Make a sticky menu, header or any other WordPress element
WP Sticky is not specifically a menu plugin. It’s meant to empower you to make element(s) of your web pages sticky so they will stay at the top or bottom of the screen. This has been a trend with navigation for a while because users prefer sticky navigation.
With this plugin, you can make anything sticky. Text, images, widgets, menus, calls to action, etc. And you don’t need to know how to find the element’s ID in the code. Every paid version comes with a visual element picker.
The majority of its features come from the ability to configure each sticky element’s settings individually. This lets you toggle off its live status for testing, position the element at the top or bottom of the screen, change the opacity of sticky elements, and much more.
If it qualifies as an element in HTML, you can make it stick. You can have unlimited sticky elements, each with its own settings, like:
positioning at the top or bottom of the screen
defined space between the top of the page and the sticky element
stickiness enabled or disabled based on screen size, page, or post
adjustable z-index values to keep things in the right stack order
fade-in or slide-down animation effects
You can select the element to make sticky by HTML ID, CSS class, or by using the visual element picker. WP Sticky is fast and easy to use, and is compatible with all themes, pages builders and plugins.
This is the only plugin we could find that makes anything sticky and plays nicely with everything else. There are other plugins that make certain elements sticky, like share buttons and navigation. Others, like ElementsKit, offer lots of sticky options but only work with certain plugins or themes.
How does WP Sticky work?
If you have enough coding experience to find an element by its HTML ID or CSS class, you can specify an item to make sticky. But if you don’t know how to do that or don’t feel like it, you can use the visual element picker.
Have users with admin access and need a fixed header bar that won’t cover up login fields or controls? Built-in admin bar recognition ensures a sticky element will not cover up this area for a user with login credentials.
What kinds of sites would benefit?
Sticky calls to action are useful for eCommerce sites or those that engage in any form of marketing. Sticky navigation is useful for many sites, particularly those that have blogs or long form content.
This plugin is focused on one function only – the ability to make any element sticky in any theme, in perfect harmony with other plugins and page builders. It performs that function swimmingly, according to its ratings.
It’s currently one of a kind and therefore has no true competitors. But as the stickiness trend picks up steam, we may see new sticky plugins vying for the same target market and forcing some interesting innovations.
What are its drawbacks?
The ability to make anything sticky – as many anythings as you want or need – can easily get out of hand. The whole point of making something sticky is to keep the visitor’s attention to it. If your site is a cacophony of sticky elements, your visitors won’t know which end is up.
It doesn’t come with a voice of reason to shake you and say, “This is too much. No one wants to look at your categories widget all the time. They don’t care about your archive, either. Just stop it.”
WP Sticky has three paid plans, all with one-time payments, lifetime licenses, and lifetime updates and support. All three have mostly the same features, including:
All plugin features
Unlimited sticky elements
Visual elements picker
Advanced options and effects
The single license ($49) is for one site. The team license ($79) is for three sites and allows you to install on client sites. The agency license ($199) is for 100 sites and comes with white label mode in addition to everything else.
There is a free version, but it seems the only thing you can do with it is make one element sticky. And you can't customize it much.
Wrapping it up
WP Sticky allows you to make any element of your site sticky. It’s a useful plugin for sites that:
Sell products and/or services
Earn income through affiliate marketing
Rely on user engagement or social sharing
Have content-heavy pages that require scrolling
The free version has very limited functionality. But the paid versions are inexpensive and convenient because you get lifetime updates and support for a license you only pay for once.
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