This time of year it is fun to spruce up your site with a festive plugin. In his State of the Word speech, Matt Mullenweg admitted to loving a Winter themed plugin for his own blog. It’s an easy to way to bring your readers a bit of cheer and not completely switch up your theme for a few months out of the year. These three plugins are free, have been recently updated, are highly reviewed, and are just fun.
If you want to go the Mullenweg route, consider adding Snow to your website. Though we don’t know if this is the exact plugin he’s using, it is guaranteed to give you a winter wonderland. The plugin allows snow to fall from the top of the page without hindering page speed or loading time. If you don’t want it to happen all the time or can’t remember to activate it and deactivate it every year, use the schedule feature to choose when to start the flurry. Customize everything from the color to the size to the shape of the flake itself.
Sometimes waiting for a holiday feels like it’s taking forever. Try adding Holiday Countdown to know exactly how much time you have left. The plugin adds an animated counter to your home page that allows you to count up or down from any date you choose. Have a countdown to your birthday so anyone who visits your site knows exactly when to send you a gift. If you’re an eCommerce business, have a countdown to Christmas reminding visitors to get their shopping done with you. Customize it to fit your theme and style and you’re ready to go.
The New Year is a great time to spruce up your site, but sometimes you don’t want to completely change your theme and layout. Instead, consider adding Happy New Year. The plugin adds an image and song to your template, allowing you to celebrate the holiday with all your readers without changing everything.
Did we miss any festive plugins you love? Let us know in the comments below.