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12 Useful WordPress Plugins for Page Layouts

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When it comes to plugins for laying out the pages on your WordPress site, Visual Composer is a hard one to beat. This easy-to-use drag-and-drop page builder with over 200 unique addons will help the developer and the novice alike create just about any layout imaginable.  

But for users looking to modify just one page in a specific way, this powerful page builder is probably overkill. That’s why we’ve scoured CodeCanyon for the most useful WordPress page layout plugins and have come up with these 12 that will meet a variety of needs.

1. Essential Grid WordPress Plugin

Whether you’re looking for just the right grid to display your blog posts, photos, products, testimonials, social media streams, services or whatever else you have in mind, The Essential Grid WordPress Plugin has got you covered.

This multipurpose grid enables you to display any content on your WordPress site in your choice of elegant grid form. First you decide what source you want to use for your grid entry. Then you customise the grid by choosing from three available styles before selecting your required number of columns and rows and setting spacing for the items. From there you can add any number of skins available to customise your look further.

Essential Grid WordPress Plugin

Notable features:

  • over 25 example skins included
  • widely varied content sources possible, including images, YouTube, HTML5 self-hosted video, etc.
  • various animation styles available
  • responsive and mobile optimised
  • and more

Essential Grid WordPress Plugin is an engaging and visually appealing way to show off content on your WordPress page.

2. FlatFolio

FlatFolio is another great option for those looking for an alternative grid layout. Aside from being highly customisable, the plugin has the additional benefit of offering both Carousel and Slider functions as well. You can customise the grid with logos, captions, coloured overlays, titles and subtitles, hover shadows, and more.

FlatFolio

Notable features:

  • preview feature
  • carousel and slider features
  • unlimited item formats
  • various overlay effects
  • and more

For creatives and other users wanting to show off their visual content, FlatFolio is a versatile and easy-to-use layout choice. 

3. Sidebar and Widget Manager

If you’ve ever wished for the freedom to place a widget in the content area of your WordPress site page, the Sidebar and Widget Manager has heard your prayers. The plugin allows you complete control of where you add widgets to your site’s pages by expanding placement possibility beyond the sidebar and footer area to the page content area.

Sidebar and Widget Manager

Notable features:

  • drag-and-drop grid manager
  • vertical or horizontal widget alignment
  • ability to display or hide any widget on any page
  • supports any kind of content
  • and more

Being able to add widgets to any area of your WordPress site page with the Sidebar & Widget Manager plugin is a great way to build your own unique page layout.

4. Content Manager for WordPress

The Content Manager for WordPress plugin is probably the most versatile of the plugins in this list because it allows you to create any kind of layout you desire in three simple steps. Simply add a new page, create your desired layout with the drag-and-drop interface, and then add your content. 

Content Manager for WordPress

Notable features:

  • ability to add unlimited fully editable pages
  • 10 layout colours
  • 30 Google Font options
  • multiple language support
  • and more

User rjhuntington says of Content Manager for WordPress: “Love it! Solves so many irksome WP shortcomings.”

5. Stupid Simple Testimonials

The Stupid Simple Testimonials plugin makes it super easy to add testimonials or quotes to your page layout. Using a simple shortcode that can be inserted in pages, posts and widgets, the plugin features eight unique ways to customise your page layout.

Stupid Simple Testimonials

Notable features:

  • grid layout automatically adjusts to match the total number of testimonials
  • six unique colour schemes provided to match your theme
  • ability to divide your testimonials into categories for easy management
  • ability to edit using the standard WordPress editor
  • and more

The Stupid Simple Testimonials plugin is a straightforward way to alter your page layout and will integrate your testimonials or quotes into your site in a crisp, professional fashion.

6. WordPress Meet the Team Shortcode Plugin

Just as the Stupid Simple Testimonials plugin above is dedicated to adding testimonials to your page layout, the WordPress Meet the Team Shortcode Plugin is dedicated to adding your team members to your page layout in an elegant and professional way. 

The plugin allows you to not only show members of your team but also arrange them by categories or groups as needed. What’s more, the plugin allows you to add and manage individual member information like job titles, locations, social media, etc.

