Whenever Rémi Corson brings out a new plugin I tend to sit up and take note. Apart from being an all-round nice guy, he also develops pretty cool WordPress themes and plugins, like the WordPress donation plugin I reviewed back in July.
So when he told me about a new plugin he has developed for freelancers, I jumped at the chance to take a look. After all — I am one!
Freelancer Widgets Bundle
The concept behind Rémi’s latest plugin is pretty simple — he wanted to create a bunch of plugins that would be useful to freelancers running their sites/blogs on WordPress. The end result is an assortment of widgets that could in fact be utilized by any number of people.
The seven widgets included in Freelancer Widgets Bundle are:
- Buy me a beer/coffee (i.e. donation)
- Contact form
- Opening hours
- Social links
One thing is immediately apparent — this plugin doesn’t offer anything revolutionary. We’re looking at convenience here rather than groundbreaking features.
Because let’s be honest — the standard WordPress text widget isn’t much help unless you have decent HTML and CSS skills. And even if you do, it’s still a pain to get things to your liking. For most WordPress users, good WYSIWYG functionality is preferable to manual coding. With that in mind, this set of widgets is useful for web design virgins and experienced coders alike.
What You Can Expect
Upon installing the plugin you will be presented with the available options in your widgets screen:
Let’s take a look at the “buy me a beer/coffee” widget as an example:
Fill in the information as you see fit — the “Action” you select determines the image that the visitor will see. Once you’ve saved the widget it will display as such in your sidebar:
Clicking on the image will take visitors straight through to PayPal where they can make a donation directly to the PayPal account specified in the widget’s settings. Pretty nifty, no?
WYSIWYG Features and Customization
Other widgets, such as Biography, allow you to insert images using WordPress’ media uploader:
Although the image looks a little funky in preview format, as long as you set the dimensions correctly, it will look fine on the front end:
Each widget comes with a CSS field, so if the formatting and placement of any element isn’t quite to your liking, you can make manual changes. The plugin’s documentation comes complete with lists of all CSS elements utilized by the plugin, so making changes is a piece of cake.
Here’s the same widget as above with a little CSS styling applied:
A Convenience Purchase
At the time of writing, Freelancer Widgets Bundle will set you back $11. If you are in need of a few of the included widgets, it’s well worth the purchase price. Like I said above, this plugin is certainly not treading any new ground, but offers an easy and convenient way of specific content and functions to your sidebar.