Visual Composer was the first ever WordPress plugin for building pages that supports extensions / plugins. Visual Composer has been growing in popularity since early 2011, when the plugin was officially published on a premium marketplace. Although more than 500,000+ websites are using Visual Composer today, the fact that the plugin is premium means that there is a price-tag attached to it, which even then, is only thirty-four dollars at the time of publishing this post. A price worth investing if you are looking to optimize your WordPress pages with a fresh perspective. Visual Composer users enjoy the ability to be in-charge of their WordPress page and post designs, being able to use specifically built features that allow to create custom website designs without any prior coding experience. With the ability to edit your pages from the front-end of the site, you suddenly gain access to real-time editing capabilities that will be hard to match.
With more than just modern design standards within Visual Composers core, you can rest assured that any design you build with Visual Composer is going to work equally great on all modern devices, as Visual Composer allows you to test your designs against different browsers, smartphones, and tables from within the editing panel. All this keeps coming back to being able to save time, while improving efficiency of your page designs.
The in-built intuitive User Interface (UI) is a perfect compliment for experienced and not-so-experienced WordPress bloggers who simply want to build better, more appealing, and more converting web designs on their own websites, without the need to involve a third-party developer at humongous costs. Features like template saving allow you to create templates and save them for later use in other pages, or within the same page but elsewhere in the design, once more decreasing the amount of time required to create stunning designs. Those who are search engine conscious will not have to worry about any missed search optimization opportunities, Visual Composer is built to compliment the most solid, most famous search engine optimization plugins for WordPress.
Free Visual Composer Extensions
Although majority of our extensions and addons for Visual Composer are going to be of premium nature, meaning they require a monetary investment, a couple of WordPress developers have published their Visual Composer plugins for free in the WordPress plugin database. Some have accumulated as much as tens of thousands of downloads. We use Visual Composer here at Colorlib, and we absolutely love this platform for editing our pages, and creating the kind of designs that keep visitors entertained, engaged, and wilful to explore more of what we have to offer.
Showcase – Visual Composer Addon
The showcase approach to displaying content has become a standard for eCommerce platforms, and photographers who wish to expose their portfolios in a showcase oriented style. With the Showcase addon for Visual Composer, you will have all the right tools to build your own showcases that would include a photo, and the description of the photo. But, don’t let that confuse you. Photo can be means of anything, a product sample, or a recent photo you took, the same way you can modify your description to be anything you like, even a ‘buy’ button if required. The plugin utilizes AJAX to accomplish three different styles of presentations.
Addons for Visual Composer
Livemesh is extending Visual Composer to include more than a dozen new features and settings that will further enhance your experience of building stunning designs. Some of the features we liked the most in this addon package were, a custom element for displaying descriptions of your services, variety of styles for displaying header content, ‘Team Members’ widget for listing all your existing members on the team, a special meter widget to display your best stats about your agency or business, simple charts to display your skills and experience with percentages, widgets to show your clients, a widget to display your portfolio items in many different design styles, and a ton of grids to play with. Makes sense to get this if you are already an existing user of VC.
Essential Doo Components for Visual Composer
Essential Doo Components was one of the first addons built for VC that would help to extend the functionality by adding a feature called ‘overlay’ for any visual content. Be it pictures or video, Essential Doo Components can easily create individual grid elements that are overlaid with exciting and appealing custom design effects. With the choice of more than forty unique design to pick from, it’s a no-brainer to install Essential Doo Components straight away! What’s more, you don’t even need to have Visual Composer installed (although it works great with VC), since you can use the plugin through shortcodes and still benefit from its many features. Great codebase, built with SEO in mind, animations are fluid and fast, optimized for responsive design, will work great with any publicly available theme, so as long as you’re using VC.
Background Videos for Visual Composer
The first time background videos were introduced to web design, it seemed like a ludcirous idea at the time. Who in their right mind would want to add video files to their website, when such files could significantly slow down the site? At first, the idea was something that only a special kind of websites would use, but nowadays we see more small businesses and startups utilizing video backgrounds as website introductions. With Background Videos, you will be able to select ANY of the VC rows that you are making, and add background videos to them. Most notably, it’s probably going to be the header row that you will want to spice up with some neat background videos.
