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How to Create Animated Particle.js Backgrounds in WordPress 

Written By: author image Stacey Corrin
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Stacey has been writing about WordPress and digital marketing for over 10 years and on other topics for much longer. Alongside this, she's fascinated with web design, user experience, and SEO.
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John Turner is the co-founder of SeedProd. He has over 20+ years of business and development experience and his plugins have been downloaded over 25 million times.

Do you want to add an animated particle background effect to your WordPress website?

By adding a background with particle.js to your site, you can make important content stand out and boost your WordPress site’s interactivity. In this article, we’ll show you how to add particle backgrounds to any WordPress page easily.

What Is Particle.js?

Particle.js is a JavaScript library that lets you create and animate small particles on your webpage. These particles can be customized in size, shape, color, and movement to create interesting visual effects that enhance your website’s design and user experience.

Think of it like a digital fireworks show, where each particle is like a little firework that can move and change color in response to user interactions or other events on the page

Why Add Particle.js Backgrounds to WordPress?

Particle backgrounds can add an extra layer of visual interest and interactivity to your WordPress site, making it more engaging and memorable for visitors.

For example, if you run a creative agency or a design portfolio, you can use Particle.js to create an eye-catching visual effect that showcases your creativity and design skills. You can use particle backgrounds to create a dynamic and visually appealing background for your header, hero section, or any other site section.

particle.js background example

Particle.js can also create unique and creative loading animations to keep visitors engaged and entertained while waiting for your site to load. This is particularly important for areas with large images or videos, which can take a while to load on slower connections.

Overall, Particle.js is a great way to add a sense of interactivity and dynamism to your WordPress site, making it more engaging and memorable for your visitors.

How to Add Particle.js Backgrounds to My WordPress Site?

There are several ways to add particle backgrounds to your WordPress site, even if you’re a beginner.

First, you can use a WordPress Particle.js plugin or WordPress page builder with built-in particle effect features. We recommend this option for beginners because it typically requires zero coding knowledge or tech skills.

Another way to add particle effects to your site is using a WordPress theme that includes particle.js. This is handy if you’re starting a new site and still need a WordPress theme.

The final option is using custom code to add particle effects to your website manually. We only recommend this option if you’re comfortable with coding.

In this guide, we’ll stick with the easiest option: using a WordPress plugin. Let’s get to it!

Add a Particle Background to WordPress Sections Using SeedProd

First, we’ll use a WordPress page builder plugin with the particles.js library built into its functionality: SeedProd.

SeedProd Drag and Drop WordPress website builder

SeedProd is the best website and page builder for WordPress, with over 1 million users. You can use its drag-and-drop builder to create custom WordPress themes, landing pages, WooCommerce websites, and any other layout without writing code.

With hundreds of pre-made page templates, design elements, and built-in particle backgrounds, creating stunning particle animations takes only a few minutes.

Follow the steps below to add particle backgrounds to your site with SeedProd.

Step 1. Install and Activate SeedProd

First, click here to get started with SeedProd and download the plugin. Then install and activate the plugin on your WordPress website.

If you need help with this, you can see our documentation on installing SeedProd. It walks you through the installation process and finding and activating your plugin license key.

Step 2. Choose a Pre-made Template

Your next step is to choose a pre-made template. The type of template you select depends on whether you want to make a WordPress theme or a landing page.

With SeedProd’s Theme Builder, you can build a complete WordPress theme from scratch. However, choosing this option will overwrite your existing website design. 

Alternatively, the Landing Page Builder lets you create any page without touching your existing theme. For this guide, we’ll go with this option.

From your WordPress admin dashboard, navigate to SeedProd » Landing Pages. On this page, you’ll see various page modes at the top and the option to create your own custom page.

Add a new landing page with SeedProd

Go ahead and click the Add New Landing Page button.

Here, you can choose from hundreds of pre-made landing page templates.

SeedProd landing page templates

You can filter them by type by clicking the tabs along the top, including:

To choose a template design, click the orange checkmark icon.

Choose a SeedProd landing page template

This will open a popup window where you can enter your landing page name. SeedProd automatically generates the landing page slug (URL) for you, but if you like, you can change this.

Add your landing page name an page URL

When you’re happy with those details, click the Save and Start Editing the Page button.

Navigating the Page Builder

Your template will now open in SeedProd’s drag-and-drop visual editor. You’ll see a left-hand panel with blocks, sections, and settings and a live preview on the right-hand side.

SeedProd drag-and-drop page builder WordPress

Clicking anywhere on the preview lets you view and customize that element’s settings and see the changes in real-time.

For example, clicking the main header section opens its settings in the left-hand panel. From there, you can choose a new background image, choose a different background-position, and dim the background with a color overlay.

Edit WordPress blocks with SeedProd

Additionally, you can add new elements to your template by dragging them from the left-hand blocks panel and dropping them into place.

Add new WordPress blocks with SeedProd drag and drop

Step 3. Enable and Customize Particle Backgrounds

As we mentioned earlier, SeedProd has particle.js built into the page builder settings. Currently, you can use this feature on any page section.

To do this, click on any section until you see a purple border, then select the Advanced tab.

Enable Particle background in SeedProd

Now find the Particle Background heading, expand it, and switch the Enable Particle Background toggle to the on position.

Immediately, you’ll see a Polygon animation effect on the section background.

Polygon Particle.js background animation

If you click the ‘Style’ dropdown menu, you can change the particles to either:

  • Space
  • Snow
  • Snowflakes
  • Christmas
  • Halloween
  • Custom
Particle background styles

After choosing a particle style, you can set the particle opacity, flow direction, and color.

If you want more control over the particle customization, enable the Advanced Settings toggle.

Here, you can increase the number of particles, change the particle size, and use the selector to adjust the particle movement speed.

Particle Background advanced settings in SeedProd

Note: Increasing the number of particles can impact your page speed. It’s best to keep this setting as low as possible for the best performance.

In the same panel is an option to enable particle hover effects. If you enable it, the particles will scatter when you move over them with your cursor. However, you can only see this effect when previewing your page outside the page builder.

Adding Custom Particle Backgrounds

If you want to add custom particle effects, simply choose the Custom option from the Style dropdown menu. As you can see, the instructions indicate that you’ll need to add a custom JSON file.

Custom Particle Background SeedProd

Luckily, the instructions include a link to, a JavaScript library that lets you set custom attributes for your particle background by pointing and clicking.

In the particle json config panel, you can choose custom shapes, densities, sizes, speeds, colors, and more. You can also set custom CSS for the background and enable movement effects.

Particle.js configuration

When you’re happy with your particle settings, click the ‘Download current config’ heading. This will download the configuration file to your computer.

Download current particle.js configuration file json

Now open and copy the code from the file, and paste it into the empty box in your page builder.

Past your custom particle.js code in SeedProd

Your custom particle background will appear instantly!

From there, continue customizing your landing page until it looks exactly how you want it. Remember to click Save to store your changes.

Step 4. Publish Your Changes

Once you’re happy with the customizations to your landing page, you’re ready to make it live.

To do this, click the Save dropdown arrow, and click Publish.

Publish your SeedProd landing page in WordPress

Now you can visit your landing page to see your particle background in action.

SeedProd particle background example

Use the Particle Background WP Plugin

Another way to add particle backgrounds to your WordPress site is to use the Particle Background WP plugin.

This is a free WordPress particle.js plugin. However, its customization options aren’t as easy or extensive as SeedProd.

First, you’ll need to install and activate Particle Background WP on your WordPress website. Then, click the Particle Background menu item in your WordPress admin panel.

Particle Background WP settings

In the first panel, you can show the particle background banner on your front and blog pages or with the shortcode. We’ve enabled the banner for our blog page.

Below that is a content area you can customize with the WYSIWYG editor. Here you can enter a heading for your banner, a description, and a call to action.

Particle Background WP content settings

The next panel includes particle customization options, including density, color, and background color. You can also enter custom CSS.

Particle Background WP particle customization options

After saving your changes, you can visit your blog page and see the banner with a particle background in place.

Example of Particle Background WP banner

You can also use the shortcode to add the same banner on any page or post. However, it’s important to note that your banner will sit over the content, not behind it, as on SeedProd.

More Ways to Add Particle.js to WordPress

If you’re still looking for other ways to add particle.js to your WordPress site, you may find the following tools helpful:

Ultimately, the easiest way to add Particle Backgrounds to WordPress is with SeedProd. It’s easy to use, requires zero coding, and has tons of customization options that take a few clicks to set up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need coding experience to add a particle background to my WordPress site?

No, you do not need coding experience to add particle backgrounds to WordPress. SeedProd has a code-free interface to make adding the effect to your site easy without code.

Will adding a particle background slow down my website?

While particle.js backgrounds can be visually appealing, they require additional JavaScript and may slow down your website’s load time. It’s important to optimize your site to ensure it loads quickly and doesn’t negatively impact the user experience.

We suggest only using low-density particle backgrounds on the most important areas of your site.

Can I customize the particle background’s color and shape?

Yes! SeedProd allows you to customize the particle’s color, shape, density, and other parameters to create a unique and visually appealing effect on your website.

Are particle backgrounds mobile-friendly?

Yes, particle.js backgrounds can be mobile-friendly if optimized properly. However, testing your particle background on different devices and screen sizes is vital to ensure it doesn’t negatively impact the user experience. You can do this with SeedProd’s built-in mobile preview feature.

What are some other types of animated backgrounds I can use on WordPress?

In addition to particle backgrounds, you can use several other types of animated backgrounds on your WordPress site, including parallax scrolling, video backgrounds, and animated gradients. These effects help create a visually engaging and dynamic experience.

There you have it!

We hope this guide has helped you learn how to create Particle Backgrounds in WordPress.

You might also like this guide on the best WordPress photo gallery plugins to compliment your new particle backgrounds. Or this guide on how to add snow effects in WordPress.

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Stacey Corrin Writer
Stacey has been writing about WordPress and digital marketing for over 10 years and on other topics for much longer. Alongside this, she's fascinated with web design, user experience, and SEO.

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