WordPress is one of the leading web development platform mostly because it always follows the important trends. And as the new year has come it is time to look forward for some new or old-and-faithful (but still relevant) trends of web development and design.
Tracking and following the trends is very important for every WordPress website owner who wants to develop his or her project. Fortunately, WordPress administrators can simply track the trends by viewing the main updates of WordPress platform. But today we will take a wider look at the picture of web development and its influence on modern WordPress themes and plugins. We will have a few examples of a premium tools corresponding the trends we are mentioning in this article.
WordPress Themes with Drag-n-Drop Editor
Drag-n-drop is the basis of WordPress beginner-friendly interface. Most of the premium WordPress themes have their own drag-n-drop editor or at least support one of the most popular visual editors like Visual Composer. But this feature is still one of the most important for a trending WordPress theme. Let us look at 3 best sellers which include drag-n-drop editor as a must-have tool for any WordPress project.
Scalia — Multi-Concept Business, Shop, One-Page, Blog Theme
Scalia is a versatile WordPress theme that has lots of ready-to-use templates and elements and a drag-n-drop editor for customizing them. More than 100 page templates, various blog styles, portfolio layouts, gallery options and shop pages are ready to be used or rebuild by you with a simple visual editor.Get Scalia View Demo
EasyWeb — WP Theme for Hosting, SEO and Web-design Agencies
EasyWeb offers 7 demo websites for the topics it covers: hosting, SEO, web design studios, applications, online shopping malls and conference dedicated websites. Each of these demos can be customized from top to bottom with a built-in drag-n-drop editor. This feature allows you to create your website from scratch or from the basis of pre-made templates in minutes.Get EasyWeb View Demo
The Simple — Responsive Multi-Purpose Business Theme
The Simple is a WordPress theme with more than 30 read-to-use demo pages and high performance rates. This premium theme offers the Visual Composer plugin inside its bundle, which is a perfect tool for creating and editing your WordPress website without any knowledge in web developing or design.Get The Simple View Demo
Video Headers within WordPress Websites
Videos themselves are not a new trend, but video headers for the website design have become a new stream among WordPress administrators. This design feature attracts significantly more visitors to stay longer on your website and reduce the overall bounce rate. Fortunately, most of the modern premium WordPress themes offer this feature along with a bunch of other important design tricks.
Salient — Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme
Salient presents lots of styles for headers, and the video inside them is the option. This theme also has premium sliders in its kit. These tools allow a WordPress administrator to insert full-screen images, galleries and videos inside the slider, which is situated in the header or just below it.Get Salient View Demo
Stockholm — A Genuinely Multi-Concept Theme
Stockholm includes two of the most popular modern sliders for WordPress in its kit: Slider Revolution and Layer Slider. Both of these plugins allow you to add a perfect video slides on the header or another part of your website`s design. Furthermore, you get a package of ready-to-use site demos, some of which include already fine-tuned video headers.Get Stockholm View Demo
Elision — Retina Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme
Elision possesses another versatile tool for building video headers with the help of sliders — Qode Slider plugin. This plugin presents an opportunity to build full width images with parallax effect on sliders, and of course video sliders too. This premium WordPress theme also has the feature of section video background, which allows you to fill any section of your website with a video content perfectly fitting to the overall design.Get Elision View Demo
Virtual Reality Enhanced Websites
Virtual reality has only started its way of development but even now we can enjoy the new opportunities it gives for WordPress websites. As for now, any WordPress website owner can use 360° views for products within the online store, create and post panoramic images and even videos. These opportunities are provided by the plugins of the new generation.
Smart Product Viewer — 360º Animation Plugin
Smart Product Viewer is the premium WordPress plugin fully integrated with WooCommerce system. It allows you to create 3D images which a potential customer can view in 360º. This feature significantly increases your sales because potential customers can evaluate the products in the best way possible.Get Smart Product Viewer View Demo
360° Panoramic Image Viewer — Responsive WordPress Plugin
360° Panoramic Image Viewer has the name which speaks for itself. This premium WordPress tool gives you an opportunity to create panoramic view images and attract more visitors to your website. This feature is extremely useful and important for real estate websites which want to show their offers with the full presence effect.Get 360° Panoramic Image Viewer View Demo
Ultimate Video Player WordPress Plugin
Ultimate Video Player has a unique feature of displaying videos with virtual reality effect. This modern video player uses all new technologies to bring your users the most exciting experience while viewing entertaining videos. Virtual reality movies become more and more popular, so no WordPress administrator should ignore this opportunity.Get Ultimate Video Player View Demo
New Generation eCommerce Websites
When it comes to online stores, WordPress themes and plugins are gathering the best features and the newest technologies. WordPress premium themes mostly use WooCommerce service as the easiest way to create and develop the online store. WordPress and WooCommerce constantly evolve to present the best features for the website owners.
Avada — Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme
Avada is one of the best sellers among the premium multipurpose WordPress themes of all times. This theme provides ample opportunities for online stores within a lot of useful plugins included in its kit: Visual Composer, Slider Revolution, ConvertPlug and much more. There are lots of ready-to-use demos for various topics and unlimited opportunities for individual customization of the website design.Get Avada View Demo
The7 — Multi-Purpose Website Building Toolkit for WordPress
The7 has very similar opportunities in comparison with the market`s leader — Avada. The7 is also fully packed with useful plugins and prepared website templates. This theme has more than 750 option for design and its own visual page builder which will help you to create and edit your WordPress website without any specific knowledge.Get The7 View Demo
Jupiter — Multi-Purpose Responsive Theme
Jupiter is the multipurpose WordPress theme which always evolves with the ambition to perfection. It is also fully integrated with WooCommerce service and provides full set of features for seamless website customization — from Visual Composer tools to the package of 1800 unique icons for your WordPress project.
Social Media Integration
Social media platforms grow every year and there is no WordPress project that can ignore their large audience. Fortunately, there are lots of WordPress tools which provide the effective connection between your website and any of the existing social networks.
Flow-Flow — WordPress Social Stream Plugin
Flow-Flow is the new-generation premium WordPress plugin that allow you to stream any social media activity on your website. You can easily connect 14 social networks to stream their content on your WordPress website within more than 40 options of feeds. Furthermore, you obtain the full control on the design of this social stream within the unique dashboard inside your WordPress admin panel.
Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress
Easy Social Share Buttons provide another way of connection between your WordPress website and various social networks. This plugin allows you to put sharing buttons on any piece of content you create within your WordPress website. This way you can motivate your users to share interesting content from your website with an opportunity to make it viral.Get Easy Social Share Buttons View Demo
Instagram Feed Gallery — Grace for WordPress
Grace Instagram Feed Gallery plugin is special WordPress tool dedicated to create perfect social streams based on Instagram photos and videos. With Grace you can use your own account or any public account without limitations. This way you can build up a social stream n a specific topic, event, person or other occasion. The full control on styles is also provided by the beginner-friendly interface of plugin`s dashboard.