Kobra Hover Effects For Visual Composer
Hover effects over images is a wonderful way to capture attention, and further engage your visitors. It’s such a great feature to use for sites of portfolio and gallery nature, because with hover effects, whenever someone hovers over one of your photos, you can make a statement through a message to do more action, such as read more about the picture the user is viewing, or give a concise detailed description of the photo. Kobra Hover Effects For Visual Composer is a free WordPress plugin for VC users that uses native CSS3 animation effects to add hover effects on top of your WordPress images. Use it with VC and get an additional settings input form where you can specify the kind of hover effect you would like to use.
Visual Composer Maced Google Maps
A very straightfoward solution for creating stunning Google Maps placements on your website, through the use of Visual Composer. The plugin adds a simple widget that you can use either through a shortcode or directly through VC to add a customizable Google Maps widget on your site.
Premium Visual Composer Extensions and Addons
As can be seen above, the free extensions for Visual Composer are great in their own way, combining all of them together could create for a truly remarkable designing experience that will enrich and enliven even the most forgotten WordPress themes. That’s one thing that we absolutely adore about VC, it’s ability to adapt to any WordPress theme and allow the user to create a new and profound experience that will leave others questioning as to how this theme can look so great, and where one needs to look to make their theme as great themselves. We are marching into premium extension territory now, where in total the following premium addons have been downloaded over 100,000+ times and are being used on millions of websites combined. Take your time to thoroughly investigate each of the extensions and addons, and see how well they would fit in your planned design strategy.
Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer
We will be listing a couple of variations of addons plugins for VC, while keeping in mind that our readers want unique features. Ultimate Addons is the leading addons extension for VC that integrates several tens of great functionalities to help you build even better, even faster website designs. The elements included in the plugin have been carefully selected to feature uniqueness, user demand, and usability as far as UI and UX go.
Wish to create more detailed descriptions about what you or your business has to offer? Use information boxes element to create beautiful info boxes that highlight your most important business details. Tired of using traditional WordPress lists? Why not give information lists element a try and see how spectacular your lists look after. Want to create overlay effects for your images that would incorporate call to action calls — easy, just use the flip box element and you will be all set. What about discussing your achievements with your readers and customers? A specifically built timeline (that looks much like what Facebook has to offer) allows you to outline your achievements and important events during your existence. Interactive banners, sliders, video backgrounds, and so many more great elements to choose from when you signup for Ultimate Addons.
CSS3 Responsive WordPress Compare Pricing Tables
CSS3 has really helped designers to shape the building process of elements such as tables. We covered some truly amazing CSS3 table designs recently, and recommend you check them out; some of which are actually pricing tables. If using custom CSS3 code is not your cup of tea, try this VC extensions from QuanticaLabs. It perfectly compliments in VC for when creating pricing tables becomes a requirements; we are looking at you startups, small businesses and freelancers. The plugin is stuffed with great configuration options that allow you to select from two different styles, and more than a dozen color varieties — you are in full charge of the element stylining, including colors, dimensions, typography and responsiveness.
Interactive World Maps
We mentioned an extension that helps to use Google Maps in your designs, but what about taking it a step further? A huge step further! Interactive World Maps for VC allows you to use the maps of the entire planet in your page designs. And we aren’t even kidding. The maps are divided in three parts; continents, countries, and also United States states for those who work in US or content related to the States. Colors and markers are two very important features to have when dealing with anything that has to do with maps, and rest assured that Interactive World Maps will give you all the functionality for managing both colors of your maps, and adding custom markers to outline important information. Dimensions of the maps are also fully customizable, and all those settings can be optimized from within the maps panel inside of your VC plugin.
