Oh, the buttons on your WordPress site. Buttons for calls-to-actions. Shopping cart buttons. Buttons for sharing content. For connecting on social. The list is endless, especially when you start getting creative.
But it can be tough to find just the right one. You might have a bunch of graphic packs of them that are useful in certain situations, but when it comes to changing colors, fonts, text, or even the icon, it’s easier said than done. Especially if you don’t have the expertise and tools to make them look visually appealing.
And for important links, a button just makes it easier for the user to click through than a simple text link.
That’s Where MAXButtons Comes In
If you are looking for a tool to add custom buttons simply, MAXButtons Pro is your solution. And if you are a designer or developer, it will also make your life easier. As one coding pro said on their site:
“Easy, clear, and robust. I’m a programmer and can write CSS till the cows come home, but why? Just get it, install it and use it. Then, when you’re impressed, buy the pro version.” – by jleahy
Let’s Take a Look
First off, the fact that they have 253 Button Packs with a total of 4,869 buttons, chances are good you are going to find what you need. Here’s just a fraction of the options:
The cool thing is if you do a lot of sites, you can buy the Pro and have all of them at your disposal. But if you have you single site and are looking for something specific, you can check out the free ones that come with the plugin, and if it’s not there, you can peruse their packs and find what you need for only $5 a pack. You can see all the buttons here.
Your settings are straight-forward. And I like the ability to control who has access to creating and adding buttons. That way no one goes button-crazy.
Creating a Button
Having access to the button packs makes it easy for you to get a head start on finding the button you need—or even finding the perfect one that needs very little changing.
But if we go to Add a Button, you are going to find just how definitive you can get with the look and feel of your button.
As you create your button, you will always have this preview of both the normal button and the rollover. Not only is this handy to see changes as you make them, but there is also an option to change the background color to see how it sets against it.
This feature is especially nice since it is often hard to imagine how a certain color might set on top of another color.
This is starting from scratch. Now I’m not going to go through every one of these settings, as most of them are self-explanatory. Just a couple things to point out.
There are a heck of a lot of fonts to choose from. Using Google Fonts, over 700 in fact. Also, you get a handy preview built-in so there are no second guesses.
Two-line Button Option
This is a pretty huge feature. I cannot tell you how many times I created a button using some other plugin or theme’s built-in feature and found it was too long with no way to fix it. Here you can not only add a second line in the button, but you can control font choice, style alignment and size.
Again, you have several settings to control any border you want on the button, as well as an option to add a border shadow.
Here you have the choice of going with a solid background, controlling the opacity or adding a gradient.
Icons and Images
I get asked frequently by users how to easily place an icon inside a button. Using Font Awesome Icons, it’s simple to do with this plugin. Simple choose your icon from 721 different images.
And you can align, size and change colors.
The ability to control the container is a nice touch. If you don’t understand this, it’s what the button basically sets in. So if you were to have text wrapped around it, or perhaps you want to control the space either above or below the button, you can do that here without trying to add extra spaces in your text editor window.
Not my cup of tea, but for you devs, you can see the options you have here.
With the growing popularity of mobile, it is great to be able to control your buttons. (I’ve seen them get a bit wonky on some sites.) First, you have several choices.
And by adding one of them, you get settings options for optimizing your button.
If you use Google Analytics and like to use Event Tracking, you are going to like this feature. It’s very easy to set up and perfect if you want to test the design of your buttons.
You may think this is a lot of settings for a freaking button. But when it’s a call to action or a shopping cart button, it is important to get it just right.
You are going to get several free buttons that automatically load here. (Note, this screenshot does not show all the free buttons)
As I mentioned before, you can also get additional button packs to upload. In this example, I have uploaded a couple of them that can be purchased singly or as part of Pro. There are free ones to upload here.
I can click on any pack and choose the button I want.
Once I have done that, I am now taken back to the button tab and I can edit this to my heart’s delight.
So in the end you have three options here.
- Create your button from scratch
- Choose a button from a pack and use as it
- Choose a button from a pack and edit it as much as you want
Imagine creating your own custom share buttons. Well, that is what MAXButtons lets you do.
If you click on the Social Share tab, you get a message about this part. How many social button packs you have depends on the version of MAXButtons you have. As you can see, with Pro, I get an additional 13 Sharing Button sets. Clicking on any social set gives me a preview.
I simply click on the ones I want (no, you don’t have to use the whole set) and add them. Here I can drag and drop them in the order I want.
Here I can name my custom settings and where I want these buttons to appear.
And some layout options for more control.
For each social platform that you choose to add, you have some specific control here, which is pretty cool. For example, maybe you don’t get that many shares on one vs another. You can choose to independently show the shares on one platform and not on another. Also, you can set a minimum share count on each one. Lastly, the flexible share URL settings gives you 3 options for what that button shares.
For example, say I have a post. where I mention a new product. I could place that share button right there and ask people to share my new product, using the custom URL. That way, the share directs them to the product page, rather than back to the post. Cool, huh?
On the shares, you are setting where those buttons will show. But you can also easily insert those or any other button you created in a post or page with the Add Button.
Clicking on that gives you the option to easily add any buttons you have created and saved.
It will insert a shortcode.
Looking at the frontend, we have our button nicely placed.
You can also export any of the buttons you created to import into another site using MAXButtons. This saves you time having to recreate them again.
If you just need a button or two, you may choose go for the free version. With it, you will be able to create your buttons and work with 5 configurable Social Share sets. But with the $19 pro version you will have access to more buttons, both free and paid, plus the crucially important support. Or go the full-blown pack for $99 a year and get 235 packs of buttons at your fingertips.
Your buttons are often important calls-to-action. And the more control you have over how they look, the more success you will have. You may not know this, but even the color of buttons, compared to the rest of the page, can affect your conversion rates.
From my experience with MAXButtons Pro, I can say that it’s is an easy-to-use and intuitive plugin. You will love the ability to fine tune without having to know any kind of code or deal with the frustrations of buttons that cannot be customized. I would recommend giving it a try, testing the design and placement of your buttons, and starting to grow those conversion rates.