Freelancer Widgets Bundle for WordPress Users

Freelancers Widgets BundleWhenever 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:

  1. Advertisment
  2. Biography
  3. Buy me a beer/coffee (i.e. donation)
  4. Contact
  5. Contact form
  6. Opening hours
  7. 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.

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What You Can Expect

Upon installing the plugin you will be presented with the available options in your widgets screen:

Widgets List

Let’s take a look at the “buy me a beer/coffee” widget as an example:

Buy Me a Beer/Coffee

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:

Buy Me a Beer

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:

Biography

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:

Biography

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:

Biography

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.

Purchase Freelancer Widgets Bundle here.

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Comments (4)

  1. Thanks Tom for this nice review! Just a small information, in the widgets that have image feature, the image is resized in the administration to reduce the widget height, otherwise, if you have many plugins, you’ll have to scroll the page too much. This is indicated in the documentation.

  2. Encouraging freelancers to think of themselves as beggars for donations is a very poor idea. The point of a freelancer site is to generate leads and inform prospective clients about the value of HIRING the freelancer.

    And what kind of freelancer has regular “office hours?” Surely some do, but I suspect most are mobile and available at times outside the usual “business hours.” I doubt any freelancer wants to convey the idea that you have to come see them at a specific time and place.

    • Hi Dan, thanks for sharing your point of view. Let me give you more information about the plugin. The plugin gives the ability to freelancers to add a “Buy me beer” button, it’s not a whole process of donations, it’s a kind way for visitors to encourage a blogger to keep on writing great posts on his blog for example. When i created this plugin, i had in mind that when i’m writing free tutorials on my blog, my members wanted to say “hey thanks mate for sharing this nice tuto, how can i help you?”, my answer “Buy me a coffee mate!”. Nothing more.

      About office hours, i use it, like some others freelancers, as information for the support i provide for my themes and my plugins. I have many many small clients around the world that bought my pieces of code on marketplaces such as codecanyon and themeforest, and as i’m providing free support i just want my clients to know when i’m available and when i’m not. Once again there’s nothing pretentious here.

      Being a freelancer can have a different approach: having clients that hire the freelancer, or selling stuff around the globe via marketplaces. This plugin is more targeted to the second approach of freelancing. But if you have a look closer to the plugin, you’ll see that it can be used in many industries.

    • Encouraging freelancers to think of themselves as beggars for donations is a very poor idea
      => I don’t see the problem, on the contrary. For me the donation plugin is not to generate revenus, it’s created for extra freebies, that freelance would create and give up freely. If somebody wants to say thank you, he can make a donation. I was once asked by a guy who wanted to use one of my code snippet that I published on a blog if he can make a donation, because the piece of code was particularly useful to him. So yes, this kind of things happen, and it’s not beggin.
      And what kind of freelancer has regular “office hours?”
      => I think that the terme “opening hours” must be misleading a little bit yes. Most of the freelance have “opening hours” in the sense of they work between X and X hour. This is more to tell to clients when somebody can be reached. I usually put my “opening hours” (meaning the hours when client can send me mails or call me) in invoices for example so they know that I won’t reply to e-mail on Sunday (well, I should not). Maybe the word “opening” is not the perfect one here, pardon Rémi, he’s French ^^

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