Templatera – Template Manager for Visual Composer
The same company, WPBakery, that’s behind Visual Composer is also behind Templatera; a well-built template management addon for the most popular page builder on the WordPress platform. With Templatera you can quickly build, govern, and specify access control to all of your custom templates that will be based on the permissions of the user, or the kind of post type that you are working with. Templatera removes the strain of having to manage your layouts on individual basis, and insted you get universal access to templates that will automatically updated as you make changes, and the changes will instantly appear across all designs using the particular template. What’s even better, with this addon you wil be able to import and export your created templates to use them on other sites!
The basic explanation for the use of this plugin is this: let’s imagine that you have built a new VC block that’s meant for collecting users information; their name, their address, email address, and other details, and then you decide to use this block across multiple pages on your site. In this case, instead of having to edit the block separately for each page, you can use Templatera to edit one template and have the changes appear across all pages. A feature worth having, and worth investing into as it will increase productivity, and save a ton of time.
Easy Tables – Table Manager for Visual Composer
Creating tables with HTML should be a fun process, because the end result is always fun to look at! This is what Easy Tables is trying to bridge, trying to bring back fun into making things look visually appealing, whilst maintainingng a work process that’s not complex, or rigirous. The simple drag & drop user interface enables Easy Tables users to create powerful tables for any purpose imaginable; to report on latest market stats, to create custom data reports, display analytics data, show your prices, and the list keeps going on. The extension comes pre-packaged with a dozen themes to choose from, giving you the freedom to focus on the data, rather than visual appearancess.
Testimonials Showcase – WordPress Plugin
Testimonials is lifeblood for pretty much every single eCommerce website out there, but it isn’t just eCommerce that greatly benefits from testiomonials, it’s also freelancers and startups who need to express the voice of their customers, to help potential customers better understand the product and its benefits. Finding a way to display your testimonialsin efficient manner is quintessential to your success. Testimonials Showcase for VC will help you achieve the desired result with an extensions that lets you create a showcase of testimonials, reviews, and quotes in two different styles; grid and sliding effect. All reviews can contain an image of the reviewer, a description, and their website link if necessary to prove the usability of a particular product.
Visual Composer Clipboard
As with any serious WordPress plugin, community grows, it developers and starts to become aware of all kinds of extra functions that could make a plugin so much better. One of those things for VC has been the ability to clipboard stuff, and work with that stuff without having to switch screens all the time. The time consumption that goes into switching screens, and reloading content is huge, and who wouldn’t want to save themselves some time. Visual Composer Clipboard enables VC users to copy and paste any existing blocks, rows, or any other VC element that would otherwise require to switch over. With this functionality, you can now copy and paste rows and directly edit them from the same page you are building your design with. You can even copy stuff to new designs, just don’t forget to first add your desired rows to the VC clipboard, a function that this extension will enable.
Advance Post Grid/List with custom filtering for Visual Composer
Photographers and portfolio people rejoice! Visual Composer has really helped hundreds of thousands of webmasters to build the kind of designs that speak to their hearts, and while native VC is good enough to create complex designs, sometimes an extensions can help to ease the process by offering a unique function that would heavily impact the design. This is what the Advance Post Grid/List extension is all about. It’s a tool to help you create a separate WordPress page design where you could list your posts in a grid / list like nature. This means that you can now write blog content, but also showcase ALL of your photos in a separate page, a page that would use photography-friendly design, and most certainly friendly to other visitors. You can build your grids or lists and then use custom queries to really narrow down your best content, and also to enable visitors to use the navigation menu to find the content that they are looking for, quickly and with ease.
Supreme Shortcodes | WordPress Plugin
Supreme Shortcodes will also work for WordPress bloggers who haven’t installed Visual Composer, but as an addon for VC — we couldn’t recommend Supreme Shortcodes enough. This bad boy adds more than one hundred unique shortcodes to your blog that you will learn to love and admire during your experiences in using them. Some of the shortcode elements you will be getting include; rows (responsive), dividers for splitting content, animated shortcodes for things like tabs, buttons, modals, and more. The area of focus for Supreme Shortcodes is to help you have access to the kind of tools that modern standards of web design would require of you. The core of Supreme Shortcodes is based on Bootstrap, insuring responsiveness in any situation imaginable. Other cool elements this VC extension will bring to the table include Font Awesome shortcodes, custom pricing tables, custom contact forms, Google Charts and Google Trends, even the option to begin sharing video content with your visitors; sometimes things are better understood when presented in authentic video format.
