Special effects such as smooth scrolling, page transitions or CSS animations can add some welcome personality to your WordPress website. Use them to call attention to important information, enhance UX and take your designs up a notch.
Here are some free WordPress plugins you can use to add a variety of effects to your site:
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Adding CSS3 animations to your site is easy with Animate It!. The plugin combines the Animate.css and Animo.js libraries in one package containing over 50 animations. Animations can be applied on user events like scroll, hover and click.
Page Animations and Transitions
Page Animations and Transitions offer a selection of nine different “in” and “out” page transitions. You can also set duration times for transitions.
CSS3 Transitions will automatically add (you guessed it) CSS3 transitions to elements on both the front end and (surprisingly) the back end. The transitions are added to any
<input> that have a hover or focus state defined in your theme’s stylesheet. It’s an interesting choice for those who want a very quick solution.
Add animations to any text on your site with Easy Textillate. The plugin includes the textillate.js, animate.css and lettering.js libraries to provide for all sorts of excellent effects for your typography. Generate Shortcodes with the animation styles you want, place them into your content and watch them go!
Ultimate Hover Effects
Use Ultimate Hover Effects to add some life to your image captions. Select an image from the WordPress Media Library and set up the hover effects you want to use. Then it’s just a matter of embedding it into a post or page. A Shortcode generator is also included.
Page scroll to id
Page scroll to id adds smooth-scrolling effects to in-page navigation using CSS ID elements. You can set the scroll duration and easing – with over 30 easing types to choose from. Both vertical and horizontal scrolling is supported and offsets can be configured for individual links.
CSS3 Rotating Words
CSS3 Rotating Words is a handy plugin with a simple function: Rotating a word or words in a sentence using animation. For example, you might have a sentence where you want to change one word:
- WordPress is Fun
- WordPress is Awesome
Choose from five animation styles and also set the font color and size.
WP Progress Bar
Use WP Progress Bar to add animated progress bars to your WordPress pages and posts. Bars are added via a Shortcode. Customize with options for text, colors, percentage (the amount at which the bar finishes its animation) and width.
Page Loading Effects
Page Loading Effects lets you choose from a selection of animations while the content from your site loads in. Once loading is complete, the animation will automatically disappear. You can customize colors in the plugin settings or go even further with your own custom CSS.
SVG Logo and Text Effects
If you’re looking to add a touch of cool to your text without resorting to using images, SVG Logo and Text Effects is worth a look. The plugin has lots of features, including support for Google Fonts. Text you create will be fully editable and SEO-friendly.
Make Your Site Special
The right mix of special effects can bring elements of both fun and utility to your WordPress website. Of course, it’s best to pick and choose carefully when deciding what to use.
A good rule of thumb is to always keep the best interests of users in mind. If a feature increases usability or makes your site more enjoyable to use, then it might be worth your while.