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4 Best WordPress Dynamic Content Tools

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What is dynamic content? And how can you use it on your WordPress site? Here, I will answer both of these questions. Then, I will explain how dynamic content is different from static content, provide some examples, and introduce you to some popular WordPress plugins you can use to make your website dynamic.

Dynamic Content Explained

Dynamic content is interactive web content that changes according to the location, time, and user. When a person navigates a dynamic website, WordPress will pull the correct information from the database to display it to the user depending on various factors, such as their preferences, the page they are viewing, and their past viewing history. This creates a much more interactive experience than static content, which remains the same all the time and for all viewers.

One well-known example of dynamic content is YouTube. If you are logged in, YouTube knows your preferences and past viewing history and will show you recommended videos that it thinks you will like. Then when you are watching a video, it will recommend related videos based on what you are watching.

Another example is a gym website where you might want to see the various gyms available. Each gym will have different information, for example, the gym name, address, and available facilities. So, when you click on each gym, you will see different content related to it that you will not find on the other pages.

In the past, building a dynamic website would involve a lot of custom development. You can now choose from various plugins to create dynamic sites without learning to program or hire a web developer. Here are four plugins that will enable you to easily create dynamic content on your WordPress website.

Dynamic Content For Elementor

dynamic ooo for elementor

This tool is purpose-built for designers and developers looking to create incredibly functional websites. As the name implies, Dynamic Content for Elementor allows you to populate Elementor with data from various sources.

If you’re a developer looking to get more features for Elementor, this is the tool for you. I cannot cover all of its features in this article, but the most powerful aspect of this plugin is its tailor-built widgets and extensions.

Dynamic Content For Elementor’s main features:

  • 60 widgets
  • 24 extensions
  • Dozens of templates
  • Four page-specific settings
  • Easily add PHP, dynamic tags, cursor trackers, and advanced masking
  • Tons of SVG image effects
  • Elementor form functionality extensions

Many of the widgets are essentially JavaScript libraries reformed into Elementor Pro widgets. So, you may think, why does this plugin cost money when I could use JavaScript libraries? I asked myself the same thing and attempted to do precisely that.

Incorporating JavaScript libraries into WordPress can be a bit difficult, but adding Elementor Pro into the mix makes things even more challenging. A far better option is to buy the Dynamic Content for Elementor plugin, which will give you access to the top JS libraries such as web GL, cursor tracking, smooth page transitions, and more.

Pricing:

  • 49 euros per year for one site
  • 169 euros per year for up to a thousand sites

Toolset

toolset wp plugin

Toolset is another popular plugin for making custom post types and fields. It declares itself as “The Fastest Way to Build Advanced WordPress Sites” without having to write PHP code or create child themes. You can do all the designing from within WordPress using the Block Editor.

Toolset’s main features:

In its vast array of functions, you will find the ability to create:

  • New custom post types
  • Templates, archives, and content lists
  • Site search
  • Record links
  • Catalogs and WooCommerce pages
  • Taxonomies
  • Multilingual sites

Unfortunately, among the list of custom fields, you will not find Datetime, Textarea, or Switcher, which are present in Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) and JetEngine.

Pricing:

  • $69 per year for one site
  • $149 per year for three sites
  • $299 per year for unlimited sites

JetEngine

jetengine plugin

Crocoblock has many specific plugins for Elementor, but I will be looking specifically at one of their offerings, JetEngine. JetEngine is explicitly designed to increase the functionality of Elementor or Gutenberg editor when displaying conditional data. It is similar to Advanced Custom Fields, except it is purpose-built for Elementor Pro and integrates incredibly well.

JetEngine’s main features:

  • Set up a custom post type to structure your content in an easy-to-understand way.
  • Add Taxonomies to help you categorize the custom post types.
  • Add custom fields that help you add, edit, and then display data on the front end of your website.
  • On the backend of your Elementor website, creating an options page allows you to store and change all additional options that you can apply to the post type, custom fields, or Taxonomy.

Pricing:

$43 per year.

Advanced Custom Fields (ACF)

acf plugin

Advanced Custom Fields enables you to create the data structures you need to display content dynamically across your site. It allows you to add fields anywhere on demand and display them anywhere. It is full of powerful features and more than 30 field types, yet simple and intuitive.

Unfortunately, ACF is limited to setting up the structure of your content. Placing dynamic content on your website’s front end requires knowing PHP or using a compatible plugin.

As with most top WordPress plugins, there are free and paid versions. The free version works for most things. You can use most field types, and it will save you much more time and hassle than trying to do it all without a plugin.

ACF’s main features:

  • Add custom fields and meta boxes to posts and pages.
  • Create relationships between posts.
  • Create data and save it to the options table in the database. This means that data is not tied to any specific post or page, and it’s an ideal option for creating content you want to display in headers and footers later.

Additional features in the Pro version:

  • Repeater fields are helpful if you want to include the same field several times on a post.
  • ACF blocks enable you to display custom fields instead of the standard meta box in a block style. This is particularly helpful if you are building a website for a client and need to make understanding custom field data as easy as possible.
  • The Gallery field enables you to upload multiple images to a single field.

Pricing:

Free for the main features, with the Pro version costing:

  • $49 per year for one site
  • $149 per year for ten sites
  • $249 per year for unlimited sites

Conclusion

A dynamic website will work well for you if you maintain a website with ever-changing content. Creating dynamic websites is easier than ever, thanks to various plugins that enable you to make custom content, display that content dynamically wherever needed, or both — all without coding!

Do you usually build static or dynamic websites? Are you already using the dynamic features in one of the mentioned plugins? Leave me a comment, and let me know!

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Lana Miro

Lana Miro

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I’m passionate about website design & development. Working as Content Manager at @Crocoblock. Here is my Twitter account: @Lana_Miro