Carousel Anything for Visual Composer
Carousel is one of those design innovations that just happen to work really well. Carousels help to save time for the reader, and save some much needed design space for the designer. With Carousel Anything, you will be taking your content apperances to a whole new level. This wonderful VC addon allows you to create a carousel of all types of content that can be found on your WordPress website, whether it’s blog posts, header areas, a slider for visual content, testimonial carousels, a carousel for your team, there really are no limitations when it comes to working with your content when using this extension. Responsiveness is achieved through the process of integration a popular carousel library within the core of this plugin to help you create carousels that will be compliant with the most modern devices.
Visual Composer in Sidebars Addon
As we have learned so far, Visual Composer combined with the extensions we are listing now can create for a powerful framework experience that allows any-level WordPress user to begin designing their own websites in a very personal way. However, one feature that VC lacks is the ability to work directly with the sidebar, at least to the extent where you could begin using ALL of your VC elements and blocks within your sidebars. This restriction is now being taken care of by some very mindful developers who decided that enough is enough, and it’s time to build a VC extension that would allow to use VC content within your WordPress sidebars. It doesn’t even need to be a sidebar specifically, any widgetized area on your blog will work.
WooCommerce Products Layouts
WooCommerce changed the way businesses sell online. It was the one single plugin that managed to get it right, and now tens of millions of WordPress users are using exactly WooCommerce to take care of selling online. If you feel that you are bending your back too much when it comes to positioning of your product layouts, don’t waste any time to get the WooCommerce Products Layouts extension that’s both easy to install, and easy to configure. This Bootstrap-built plugin allows you to use VC to create WooCommerce product layouts in a flash, while offering many extendable features for styling; grid, list and default. Both product pages and individual product can be fully formed with more than forty unique features and settings.
Modal Popup Box For Visual Composer
What’s a modal popup? Really, it’s no different than a regular popup, with the exception that it works directly with VC. The core of the plugin is backed by jQuery and CSS3 functionality to allow you to craft stunning and modern looking popups to promote products, newsletters and any other important messages. There are no limitations for the kind of content that can be used within the popup (Newsletter opt-ins, shortcodes, images, videos, contact forms or social media widgets), which makes it a truly great addition to your already existing repertuar of VC extensions and addons.
4k Icon Fonts for Visual Composer
Icon Fonts (or Font Icons) are an amazing way to bring your designs to life. More and more designs rely on icon fonts to explain features, functionality, and to direct users to the most essential content of the design. With 4k Icon Fonts you are guaranteed to have access to more than nine thousand (initially four thousand, but the plugin has grown since its inception) unique icon fonts that can be easily navigated through a concise in-built library. Each icon font can also be customized for your own requirements; size, color, shape, and even hover effects. Includes all of the popular icon sets, and plenty of unique sets that you won’t find anywhere else.
Fast Gallery for Visual Composer WordPress Plugin
Want a potent way to build WordPress galleries within a few clicks? Don’t look at anything else other than Fast Gallery. With the choice of eight different gallery styles, you will be well set and ready to publish your photos in modern and outstanding way. Comes pre-built with dozen of styles to choose from, has pagination and lazyload effects preloaded in the core of the plugin, even offers you to use any of the two hundred animation effects to bring some life to your photos. Variety of style choices, such as grid and masonry. Unlimited column choices.