WordPress Meet the Team Shortcode Plugin

Notable features:

  • responsive grid or carousel view
  • unlimited custom fields
  • drag-and-drop ordering
  • supports up to 12 columns
  • highly customizable
  • and more

WordPress Meet the Team Shortcode Plugin is a good choice if introducing your team and their specialities to potential visitors to your site is a priority.

7. JC WooCommerce Multistep Checkout

The JC WooCommerce Multistep Checkout plugin is designed to improve your customer’s checkout experience by replacing WooCommerce’s default checkout layout. The aim of the plugin is to display each step of the checkout process clearly, so that at any given time users know exactly where they are and how far along they are in the process.

JC WooCommerce Multistep Checkout

Notable features:

  • easily control which steps are displayed
  • ability to add custom steps like user authentication
  • customisable text, style and layout features
  • and more

JC WooCommerce Multistep Checkout is a good choice for refining your WooCommerce checkout process.

8. UberMenu

What’s a great site without an equally great menu layout to help your visitors navigate your content seamlessly? UberMenu plugin is designed to facilitate just such easy navigation. The highly customisable and responsive plugin offers seven main menus and several submenu options to suit a wide variety of tastes and needs.

UberMenu

Notable features:

  • easy to add images, descriptions, Google maps, etc.
  • choice of 18 layout variables
  • fully responsive and compatible with mobile and touch-enabled devices
  • extensive user-friendly documentation
  • and more

UberMenu works out of the box with the WordPress Menu System, making it simple to get started and create gorgeous menus quickly and easily.

9. WordPress Events Calendar

If you’re looking for a clean and elegant way to keep your customers, clients and/or followers updated on your public appearances then adding the WordPress Events Calendar plugin to your WordPress page layout might be the right solution for you. 

WordPress Events Calendar

Notable features:

  • ability to add multiple calendars to a page or post
  • upcoming events widget
  • multiple languages support
  • and more

User Applicist praises WordPress Events Calendar for its “excellent functionality and UI”.

10. WordPress Content Boxes Plugin

With the WordPress Content Boxes Plugin, it’s all about boxes. 43 stylishly designed boxes to be precise, any of which users can select to contain and showcase site content, like testimonials, social icons, team members, products, pricing lists, etc.

WordPress Content Boxes Plugin

Notable features:

  • over 1,000 icons
  • highly customisable
  • ability to use multiple content boxes in one page
  • and more

Though one of the newer additions to CodeCanyon, WordPress Content Boxes Plugin with Layout Builder is sure to be a big favourite in the coming months. 

11. Flip Magazine

Flip Magazine is a beautifully conceived magazine layout which enables users to simulate page turning by pressing forward or backward arrows. It will appeal to creatives who want to show off their image gallery in full-width magazine-page format, but will also work equally well for those who want to display their WordPress posts stylishly.

With Flip Magazine, you can build unlimited pages with each page carrying its own settings.

Flip Magazine

Notable features:

  • user-friendly touch optimised design with gestures support
  • all Google Fonts supported
  • unlimited flip magazine pages
  • CSS3 animations for navigation menu
  • and more

Flip Magazine is possible the coolest of the 12 plugins featured here, but don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself.

12. Smart Footer System

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty tired of the same old same old when it comes to footers, so I got pretty excited when I found the Smart Footer System, which made me look at footers in a whole new way.  

Smart Footer allows users to customise their footers in any number of ways, including adding photos and videos and various animations. With over 70 different styles to choose from, this highly customisable plugin will breathe new life into the bottom of your WordPress site pages.

Smart Footer System

Notable features:

  • several animation modes and speeds
  • innovative and powerful admin panel 
  • video background possible
  • highly customisable
  • and more

With the Smart Footer System plugin, you no longer have any excuse for having dull, snooze-inducing footers on your site.

Conclusion

These 12 plugins just scratch the surface of page layout plugins available at Envato Market. So if none of them catch your fancy, there are plenty of other great options there to hold your interest.

And if you want to improve your skills building WordPress sites, check out the ever so useful free WordPress tutorials we have on offer.

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