2015 was a great year for both free and premium WordPress plugins. Since WP Theme Roundups has already discussed the top free plugins for 2015, I wanted to take an opportunity to take a look at the top premium plugins for 2015 from the largest list of premium plugins: CodeCanyon.net. This list shows their latest listing of the top 10 selling plugins. I’ve placed them in order of sales for your convenience.
Visual Composer: Page Builder for WordPress
Visual Composer is a drag and drop page builder with both a frontend and backend editor. You can build with either one and switch between them any time. The template system lets you create pages and reuse them. It includes 40 pre-defined layouts to choose from. An advanced grid system lets you build your own grids using a grid builder, or choose from 40 predefined templates. It has a parallax background, video background, image filters, element presets, and you have full control over widths and heights of rows, and height, gap, and position of columns.
It’s multilingual ready and includes .po and .mo files. It’s responsive to look good on desktop and mobile devices, and you define column sizes and display options. You can even see how it looks on mobile devices straight from your site. It’s SEO friendly. This is one of the best tools available for building your own layouts.
The Regular license is $34.
Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress Plugin
Slider Revolution is a powerful slider, but it’s even more than that. It includes lots of useful tools such as sliders, carousels, hero blocks, social media feeds, media galleries, and front pages. You can build your own sliders with the visual editor. One of the features I found interesting is you can build it as a presentation complete with animations, behaviors, actions, attributes, visibility, styles, sizes, and more.
It’s responsive so it works great with all devices and screen sizes. It’s optimized for speed and includes lazy loading options, and the core size scales based on the features that are used. It doesn’t require any coding and it’s easy to set up and use. This is the most popular slider plugin available.
The Regular license is $19.
Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer
This one is an add-on to the Visual Composer that adds even more cool features that include parallax scrolling, video backgrounds, animations, row effects, icon fonts, and lots of elements. Other features include:
- Animation block
- Advanced buttons
- Flip boxes
- Countdown timer
- Google Maps
- Google trends
- Info box
- Info circle
- Info list
- Info table
- Interactive banners
- Just icon
- List icon
- Modal box
- Price box
- Highlight box
- Fancy text
If that wasn’t enough it also includes an icons font manager where you can customize your icon fonts and includes 2500 font icons for free. You can search them in real-time with its built-in search feature.
The Regular License is $18.
LayerSlider Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin
LayerSlider is a multi-purpose slider that will let you create content sliders, image galleries, and slideshows. You can display them within posts and pages. It has 200 preset 2D and 3D slide transitions. You can build your sliders using the drag and drop builder which includes a timeline view and transition builder for custom animations. You can preview the sliders in real time. It includes multiple layout options.
It includes 13 skins and lots of options for customizing them. You can add practically any type of content you want including text, images, YouTube and Vimeo videos, custom HTML, and HTML5 multimedia. It’s fully responsive and includes gesture touch controls.
The Regular license is $18.
UberMenu – WordPress Mega Menu Plugin
Mega menus add a special touch to a website. The most popular premium mega menu is Ubermenu. It includes a full grid system that lets you create your own layouts and includes columns, rows, images, forms, maps, icons, etc. You can create tabbed sub-menus. The customizer lets you change 50 settings including background colors, font colors, weights, and sizes, headers, arrows, spacing, and more.
It includes 25 Google fonts, CSS3 transitions, both vertical and horizontal menus, and multiple triggers. You can manage multiple menus independently of each other. It’s fully responsive and is touch-enabled so your readers can use it on their mobile devices.
The Regular license is $19.
Ninja Popups for WordPress
Ninja Popups is a popup system that’s designed to increase your email subscription list. It has 74 different animation effects that allow your forms and their content to appear on the screen. It has a popups library that you can import into your WordPress site with a single click. It has a drag and drop theme-builder so you can quickly make your own popup design, or you can use one of the 40 included popup themes.
It uses fast-loading scripts with optimized images. It includes statistics so you know what works and what doesn’t. It has page-level targeting so you can use a different popup on each page. It integrates with 42 email marketing providers and 6 popular social networks. It’s fully responsive to work great on all devices.
The Regular license is $25.
EventOn – WordPress Event Calendar Plugin
EventOn provides nice event calendars that you can display on pages, posts, and within widgets. You can show the event time and date, location with a Google map, a featured image, upcoming events, a button to add the event to their calendar, event details, feature an event, rearrange the event’s data, and lots more. You can set events to be recurring. It includes shortcodes, calendar widgets, and more. You can accept payments for the events through PayPal. It supports single and multi-day events.
You can have up to five categories and customize colors based on event-type. It includes font icons. You can filter events on the calendar or create pre-filtered calendars. It has three custom meta fields and you can choose the icons and add custom data. Schema SEO data is supported to help you rank better for local searches.
The Regular license is $29.
Essential Grid WordPress Plugin
Essential Grid is a grid building plugin that lets you set up a grid and place any of your content within the grid. It includes 30 skins and a visual skin editor that lets you make as many skins as you want or modify the ones that are included. You can adjust colors, fonts, styles, heights, etc.
You can place any kind of content formats within any of the grids to place elements within your websites such as portfolios, pricing tables, maps, forms, blogs, services, testimonials, sliders, products, videos, and more. You can import and export to iThemes. It’s WPML ready to work with any language, and fully responsive to work on any screen size.
The Regular license is $26.
Hide My WP – No one can know you use WordPress!
Why would you want to hide the fact you’re using WordPress? It helps improve security. New security issues are revealed every day. This means that your site could be vulnerable to a new threat every day. One thing that can help is to hide the fact that you’re using WordPress. Hide My WP does that by controlling who has access to your files and folders. Your files or folders will remain intact, guaranteeing maximum compatibility.
It does change a few permalinks that include directories for themes, plugins, upload URL, AJAX URL, queries URL, author permalinks, RSS feeds, archives, pages, posts, tags, categories, etc. It will replace words in your HTML output file, compress your HTML and remove comments, minify CSS and HTML files, remove WordPress meta from your header and feeds, and unnecessary menu classes, clean up the body classes, change the default email sender, and more. It includes a custom 404 page and antispam. It will also notify you when someone is snooping around.
The Regular license is $23.
Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress
Easy Social Share Buttons allows you and your visitors to share your content on more than 35 social networks. You can monitor the results, and increase your social traffic. It includes 12 social buttons with 4 styles and 19 automated display options which includes on-screen locations and within a widget. You can place them on your home page, media, quotes, and more using 7 different shortcodes. It also has counters for each network.
It has social share optimization, metrics, and analytics so you can know what is effective and what isn’t. There are 22 templates to choose from and you can customize them using the built-in customizer. It works with all post types. It’s optimized for mobile and includes several mobile display options.
The Regular license is $19.
Well that’s the 10 most popular premium plugins for WordPress for 2015 from CodeCanyon. Do you agree with this list? Should something have been excluded or should something else have been included? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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