Orbit – Visual Composer Addon Extension
Want to have access to modern web elements that you can add to your designs with one click? You have found the ultimate solution, and its name is Orbit. A flexible Visual Composer extension that grants you access to more than 25+ unique elements to use in your pages directly and straight away. Alert boxes, circle loaders, buttons, pricing and icon boxes, and many more interesting elements that will help in the process of crafting a unique web design. Additional features include a WordPress Codex compliant codebase, tens of color choices for certain elements, two styles for pricing boxes, more than 500+ icons with the inclusion of social media icons. Individual names for CSS classes to help you make any custom changes if necessary.
Team Showcase for Visual Composer WordPress Plugin
Want to showcase your business team but not sure how? Why not try Team Showcase, a unique and authentically built WordPress plugin for Visual Composer that focuses solely on one thing; to help you create a team members page that will really stand out, one that will talk about your team in a way that team members themselves will feel humbled. The package comes with ten authentic themes that are fully responsive, a choice of three unique showcases; grid, slider, and filter. All team members get to have their own descriptions, their own custom links, social media icons, and a set of animation effects that can be applied for the modern feel.
Massive Addons for Visual Composer
Massive Addons is a MASSIVE addition to your existing Visual Composer workflow. We couldn’t believe how multi-functional this plugin really is until we tried it for ourselves. The number one feature of Massive Addons is a feature called “presets” — a template system that lets you choose from over one thousand presents that can change the design of your blog in one click. That’s right. That’s more than one thousand ways to reorganize your content, what are the chances that amongst that one thousand styles there isn’t at least one that you would really love? In addition to presets, there are things like shortcodes available for instant use, truly modern full-scale page templates, icon fonts, and even custom fields where necessary.
Since it is a massive extension in itself, some focus had to be dedicated towards performance, and you won’t be disappointed — Massive Addons will only load the files and scripts that you are using in any given page, saving you bandwidth and increasing your load times tenfold. All that on top of native search engine optimizations to ensure your contents performance on search engines. The plugin consists of — 50+ shortcodes & additions, 1000+ presets, 18 page templates, 5000+ settings, 15 tutorial videos. This project required nearly nine months of constant development to be finally released, hundreds of VC users are already enjoying the vast benefits of this addon package. Will you be one of them?
Post Layout : Box Style for Visual Composer
Want to have a better way to display the layout of your posts? Not to worry, Post Layout is a ‘box style’ extension for VC that allows you to create custom post layouts for homepage, categories and other WordPress pages. You can build your own custom queries to display only the conten that you wish to display, based on numerous settings.
CSS Animator for Visual Composer
CSS3 animations have really been a topic of discussion in the designer community for quite some time now, and the capabiltiies of this feature are only growing. CSS Animator gives access to VC users to more than forty animations that can be added to any of your VC elements. If you ever visit a website that does things like spin, flip or unfold content, know that you will be able to do the same thing with the help of CSS Animator. Such features would usually require rigorous coding and testing to make it happen in a real-world design, but with the help of VC, you now get drag & drop access to transforming your designs into interactive powerhouses.
Slick Slide Menu Addon for Visual Composer
Want to create a unique sidebar menu experience for your visitors? Then use Slick Slide Menu. A unique extension that will help you create unique sidebars that will slide out based on your own settings and preferences. We see this extension as an opportunity to do some content exposure, and even growth hacking in a sense where you can really put out important content in front of your visitors, at any specific situation.
Mosaic Gallery Addon for Visual Composer
Last, but absolutely not the least, Mosaic Gallery is another extendable WordPress gallery plugin extension for the Visual Composer plugin. With built in animation effects, pagionation, and lightbox — Mosaic Gallery makes the process of creating responsive galleries fun, and truly rewarding.
Which Visual Composer Extension Will You Choose?
WordPress extendability has come a long way since the introduction of APIs and developer specific features. Visual Composer takes the cake as far as plugins go for building and optimized your own page design projects. Hundreds of thousands of users already, and so many more to come as the team behind the plugin continue to build upon requests and feedback of one of the most loyal communities for any WordPress plugin. It was a pleasure to combine together these extensions, to learn more about each and explore the different variations that VC now offers, and we hope that some of these extensions will find their way in your daily plugin calendar too!