Ever wished you could build a custom footer with Visual Composer or another page builder? Not too long ago, I reviewed a plugin called Smart Footer System that helps you do just that...plus a bunch more!
And while I generally liked the plugin’s core selling points, I thought it could improve in a few areas with regards to usability...which I’m happy to say that Smart Footer System did with its newest release.
In this post, I’ll give you a quick refresher on what Smart Footer System does and then I’ll go in-depth with some of the new features.
Overview of Smart Footer System’s New Features
If you want an in-depth look at every single feature in Smart Footer System, I recommend you check out my original Smart Footer System review. But for a quick overview of the core plugin’s features, Smart Footer System helps you:
- Add new footer styles like sticky, reveal and more. These help you turn your footers into promotional assets.
- Use unlimited different footers on different post types, categories, or individual posts.
- Build your footers with visual page builders like Visual Composer
That was all there during my original review. Here’s what the newest version of Smart Footer System adds:
- New footer styles like CSS3 animation and accordion
- Support for more page builders (one of my major criticisms)
- A new graphic interface (another one of my criticisms)
- Pre-made footer templates to make it easy to get started (trifecta! Another thing I criticized)
On paper, Smart Footer System fixed most of my major criticisms with this release. And for that reason, I’m excited to dig in and get my hands on the new features.
Hands-on With Smart Footer System 2
Alright, I’ve got Smart Footer System installed and activated on my test site. Time to jump in and test the new stuff out.
The first thing I noticed is that all of the Smart Footer System options are now contained in a single Smart Footer System tab. The second thing I noticed is that the dashboard is a lot easier to use.
Before, it was just one massive list of options. Now, it’s divided by content type:
Additionally, it now has an option to make your custom footers queryable. What does that mean? In part, that you can now use page builders like Elementor to build your footer.
If you’ve read my other posts, you know that I’m a huge fan of Elementor, so this is a big deal. In the first version, Smart Footer System only supported a few page builders, all of which were premium.
Now, you have a lot more flexibility for which page builder you choose. Thumbs up to that.
Note - if you’re trying to use Elementor with Smart Footer System, you’ll need to make Smart Footer System publicly queryable and go into Elementor’s settings and enable Elementor for the Smart Footer System custom post type:
Building Your Footer With Smart Footer System
Just like before, to actually build a new footer, you need to click the Add New Footer button.
Again, you’ll see the normal WordPress Editor at the top...only now, I also get that Edit with Elementor button:
But for a reason that I’ll show you in a second, I’m actually going to switch over to Visual Composer for the rest of this review because there’s still one feature that requires Visual Composer.
Then, below the Editor, you’ll get a much-improved set of options that lets you configure your footer type and styling.
Again, this was one long list of settings before. Now, it’s much more user-friendly:
Importing Demo Content
Ok, here’s why I made the switch to Visual Composer:
Smart Footer System 2 lets you import demo content. So you can quickly bring in all of the beautiful footer demos from their site.
Unfortunately, though, the demos still only work with Visual Composer. Let’s look on the bright side though - demo content was sorely needed. And now it’s there, even if only for Visual Composer.
To bring in demo content, you just need to head to Settings → Import / Export Footers:
Then, all those demos will show up as Footers in the interface:
And you can use Visual Composer to customize them as much as needed:
Additionally, all of the Smart Footer System specific settings will also be imported.
Unfortunately, though, if you’re not using Visual Composer, you’ll just see Visual Composer shortcodes here:
And that shortcode jumble is why I had to kick Elementor to the side!
Showing Off the New Footer Types
Alright, to give you a peek at how things work now, let’s check out one of the new CSS Animation footers that I imported.
I’ll set it as the footer for my homepage and...there it is!
Cool CSS3 pivot effect and all.
Thanks to the new demo import, creating a stylish footer was stupid simple. All in all, a huge usability improvement over the previous version.
How Much Does Smart Footer System Cost?
For all of those additions, Smart Footer System still just costs $16 at Code Canyon. With all of the improvements made by the devs, I think it’s definitely worth the price.
Final Thoughts on Smart Footer System
You can tell that the developers listened to feedback when crafting this new version. It makes some major improvements over the previous version.
First off, all of the interfaces are now much more user-friendly. Before, each menu was basically just one long unstyled list (take a peek at my previous review to see what I mean). Now, things are logically divided and styled well to make it much more easy to configure all of the various settings.
Second, the demo content import makes it so much easier to create a detailed footer. Instead of the daunting task of building something from scratch, you can just import a footer you like and customize it to meet your needs.
The only downside? You have to use Visual Composer if you want to use the demos. I wish that weren’t the case, but given how Smart Footer System is built, I’m not sure the devs will be able to change that soon unless they use their own HTML instead of a page builder.
And finally, I love that Smart Footer System now supports more page builders (except on demo content!). Being able to use free page builders like Elementor opens up the plugin to a whole new audience.
All in all, a great release with a number of new improvements. I look forward to seeing how the plugin continues to evolve.