targeted towards advertising. It comes in at $36 and allows you to place ad boxes directly on your images. This can be a great tool for online shops to display their products in use. All you need to do is tag any part of your image and input your content, affiliates, or ads.
Additionally, this plugin can also be used to create banners at the top or bottom of your images to display your ads.
Image Map Pro is one of the more advanced plugins on our list. This plugin can help you create interactive images thanks to its easy-to-use interface and useful tools.
The plugin comes in 2 pricing options:
- Regular ($39/year) – This license allows you to use the plugin in a single end product, and comes with free updates and customer support
- Extended ($169/year) – The extended license allows you to include Image Map Pro in a project, which requires payment from users.
Image Map Pro comes with its own editor which you can try out before purchasing. The interface is intuitive and lets you create custom shapes to make your images stand out. The plugin comes with over 600 high-quality FontAwesome SVG icons included and also lets you upload your own icons to create images that seamlessly integrate with your website’s design.
A great feature that comes with this plugin is the ability to create multiple floors. This can be very useful when depicting things like properties and floor plans. With endless combinations of styles and animations, this plugin is a very good responsive solution to your image needs.
The last plugin on our list is Image Map HotSpot at $22. It helps you display tooltips or annotations on images on your WordPress website. You can choose to display your content either by clicking on the icon or by mouseover.
The plugin has an easy to use working live preview directly in the backend which helps you create the desired look before taking it live. Image Map HotSpot supports Lightbox, meaning that your images, maps, and YouTube or Vimeo videos can be opened up directly upon activating the icon.
Whether you’re looking to enhance your images to display additional information about your products, floor plans, buildings, maps, and pretty much any image application you can think of – interactive images are definitely something you should consider.
In this post, we’ve looked at 6 of the top WordPress plugins:
- Draw Attention (free/$74/$124) – An awesome plugin to create product highlights for affiliate sellers, interactive floorplans, and maps.
- WooMapper ($33.80) – The best plugin for WooCommerce based websites.
- iMapper ($32) – A WordPress plugin that comes with a variety of options for your icons and content.
- Adverty ($36) – The best solution if you’re interested mainly in advertising.
- Image Map Pro ($39/$169) – One of the more sophisticated plugins to create interactive images that seamlessly integrate with your website’s design.
- Image Map HotSpot ($22) – The cheapest solution with an intuitive live working preview in the backend.
Have you come across any more interactive image and mapping plugins? Let me know in the comment section below.