Hello Bar is awesome! However, as a designer, I find it to be a bit too limiting for my (and my client’s) needs. Many of my clients come to me and say, “I want THAT (‘that’ meaning “Hello Bar”)! What they also say is that I want ‘THAT’ to do x,y, & z. For those of you that have played around with ‘THAT’…you know that Hello Bar doesn’t give full control of the plugin for the more advanced user. As a result, I have searched many billable hours for the best Hello Bar Alternative!
Below is my list of favorites. If you know one that you feel is better (or worth a mention), PLEASE let me know. I would love to add to my list.
BugMeBar lets you add a message to the top of the screen which a user can dismiss. You can use a cookie if you like so that the notification bar can stay gone once the website visitor has clicked close. Here are the main options…
- Set the target of where the bar will go, you can add it to anywhere you want
- Enter the message (including HTML content)
- Set colours for message, links and transition colours
- Align message and close button
- Remember close with a cookie
- Set cookie expiry time
- Name your cookie
- Turn CSS3 transitions on/off
- Turn CSS3 animations on/off
- Use a fixed position bar so it sticks to top of the page
- Already got a fixed header? No problem, use a fixed spacer to push existing fixed headers down
- Set a z-index to make sure BugMeBar stays on top of everything.
And of course, BugMeBar is responsive and fully functional on mobile/tablet
FooBar is a neat and unobtrusive notification bar that sits at the top of the page that can be used to inform or announce specific info to site visitors. The collapsible bar can be used in unlimited scenarios, including displaying notifications, showing site announcements, product specials, competitions, giveaways, etc. Anything you can think of, really.
With over 30 options, the FooBar can be customized to look however you want. The FooBar helps you increase your social likes, followers etc, helps to promote your products and increase sales, and it helps with gaining more pageviews when used with the RSS feed options.
AttentionGrabber is a plugin for WordPress that allows you to add a notification bar to your website.
With this plugin you can easily display custom texts, Twitter posts and Feeds RSS . Also, the huge list of features lets you fully customize the notifications look.
attentionGrabber is a simple but effective solution to market your products and share contents through your website.
It is confirmed by a huge number of clients that by using the plugin you will attract the attention of your viewers increasing
- Conversion rate of a product/service you promote online
- Subscribers to your blog feeds and e-mail newsletter
- Followers to your Twitter page
- Likers on Facebook
Sticky Header is the top navigation bar that remains at the top of the page even when a user scrolls the page. This makes navigating to other parts of the site easy.
It also uses some CSS3 features like rounded corners or text shadow, and those effects won’t apply on older browsers , but this doesn’t affect the functionality.
The Realtime Announcer is a php system that can be used inside your website to give you the ability to post news,notifications or announcements to your users But this time you can do that in RealTime!, which means that while the user is browsing your pages he can get the upto date news without having to reload the page.
uAnnounce is a Premium Announcement plugin for WordPress. The announcements are thin colored stripes that contain a message and appear at the top of the page. uAnnounce allows you to schedule announcements to appear on your blog, you can use this to draw your visitors’ attention to an important message you may have. It supports a wide range of conditions that influence on which pages, blog posts and/or to users with which particular browsers the announcement should be displayed. It also features multiple skins to cover the basic announcement types, such as Alert, Error, Warning, Info.
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