This week on Plugin of the Week we will be looking at the WPFront Notification Bar. It allows you to install a notification bar to the top or bottom of your page.
This is a great addition to any website because it allows you to generate leads for your business. By asking people to sign up to your email list, they are giving you permission to contact them in the future. (We have to be careful not to spam them, however!) This is the first step in the sales funnel if you can reach out to them and let them know of your services, online courses, offline events etc.
Go to Plugins->Add New->Search Plugins.
Enter “WPFront Notification Bar” into the search bar then download and activate it. If you are still unsure about how to add plugins to your WordPress website, I wrote a blog on that too!
There are many applications with this plugin from letting users know of any changes to your site to any upcoming events. Essentially it allows users to quickly and easily see what you want them to see, which can help increase engagement.
WPFront Notification Bar Settings
To get to this go to WPFront on your Dashboard then Notification Bar
From here you’ll be greeted with all the different custom settings you can implement. First off let’s look at Display.
Here we can set how the notification bar looks on our website.
I always find having the bar appear at the top is the best choice but of course it’s entirely up to you.
I would also recommend enabling the sticky bar (fixed at position), this keeps the bar set at the top of the screen as they scroll down so there’s no getting away from it.
Display After is also a useful option, you’ll always want a 1 or 2 second delay to help draw the user’s attention to it.
There are many other displays, as you can see, so don’t be afraid to experiment with them to see what works best for you.
Now we’ll get into the meat of the Notification Bar ;Content.
You can type the message you want to be displayed on your bar here
Process shortcodes is just if you embedded a shortcut to an image or video within the message text.
Display Button adds a button to link to a different page on your site (or anywhere else) next to the message.
Button Action lets you type in the URL destination of the button when clicked. Incidentally, enabling the Open URL in new tab/window is never a bad idea.
The Filter section lets us schedule what start dates and end dates we want to display our message on, which can come in handy for any promotional strategies or events you might be doing.
You can also set which pages you want the bar to appear on as well as who can see it.
Here you can customize the colour of the bar itself as well as the text and button colour.
As always play around with it to suit your own website and maybe do some AB testing to see what works best.
So that’s it for the WPFront Notification Bar. Stop by next week when we’ll be going onto something a little more advanced.
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