Unobtrusive Website Toolbars to Help Increase User Engagement

15 Mar/12

Pop-ups, pop-unders, splash pages, marquees and other "in your face" techniques to grab your visitors’ attention are so yesterday . They create bad user experiences and is also likely to piss visitors off. Not only will they not work for today’s web surfers, they are bound to backfire.

unobtrusive toolbars Unobtrusive Website Toolbars to Help Increase User Engagement

Designers and bloggers all face a common goal – we want our visitors to read important site notices, to know about current happenings (giveaways, announcements, etc) or even encourage them to follow/vote for us on various social networks. We want all these to messages to be delivered and at the same time, to be assured that they are not irritated by the way we present it. But how?

You probably have an answer already, or some tricks up your sleeves. But if you don’t, here are some solutions that we’ve come to know of and we are going to share them with you.

In today’s post, we list a couple of unobstructive methods (scripts and services) that allow you to send notifications, or messages to your readers while they visit your website. In our opinon, their scripts are lightweight and their methods, understated and elegant.

Full list after the jump.

1. ViperBar

ViperBar is a unobtrusive notification bar for WordPress sites. It has some pretty amazing features, i.e, real-time analytics, custom bar styling, A/B testing, and much more. On top of that, ViperBar also works with newsletter campaign services like Aweber, Mailchimp and Feedburner. The best news is: it is free.

viperbar Unobtrusive Website Toolbars to Help Increase User Engagement

More: Get ViperBar | Screenshots

2. FooBar

Foobar is a WordPress notification bar that allows you to do all sorts of things. You can create unlimited number of bars, customize it, insert custom HTML, finetune its look and feel via WordPress Admin, and more. Foobar cost $12 and is available at CodeCanyon.

foobar Unobtrusive Website Toolbars to Help Increase User Engagement

More: Demo | Screenshots | FooBar Reviews

3. Hello Bar

Hello Bar has both free and a paid versions of a notification bar with full-blast features ranging from analytics to A/B testing. The free version limits you to 25 successful click-throughs/month while the paid version, starting from $4.95/month, offers packages from 100 click-throughs to 2500 click-throughs and opens up to an array of advanced features. Hello Bar is a great for budding bloggers to build up their RSS subscribers and Twitter followers.

hello bar Unobtrusive Website Toolbars to Help Increase User Engagement

More: Get Hello Bar | Demo

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