In line with this festive season, here are some artistic ways to spruce up your WordPress website.
Christmas is in the air – and online! Just like decorating your home for the Holidays with Christmas tree and colorful lights, your website needs some “frosting” as well to spread a joyful Holiday spirit to your existing and potential customers.
To help you doll up your webpage or online store, we took the effort to cache some stylish and fun Holiday-inspired plugins and themes for you to choose from.
Just a heads up, it is best not to make any alterations to your WordPress site theme directly. Try working through offline files first so that you can simply re-upload the previous files and overwrite the changes if you inadvertently made some errors.
Customizing your webpage theme may require an ample of time. So, if you want something fast – go ahead and add a plugin instead.
Without more fuss, choose any of these plugins and themes to add a little bit (if not more!) of Yuletide effect to your site.
Have a ‘merry’ page with these Plugins
Holiday Countdown. Remind your clients how many days they have left to shop online with this free Christmas Countdown Widget. It displays a jolly Santa Claus in your sidebar and pops in a “Merry Christmas” message to your visitors on Christmas day.
Countdown Clock is also a smart plugin because you can customize the event, like Summer and Olympics for example.
Snowflakes. Give your customers and readers a feel of winter wonderland with this falling snowflakes plugin. Simply Snow and WP Super Snow are the most popular free snow plugins, but if you want a sleeker touch, you can pick out either 5sec Snow or Christmas Magic. It will only cost you about $7 to $9.
Holiday Message. Send a special touch of love to your visitors this Holiday with personalize greetings.
Dashing through the Themes
StoreXmas. Designed to provide optimum e-store functionality, the theme consists of multiple sections on the front page. It also includes a number of features, including widgets, multiple navigation and social menus, a logo, and color options.
Christmas Bell. This freshly-updated theme has the full package. It features the following: custom logo, header media option, menus, breadcrumb, featured content, featured slider, and hero content. Also, it includes layout options, pagination options, portfolio, service, testimonials, widgets, and many more.
Christmas Hestia. With over 200+ active installs, this theme is perfect for blogging enthusiasts.
Bonus: Scheduled site styling
WP Scheduled Styles. This plugin allows the user to schedule an additional CSS file to display on the website for a specific period of time – like Christmas – or special events.
WP Scheduled Themes. Instead of adding a CSS file, this plugin helps you schedule a different theme on your website easily. Your website theme will automatically change to a Christmas theme or whatever theme you have set up for that special event.
Just a quick note. As mentioned earlier in this article, changing WordPress theme requires extra time and effort and it’s recommended to work on it offline or let a web whiz do his magic. If you are updating your website to add plugins or a new theme, be sure to test your site on all browsers and evaluate page loading time.
Plugins and themes generally promote a better end-user experience. That being said, Christmas plugins and themes are really awesome touches to your page during this joyous season. They bring out a festive Holiday mood to your e-store or website.
However, you will have to remember that your visitors will pay more attention to how fast your webpage can load all the displays rather than the snowflakes and blinking lights. So make sure to optimize your website to keep a 100% uptime and optimum performance.
Go ahead. Surprise your readers and customers with a Christmas-themed, fully-operational website.