A website is among the best ways to turn potential customers on to your business. With a CMS like WordPress, you can configure every part of your site — from content to appearance to user experience — in order to achieve this goal.
Still, websites have the potential to feel...well, a bit impersonal. After all, a website is just a group of related HTML files.
That’s why, more and more, customers are looking for a human element in their buyer’s journey, and in the marketing they see — some indicator that there are real people behind the brands they love.
An easy way to achieve this? Add a “meet the team” section, complete with names and profile images. By showing visitors not just who they’re buying from, but who they’re buying from, you help to establish trust and distinguish yourself from your (literally) faceless competitors.
In this post, we’ve compiled a list of the best WordPress plugins for displaying teams on websites. The features range from free to premium, basic to feature-rich, but all offer a way to show your team members in their best light.
With over 40,000 downloads to date, the Team Members plugin by WP Darko is a leading team showcase plugin for WordPress.
This free tool is configurable in your dashboard and lets you display up to five team member cards in one row (with unlimited team members permitted). Complete each card with a photo, bio, position, description, and up to three links to social media profiles. Team Members’ displays are also mobile-friendly.
While you get basic functionality for free with this plugin, upgrading to the pro version of Team Members (for $19/year) allows for tighter control over style — you can add a “more info reveal” box, filters for photos, and assign different colors per team member.
WP Team Showcase and Slider is another free plugin that allows you to creatively display your staff on your site. It comes with two different layouts for team cards, social links, a pop-out option for more information on mouse hover. Cards can be arranged in a mobile-responsive grid or slider and placed with a shortcode.
This plugin also offers a premium version with 25 designs, light and dark themes, drag-and-drop placement, and support for the Elementor, WPBakery, Beaver Builder, Divi, and SiteOrigin page builders.
The paid Team Showcase plugin provides an easy way to display photos of team members and add name, position, and contact information, while allowing more control over appearance than free options. You have several layout options for display, including a simple grid, a grid that reveals employee information on mouse hover, and a thumbnail display which reveals information on click.
You can style your displays with various image effects and add filters to display personnel by category. The information below each member can be aligned to the left, right, or center, and arrange order with a drag-and-drop feature in your dashboard. If you prefer, you can also create a single page on your website for each member with this plugin.
ASWM Team applies a modern aesthetic to team display modules, aligning your website with clean design trends we’ve seen taking hold across the web. If you choose a grid display for your team members, you can set cards to reveal more information on mouse hover, either through a fade-in, slide-in, or card-flip transition effect. A list display allows for name, description, role, and minimalist social buttons as well.
ASWM Team integrates well with the WPBakery page builder, and is a great choice for small teams and modern businesses — you’ll get a sleek layout with almost no design work on your part. The core plugin is free, but ASWM Team Pro adds layouts including modal windows, slide-ins, tables, and circles.
The free Team plugin from RadiusTheme comes with four different grid layouts for presenting your team, including two with square profile images and two with circle-cropped profile images, along with a carousel slider. Like other options we’ve mentioned thus far, Team’s modules are responsive and easily placed with shortcode. You’ll also get control over the primary color of the display and image sizes.
By upgrading to the pro version for $17, you unlock 20+ more layout options, more control over colors and typography, and other detail controls so you can further customize the layouts you're given to match your site’s theme.
Team Builder is a fully responsive, cross-browser-compatible plugin that comes with various team display layouts. Use the plugin to filter your team by departments, and take advantage of its many customization options to modernize your site — the colors, fonts, arrangements, and hover effects are all up to you.
You can arrange your profiles in a grid, slider, table, or widget, add social icons and custom URLs, and add different tags for members to help visitors filter large teams. Setup is simple, and all layouts are mobile-friendly.
The TC Team Members plugin efficiently displays all of your team profiles for free. Configure personal info, profile image, and up to four social links for each member. This plugin also comes with live demos to make installation simpler for you.
Start with the free version, and if you’re happy with it, consider upgrading to the premium version at any time. The paid version ($19) comes with more layouts, more image hover effects, and better control over text positioning.
Wrapping up our list is the premium plugin Heroes Assemble. It offers 12 different grid layouts, including options that minimize space between profile images for a tile effect, a look suitable for modern websites with stylized filtered images.
In addition to a standard photo grid and table layouts, this plugin comes with a profile modal: When you select a team member’s thumbnail, a window appears with a larger photo, lengthier description, and contact information. You can even add a “skills bar” section to highlight each member’s strengths.
Marketing and digital trends change, but here’s one key insight we’ve seen from the rise of online businesses: People like to buy from people.
In an age where it’s all too easy to lie on the internet, customers value transparency from websites and brands. By showcasing your team with a WordPress plugin, not only do you further inform customers about your business — you also add a layer of professionalism and legitimacy, no matter your area of expertise.
Originally published Nov 11, 2020 7:00:00 AM, updated November 11 2020