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Essential Functionalities Of A Doctors Website

Updated : May 18, 2018

For decades, doctors relied on ‘word of mouth’ advertising, i.e. existing patients would refer their friends and family to their doctor’s practice. While that strategy worked well, it has become less effective after the .dot com rise.

So today, most of the doctor’s website are created using WordPress to promote their practice because it is where they can make an impression on potential patients, track patients medical records and connect with existing patients.

As doctors, you may think that creating a successful website is quite a lot of work and money. When in reality it isn’t. You just need proper guidance on what to do.

The primary goal of your medical website is,

  • To make a good first impression
  • Help your existing patients get good care
  • Show contact options
  • Share good healthcare news
  • Provide a proper appointment setup

That’s exactly what we’ll be digging in our post.

We’ll talk about themes and plugins that are essential for your medical practice website.

Let’s jump right in…

Best doctors website template

Choosing the right medical WordPress theme for your practice, can be overwhelming, at least when they are new. This is where we come in play.

We have handpicked some of the best medical WordPress themes that will be suitable for doctors website.

Medicare

Medicare is a pleasant and professional multipurpose website theme. It has many distinct features such as customizable typographies, different style headers, and offers plenty of useful shortcodes. It also makes use of a visual page builder called ‘Bold Builder’ that helps to make the designing process intuitive and clear-cut.

Features

  • Offer cost calculator
  • 500+ Google fonts
  • Fully responsive
  • Appointment booking
  • WP customizer
  • WPML ready
  • WooCommerce support
  • Supports child theme

Medical Pro

MedicalPro which is based on Twitter Bootstrap is one of the perfect themes for doctors website. It also has four different homepage combinations as well as a Booked plugin for appointment booking. For other pages, the theme provides 12 different page templates.

Features

  • Includes Visual Composer, Revolution Slider, TimeTable, and Booked
  • plugins
  • WooCommerce ready
  • WPML support
  • Unlimited color and fonts
  • 15 PSD files included

TheGem

TheGem is a diverse multipurpose theme which has 52 homepage demos designed for medical practices. It not only has varieties in homepages, there are other pre-built page layouts that can be customized with the Visual Composer plugin. You can provide many essential information such as staff, location, testimonials, Google maps and much more.

Features

  • Designs includes the latest UX/UI trends of 2017
  • Fully responsive
  • Retina ready
  • Compatible with the most popular WordPress plugins

Clinico

Clinico is a clean modern design which looks busy on the first glance with sliders and icons filling the page. It has many useful features such as visual page builder, multiple font options, and appointment scheduling forms. The theme has all the basic functionalities that will not confuse patients/users who visit your website.

Features

  • Responsive layout
  • Retina ready
  • WPML ready
  • Supports Contact Form 7
  • WooCommerce ready

WordPress booking plugins for doctors website

WordPress is an excellent platform to sell your products/services, run a business website or share content with people.

But, when it comes to a doctors website, appointment booking is crucial. You’ll have to use something more than what the WordPress core offers. The core functionality of any website can be improved with the help of plugins.

If you’re not satisfied by the booking options in the theme you purchased or looking out for a new one, here are few awesome WordPress booking plugins that will be useful.

Booking Calendar

Booking Calendar will help to add a complete online booking service to your website. It is well-supported and one of the oldest WordPress booking plugin that is available in the WordPress plugin directory.

Features

  • Flexible and intuitive interface
  • Received bookings are stored in the plugin database
  • Customizable and responsive design
  • Robust admin panel with a calendar view of all the bookings
  • Addition of booking from admin panel to your Google calendar

Booking Calendar Contact Form

The Booking Calendar Contact Form will help you build a traditional contact booking form where you can integrate a reservation calendar. You can also connect with a PayPal payment button. The plugin allows patients/visitors to select ‘check-in’ and ‘check-out’ dates.

Features

  • Includes an anti-spam CAPTCHA
  • Easy selection of start and end dates
  • Option to customize validation messages( emails,texts)
  • Full-day, partial-day, and week-long bookings support

WP Simple Booking Calendar

WP Simple Booking Calendar is a prefect plugin that will be suitable for any website. With the plugin you can display your availability too. The free version has all the basic things you need to keep track in your website. For advanced editing and publishing options, you can upgrade to the premium version.

Features

  • Change the start month/year
  • Responsive calendar
  • Multiple calendar overview
  • Edit multiple dates in a single click

Easy appointments

Easy appointments is a flexible WordPress appointment booking plugin. The plugin allows you to add multiple locations and services. It also allows you to customize the booking form through custom fields. You can easily add an appointment booking form to any page in your website with the help of shortcodes.

Features

  • Responsive layouts
  • Supports translation
  • Booking notification
  • Google and iCalendar sync
  • PayPal integration

Final thoughts on functionalities for a doctors website

There are plenty of WordPress themes and appointment plugins to choose from.

Choose one that will be suitable for your medical website.

Also, if you’re looking for something custom , ColorWhistle’s wordpress developers can help you. We have developed many custom themes and plugins for various industries including medical. Our developers follow the best quality standards for creating fully functional themes and plugins.

Get in touch with to generate a request for our doctor website development services.

Hope this list was helpful. Do you have any other theme and plugin recommendations? Please share it with us in the comments section below.

About the Author

Anjana Easwariah

Anjana Easwariah has been a ghostwriter for the past two years working with writing challenged clients. Currently, she is a copywriter at ColorWhistle managing content related projects. To write distinctly creative and unique content, she collaborates with the website design and digital marketing team. When she is not writing, you can find her playing badminton or watching crime shows.