User generated content can be very effective in keeping your site active with fresh content, and we all know the importance of fresh content from the SEO as well as users perspective.
Content is pivotal in creating a proper online presence. In fact, when it comes to the matter of marketing through the internet, “content is king,” is a popular slogan.
However, it can be taxing to produce a good service and complement its quality content. But what if you can have your users do the content generation for you. Yes, it is very much possible, and here we will be discussing just that.
So if you are a WordPress user, here are 5 best User Generated Plugins to let your loyal customers promote your company for you.
Frontend Content Sharing WordPress Plugins
AccessPress Anonymous Post Pro
With AccessPress Anonymous Post Pro installed on your WordPress website, you have the option to give your users a similar experience to that of the WordPress Visual Editor. The plugin is filled to the brim with a list of functions and features. You can allow your users to use the full extent of options available in the WordPress Visual Editor or limit them to only certain functionalities, whatever you see fits.
Other notable features of the plugin include a responsive form design, unlimited customization fields, Flexibility is post submission types, ability to set post-form, submission redirects Images with rich media integration, and much more. In terms of features, this plugin has it all.
In case of generating content from the users, it is advised that you engage with some precautions. In this regard Cred is one of the best WordPress plugins for the purpose. The plugin is built for mainly for gated content submissions. It comes packed with features like input validation checker, spam protection, Payment integration and the ability to incorporate user or member role assignment.
The plugin will help you to provide your users with their own profile images and other profile based settings. There is also the option to implement an expiration time to the submitted content and an inbuilt email notification system for the admin.
Overall the plugin is perfect if you are looking for user-submitted product listings, directories, memberships or even classified sites.
BuddyForms is arguably one of the best front-end content submission plugins for WordPress. Some people will go to the lengths of saying that it is ‘perfect!’
Some of the notable features of the plugin include Advanced Form Elements, Post Type Customizations, Front-end Revision Control, User Role Management and much more.
You can also use the plugin inbuilt feature to integrate e-commerce into your site. There are also features like admin email notifications and a handy Form Wizard Guide which make things super easy to use.
Now use a feature loaded plugin does come at a price, or in this case with a price tier. There are a variety of plans, each with a different price tag. This gives you the freedom to choose the feature you really require and only pay for what you need.
With Communities installed on your WordPress website, you will be easily able to create… Communities. And now it should come intuitively to you that having a community is quite a handy way to getting user-generated content.
After installing the plugin onto your WordPress website, you can allow your users to become members of your on-site community and then start commenting and contributing as community members.
The plugin allows features like commenting, thought sharing, message boards, wikis and much more. It is also very user-friendly and allows everything to be handled directly from the front end interface.
Users will be able to create their own communities as well or can wander about in the discussion boards and wikis that you have pre-built into your site. Besides these, there is also an abundance of moderation tools and community management tools so you can keep an eye that things do go R rated.
Frontend Publishing Pro
Frontend Publishing Pro is available in a free as well as paid variants. For the majority of your needs, the free version will suffice. It is by no means compromised regarding features. This plugin would be ideal for people who are not user about the entire user-generated content strategy and want to experiment with it first.
For the experiment phase, use the free version of the plugin which as stated is by no means deprived. And once you see user-generated content is becoming beneficial to your business, then you can go to upgrade to the paid version and get access to premium features.
With the free version, you will get features like content moderation, like setting word count limits, restrictions in reference to tags use, links, bios and much more. You can also set the option to allow for user-specified publication rules and embed shortcodes for form placement.
Now, once you see all this is improving your marketing performance, then you go ahead and make the upgrade. With the paid version, you will get a responsive form design, cross theme compatibility, a drag and drop builder, post-publication management tools, PayPal integrations, captcha security and a whole lot more.
The key to getting users on board this plan of yours is to let things be as intuitive and user-friendly as possible. Some of your customers will really be in love with your service if you make good quality products. And these customers will be eager to share their positive experience with the world, and let your company shine.
Just think about it yourself. Haven’t you gone to a good restaurant and recommended your friends the same. It is like that! Now, to help your users to promote your service or brand name, these plugins will provide substantial help.
So if you decide to give these plugins a try. Do tell us how you liked them. Also, if you already use such a plugin which is unfortunately left out from this list, then do mention them in the comment section. You will be helping out a fellow reader in the process.