CodeCanyon (CodeCanyon.net) is a marketplace for premium scripts, WordPress plugins, PHP, Java Script code snippets, CSS styles etc… Essentially on CodeCanyon you can buy scripts/plugins/applications that extend functionality of your website and help you be more productive and focus on your readers, subscribers, customers and content instead of technology.
I am heavy WordPress user, in fact, I use WordPress for all of my websites and it does amazing job in allowing you to extend functionality of your website with plugins. There are plugins for almost anything and most of the time you can get the job done with free plugins from WordPress directory. But sometimes you can’t do it because there are no good free plugins or they won’t work out of the box as you want them to. That was the case when I was looking for a navigation menu plugin for one of my websites – I wanted to add images and widgets inside the menu. I wanted something powerful and easy to use and customize. I even contacted several web developers – lowest estimate was $450 and functionality that they offered wasn’t even close to what I wanted and needed. I searched and compared different solutions and this is how I discovered CodeCanyon and “UberMenu – WordPress Mega Menu Plugin“.
CodeCanyon vs. WordPress Plugin Directory
If you browse CodeCanyon most popular files you’ll often find that they are somewhat similar to free plugins in WordPress directory BUT a lot of times CodeCanyon plugins are superior in terms of functionality and design. When trying to make a decision whatever you should use free plugin or buy premium one – try to compare them live. You can install any plugin from WordPress directory with a click of a button and most of the CodeCanyon plugins have “Live Preview” option so you can see them in action before you buy.
Why Use CodeCanyon?
I personally think that a lot of CodeCanyon plugins are a steal for their price of $5-$15. It would cost you at least several hundred dollars to develop something similar. Remember, visual appearance of your website or blog is how people see your business – does it look professional, reliable, credible or does it look like it was thrown together in notepad and maintained by a person who doesn’t know what they’re doing? Your time as online business owner is important and you should focus on running and growing your business instead of messing around with technology and trying to figure out how to add certain functionality to your website. CodeCanyon plugins and scripts allow you to get required functionality in a plug and play fashion and most of the time they work out of the box giving you more time to focus on really important things.
CodeCanyon Bargain Plugins
A lot of times you may find yourself using a great theme that doesn’t have certain feature that you need like – extended menu options, visual editor, html or video slider etc, this is when CodeCanyon plugins come in handy. Check out some of the most helpful plugins from CodeCanyon marketplace to get an idea how they can improve your website and help your online business: