Visual Composer is one of the page builders you will find for WordPress. With its ease of creating custom page layouts with an array of add-ons, you can pretty much create any page you like. Or should I say almost any layout you want? The solution, obviously, would be to have more add-ons at your disposal.
That is where the Addon Creator Plugin comes in.
For those of you not familiar with Visual Composer, it lets you create a page either in your backend or on the front end, using elements such as rows, text block, image gallery, etc., to lay out the custom page you want. The default WordPress widgets are included in these as well. You can also use their pre-defined templates if you don’t want to start from scratch.
But there are times, even if this looks like a lot, that you are looking for something different, or maybe more specific to what you envision in your mind. The advantage of using Addon Creator is that it gives you a library of 100 predefined adds to grow out your site. And within each of these add-ons, there are customizations you can do as well. So, following in the footsteps of my preference for easy, no-code-needed plugins, this one is spot on.
As you can see, there is very little you will need to do in the General Settings. The Theme Developer tab shows devs how to incorporate this plugin into their own themes (something we obviously won’t be touching on here).
Importing an Add-on
As I said before, the add-ons available are all installed, so you can pick and choose only the ones you need for each site or project. Here you will see that we can either Add Addon or Import Addon. Although at the end,I will give you a link to show you how to add one from an existing plugin, this review ifsfocused more on the easier part: importing: their pre-defined add-ons that are already created, ready to easily customize and insert.
When I click on Import Addon I am asked to find the file.
When you purchase this plugin, it comes with a file of all add-ons that you can store on your computer for access.
For this review, I am going to add three add-ons and insert them into a page. I selected these randomly.
Creating the Page
To show you the options of the three add-ons I selected, I am going to create a page using Visual Composer. This is a simple page that will announce an upcoming service to our site. I have chosen to use the Backend Editor and will click on Add Element.
You will see the screenshot I showed you before, but I have chosen the tab Addon Creator and now I see the three that I have uploaded: Team Member Shadow Effect, Circle Countdown, and Bold Product Box.
Bold Product Box
When adding the first element, these are the options I get for customizing the content.
Once I save, you can see that this element has been added.
Now I want to add a countdown for this new service by adding a date.
Team Member Shadow Effect Settings
Now I will be adding all three team members, one at a time. Again, I have several options for this element.
Other Design and Layout Options
As with other add-ons and elements for Visual Editor, the Creator Addons also includes more than just the content settings.
For example, in the Team Member element, you see that I also have General Settings and Design Options for the Row.
Row Settings – General
Row Settings – Design Options
So now you see that I have all the elements placed and in columns for a nice display.
And on the front end, I get my new page. I did some design option tweaks and had this been an actual site, I would have spent a bit more time on the layout. But for purposes of this review, I just wanted to show you how easy it is to set up a page with your own custom layout and design using the Creator Addons with Visual Editor.
Creating an Add-on
For most of my readers, the ability to easily import add-ons will be the feature they are looking for. But if you are a little more comfortable with code, this plugin also lets you create your own add-on with any jQuery plugin. This is pretty big for advanced users, as it provides even more flexibility. Instead of walking you through that process here in this review, I believe you can get a better understanding of it by watching their video here.
For those of you who use Visual Composer and want to extend the functionality of the pages you can build, Creator Addons is a no-brainer. You can see from this review just how easy it is to set up those additional add-ons and how many customizations you can do without knowing code. And if you are already using Visual Composer, working with this plugin will be a natural.
There are a lot of cool add-ons included with this plugin. And if you are only creating your single site with Visual Composer and don’t have a need for a lot of additional functionality, this plugin may be a bit too much for you. But for all of you who are want to build numerous sites, whether for yourself or clients, the ability to add only the elements you need on any one specific site will be worth the price. Because you will have an entire arsenal of add-ons that will likely meet any need you or your clients have.