How much attention do you pay to your website’s footer? Is it an afterthought, or are you making your footer work for you? In my Smart Footer System review, I’ll show you how you can make your footer a working part of your website, as well as how you can display different footers for different types of content on your site.
Smart Footer System is a premium, but affordable, plugin that gives you full control over customizing pretty much every detail of your WordPress site’s footer. You can add eye-catching new styles, build your footer using a page builder, and choose when and where it displays.
If that sounds like it might benefit your WordPress site, join me as I dig into Smart Footer System. I’ll start by telling you everything that this plugin can do – and then I’ll dig into exactly how to use Smart Footer System.
What All Can Smart Footer System Do?
Smart Footer System’s core functionality can be divided into three main areas. Let’s start with the feature that I think is the coolest:
You can display different footers for individual posts or pages, or for entire post types. This opens up a whole heap of customization options for your site. While it’s nice for any WordPress site, I think it’s especially beneficial if you’re using custom post types because you can really tailor your footer to the functionality needed to match each post type.
Next up – you get the ability to visually build your footers using a number of popular page builders. For example – you can actually build your website’s footer using something like Visual Composer, which is pretty cool if you’re not a developer.
And in addition to letting you visually build your footers, you also get access to 4 new modes. You can create footers that are sticky or have an eye-catching Click to Reveal effect. Or, you can always just create a normal footer, too!
Here are some screenshots of the different footer effects, or you can view all of the demos here:
As you can see in the demos – Smart Footer System lets you get really creative with your footers. So combined with the footer targeting, you can actually use your footers to create ads or other promotional content.
In addition to those three core features, here are some other smaller things you get with Smart Footer System:
- Can create unlimited footers
- More than 30 built-in footer styles
- Compatible with WooCommerce stores – great for eCommerce personalization
- Can add font icons like Dashicons and Font Awesome
- Compatible with WPML for multilingual sites
Ok – ready to go hands-on and see if everything works as well as promised? Let’s go!
Smart Footer System Review: Going Hands-on
Once you install and activate the plugin, you’ll get two new options in your dashboard:
- A Smart Footer System tab. This is where you configure which footers to use on the various post types and archives for your site. You can also choose whether or not to still display your default theme footer.
- A Footers custom post type. This is where you’ll actually build your custom WordPress footers.
Because you need to have some custom footers before the Smart Footer System tab can start working, I’ll start by showing you how to create a custom footer.
Creating Your Custom Footer With Smart Footer System
To create a new footer, you head to the Footers custom post type and click Add New Footer. You’ll see what is basically the standard WordPress Editor, as well as a new metabox at the bottom with settings specific to Smart Footer System:
Here’s how it works:
- You design your actual footer using the standard WordPress Editor – this is where it comes in handy to have a page builder
- You configure how your footer actually functions (e.g. click to reveal, sticky, etc) in the Footer Settings box at the bottom.
So what page builders can you use? It has guaranteed support for:
- Visual Composer
- Fusion Builder
- Most other ThemeForest page builders
And because it uses a custom post type, there’s a chance you can enable other page builders to work on it. I was able to enable my page builder of choice, Elementor, for the Footers custom post type:
But…it didn’t actually work when I tried to edit the page. Elementor couldn’t seem to figure out how to work with the Footer post type. Which brings me to my criticism:
While it’s pretty easy to create a gorgeous footer if your page builder of choice is compatible, you’re kinda up a creek without a paddle if your page builder is not supported. That is, you’ll need to use HTML and the regular WordPress Editor.
For that reason, I think Smart Footer System would really benefit from a non-page builder method of building an attractive footer as well. Or maybe some easily editable templates, at a minimum.
But if you’re using Visual Composer or Fusion Builder, this isn’t something you need to worry about.
I’ll whip up a basic HTML footer just to show you how this works:
Configuring How Your Footer Works
Once you’ve actually built your footer content, you can scroll down to the Footer Settings box to configure how it looks and functions.
Depending on the Footer type that you select, you’ll get different options. For example, if you choose a Normal footer, there’s not much to configure:
But if you go with one of the other options…say, a Sticky footer, you’ll have a bunch of options to go through and configure:
And it’s the same for the Reveal and Banner footer types.
In these options, you can configure everything from colors to animation effects and text prompts.
Once you’ve set everything up, you just need to Publish your footer like you would a normal WordPress post.
Displaying Your Custom WordPress Footer
Once you’ve published your footer, you’re ready to display it to the world. You can do that in two ways:
- Enable it for all content of a certain type
- Enable or disable it on a per-post basis
To enable it for all content, you can head to the Smart Footer System tab.
First, choose whether you want to still use your default footer. If you decide to leave your theme’s default footer turned on, Smart Footer System will basically add your new footer above your theme’s default footer.
Then, all you need to do is select the footer for each type of content from the dropdown:
With that configuration, visitors will see my default theme footer on all pages except the blog page, where they’ll see my custom WPKube Banner footer like this:
If you have WooCommerce installed, you’ll also be able to configure custom footers for your various WooCommerce pages on the Smart Footer System tab:
Setting Custom Footers for Individual Pages
In addition to setting the defaults, you can also customize how your footer works for individual posts and pages.
For all your posts and pages, you’ll get a new Smart Footer System metabox in the WordPress Editor. It allows you to override the default footer with any one of your saved footer templates:
I like this feature because it gives you very granular control over your footers. You could, for example, create a footer advertising a product on just one specific post.
How Much Does Smart Footer System Cost?
At just $16, Smart Footer System is pretty dang affordable. It’s sold at Code Canyon, so you’ll also get standard Envato licensing with your purchase.
To buy Smart Footer System, just give this link a click.
I love everything about the functionality of Smart Footer System. The new footer modes are pretty dang cool. And the ability to display different footers on different pieces of content is super helpful.
The only area where Smart Footer System falters is the actual interface to build a footer. There are two issues:
- If you don’t have a supported page builder, you need to know HTML.
- The styling options lack color pickers or other helpful features.
But if you can get over that, or if you are using Visual Composer or Fusion Builder, then I think Smart Footer System is a great option to enhance your WordPress site’s footer.
Additionally, the developer says that version 2 is on the way with a new dashboard and more features. So I hope that version 2 fixes some of my criticisms and builds on the good things the plugin already does.
And if you enjoyed reading about how to customize your WordPress footer, you might also enjoy tweaking your sidebar. Read these posts to learn how to add a sticky sidebar or other ways to enhance your WordPress sidebar.