WP Super Snow (Falling Snow, Customizable)

Description

Beautiful falling snow plugin for any WordPress holiday or Christmas site.

This is an awesome free Christmas snow falling plugin with jQuery and CSS3; very lightweight. You can add falling snow flakes to your website and customize these snow flakes using various configuration options in your WordPress Dashboard.

License

Copyright: © 2013 WebSharks, Inc. (coded in the USA)

Released under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Credits / Additional Acknowledgments

Screenshots

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Installation

WP Super Snow is Very Easy to Install

  1. Upload the /wp-super-snow folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress®.
  3. Navigate to the WP Super Snow panel & configure.

FAQ

Can I change the size of each snow flake (and other options)?

Yes, please check your Dashboard under: WP Super Snow -› Virtual Snow Blower.

Does this plugin load a bunch of extra files that will slow down my site?

No, this plugin pulls in ONE simple jQuery (JavaScript) file — very small. It delivers beautiful falling snowflakes using only this one JavaScript file (and whatever snowflake images you choose). Please check your Dashboard under: WP Super Snow -› Virtual Snow Blower.

Does this falling snow plugin allow for custom snowflake images?

Yes, please check your Dashboard under: WP Super Snow -› Virtual Snow Blower.

CPU performance; should I be concerned?

If you increase the number of snowlfakes — yes. WP Super Snow can eat up a lot of CPU, even on modern computers when there are a large number of elements being moved around the screen at once. The default configuration that comes with WP Super Snow may have notably lower CPU utilization as it doesn’t include a lot of extras, and the default number of snowflakes is reduced to improve speed. Consider lowering the speed; and also the amount of snowflakes to help reduce CPU use even further.

note: WP Super Snow will attempt to use GPU-based hardware acceleration to animate the snow. Having GPU acceleration can help in reducing CPU utilization. Most modern browsers will support this; WP Super Snow takes advantage whenever it’s possible (automatically).

What browsers are supported by this falling snow plugin?

Compatible w/ IE 10+, IE Mobile 10+, Firefox 5+, Chrome 4+, Safari 4+, iOS Safari 3.2+, Android 2.1+, Android Chrome 31+, Android Firefox 25+, BlackBerry 7+, Opera 12+, Opera Mobile 12.1+; and many other modern browsers. See also: http://caniuse.com/css-animation.

note: If you take a look at Dashboard -› WP Super Snow -› Forecast / Conditions; you can enable WP Super Snow for mobile devices if you like. However, please be WARNED; WP Super Snow is known to reduce battery life on mobile devices. Also, on older cell phones this can cause problems for their processors. By default, WP Super Snow is not loaded for mobile devices (recommended behavior).

Are there any other requirements for this plugin to function properly?

This plugin requires jQuery (comes w/ WordPress). If you have WordPress, you already have jQuery. This plugin also requires PHP v5.3 (or higher); please check with your hosting company about this. See also: the list of supported browsers above.

Reviews

Love it but causing site to freeze

We love this plugin but we have had complaints that it is ironically freezing the website when turned on. So we have had to turn it off this year. As it hasn’t been updated in over a year I can only assume it has been abandoned and is not compatible with WordPress anymore.

Works Great

Works great even on mobile devices with personalized mobile theme.THX
But sadly does not work in safari

Awesome Snowing Plugin

We tried this plugin out a year ago and it still works wonderfully. It’s very customizable (right down to the images of the snowflakes) and lightweight. We checked PageSpeed Insights before and after with 100 snowflakes and transparency effects turned ON, and it didn’t slow us down at all. Pingdom and Webpagetest.org also showed negligible reductions in loading speed.

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Contributors & Developers

“WP Super Snow (Falling Snow, Customizable)” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

v151204

  • Now requires PHP v5.4+.
  • Tested for compatibility w/ WordPress v4.3, and 4.4+.
  • General cleanup and organizational improvements in code.
  • Back-end UI enhancements.

v131203

  • Initial Release. Just in time for the holiday season 🙂