Want to display different footers on different pieces of content? You probably have different types of content on your site, so why are all of your footers the same? They don’t need to be.
The plugin I’m going to review in this post lets you customize pretty much every aspect of your WordPress site’s footer.
It’s called Smart Footer System and it lets you choose a different footer for each post type on your site. Or, if you want even more control, you can even choose a custom footer for individual posts or pages.
And while that is its core value, it also offers a number of other ways to enhance your footer like some highly stylized options. As is the norm, I’ll start by giving you an overview of everything that the plugin offers before diving into a hands-on evaluation.
Smart Footer System Features
As I mentioned, the key feature of Smart Footer System is that it lets you choose a different footer to display for individual post types or even individual posts or pages.
So you could have one footer display for your posts and a completely different footer display for your pages.
But that’s not all the plugin does. Here are some other neat features:
- Different footer display functionality – normal, sticky, reveal, or banner. These let you use your footer in some really unique ways.
- Display footers on click, hover, and more
- More than 30 different footer styles
- Footer animations
- Integration with page builders like Visual Composer, Fusion Builder, Swift Builder and other page builders
- Easily add font icons like Font Awesome, Dashicons, and others
- Works independently of your theme – that is, you can use it with any theme.
- Integrates with WooCommerce for custom footers on different parts of your eCommerce store
- Fully compatible with WPML if you’re running a multilingual site
- Allows for unlimited custom footers
I’ve played around with plugins that offer similar functionality for sidebars, but never for WordPress footers, so I’m excited to try this one out.
Let’s go hands-on…
Hands-on With Smart Footer System
When you install and activate Smart Footer System, you get two new options in your dashboard sidebar:
- A new Footers custom post type.
- A Smart Footer System link that houses the settings.
I’ll leave the settings page for the end because most of it involves choosing which footer displays where. So let’s start by creating a footer.
Creating a New WordPress Footer with Smart Footer System
To create a new footer, you just need to pop over to the new Footers custom post type. Then, you click Add New Footer:
You’ll basically see the standard WordPress Editor with a new meta box at the bottom. If you just choose a normal footer style, there’s not much to configure other than adding some custom CSS:
But if you go with one of the other footer styles, you’ll have a ton of options to sort through:
As I mentioned, you have four different footer styles to choose from:
Some of the styling options get quite detailed. For example, if you go with the very nifty Banner footer style, you can configure a ton of styling options. Even going as far as responsive styling:
So that’s most of the puzzle…but where do you actually add content to your new footer?
Adding Content to Your Custom WordPress Footer
To add content to your footers, you use the normal WordPress Editor:
This is where those page builder integrations come in handy. If you’re using Visual Composer or Fusion Builder, you can use those page builders to create your footer content.
But this leads me to a gripe…
If you’re not using one of those page builders already, you pretty much have to rely on HTML to build your footer. For example, I use Elementor as my page builder, but the Elementor button doesn’t show up on the Footer post type. I could probably get it to with some tweaking, but most beginners won’t want to get into that.
This system is totally fine if you’re using one of the supported page builders already. But if you’re not, it’s a bit awkward.
I would love the ability to build custom footers using existing widgets. I’m sure you could hack this together using shortcodes. But you can’t do it out of the box.
Nevertheless, I’ll add some custom links using the regular WordPress Editor:
Displaying Your Custom WordPress Footer
Once you’ve created a footer, you have two ways to display it:
- Globally via the plugin’s settings
- On a per-post/page basis
You can either have your custom footer completely replace your existing footer or have them work together by appending your custom footer to your default footer.
To set it globally, you just head to the Smart Footer System Tab and can choose from the dropdowns. The default is to use the default theme footer. But you can select any of your custom footers:
If you have WooCommerce installed or active custom post types, you’ll also get new options for those pieces of content here:
And if you just want to use your custom footer on specific posts, pages, or custom post types, you can easily select a footer for a specific piece of content in the WordPress Editor:
What Do Footers Look Like on the Front-End?
If you want the best demonstration of what Smart Footer System looks like, you should head to the demo. Some of the modes, like reveal and sticky, require action to really appreciate.
I think they’re super neat – just hard to demonstrate with screenshots!
If you want to see my ugly old example with just links to confirm it works, here’s what happened on my test website:
So yup! It does work as described.
Smart Footer System Pricing and Final Thoughts
I love how easy it makes it to display different footers on different types of WordPress content. And the 3 new footer styles are really neat. They allow you to add some very unique functionality to your footers.
With Smart Footer System, your footer can become less of an afterthought and more of a “player” in your site’s content.
The only thing I didn’t like is that it’s not easy for everyone to actually style the footer content.
If you are using Visual Composer, Fusion Builder, or another supported page builder…then you’re totally fine. Buy it with no second thoughts.
But if you’re using something like Elementor, it’s disappointing that you’re pretty much stuck building footers with HTML (or having to get another page builder just for your footers).
With that being said, Smart Footer System is being sold through Envato, so I bet a huge chunk of people will already have Visual Composer (because let’s be honest – pretty much every theme on Theme Forest has built-in Visual Composer nowadays).
Other than that issue, everything else is pretty dang cool.