With the release of the OptinMonster email signup for plugins the bloggers are looking up to see the reviews so far and grab this awesome wordpress plugin. Even i was doing research on this plugin and trust me guys i have a lot to tell you about this super awesome wordpress plugin “OptinMonster“.
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TRUST ME! In next ten minutes all your doubts and thoughts regarding OptinMonster will vanish.
Well, the initial release of the OptinMonster email signup form plugin has created a buzz in the internet world. This is something that most developers could only dream of so far. Its not just me but it has become a top headline for every WordPress news and review blog. I have collected the information about this premium popup lead-generation tool “OptinMonster“.
As of now, OptinMonster’s is available so it’s worth taking another look at it to see if it really is the best WordPress email option form plugin available in the market. Just to get this purpose done i have gathered all necessary information for you so that you can see if it’s been able to live up to all the initial hype.
If you have used it before than now you should revisit to OptinMonster again as there have recently been some big changes in the way it works. It has amazing features added to it recently along with some add-ons for the service all of which are aimed at making OptinMonster an even more versatile tool for bloggers who are looking forward to increase the number of subscribers to their mailing list.
So, I can say with the research that OptinMonster is no longer simply a WordPress plugin. To know about the changes and further add on features you need to patiently listen to me and i promise to deliver you best and worthy information so far.
Lets Begin with the “OptinMonster” Review
OptinMonster: A Quick Overview
OptinMonster is an premium email optin form plugin market launched in year 2013.
Optin Monster has managed to make a separate identity from its competitors by offering a highly user-friendly interface, a selection of clean and attractive designs for its optin forms, and a new feature which has something dubbed ‘exit intent’, which, when enabled, cleverly made the popup forms it generates only be triggered when the visitor was about to leave the site.
Guys, OptinMonster started off as a WordPress plugin, but as of now it is much more than that. It has a full-on list building platform which you can use to create, deploy and test opt-in forms.
You can either choose to deploy opt-in forms with their WordPress plugin or you can take a snippet of code that can be used with any other website that supports HTML.
By this all your opt-in forms can be monitored from a central location, in as many sites you want.
Features Of OptinMonster
OptinMonster has several features induced in it. It has features varying according to three different pricing plans. Here’s a quick overview of the features of OptinMonster :
- Create unlimited forms for using on different parts of your site.
- It has a built-in analytics and reporting which help you to see which type of form is converting best.
- A feature called “A/B testing” helps in testing different forms against each other in order to see which styles work best on your site.
- It has page level targeting which enables to show certain forms on specific pages
- It has various range of designs options available depending on price plan.
Apart from these features here are some other features of OptinMonster :
- Lightbox, Footer Bar, and Slide-In forms
- Add custom HTML and CSS to forms
- Exit intent to only show popups as visitors are about to leave
- Multiple form design templates
- Integration with all major email marketing services
- Impression and conversion stats for each form
- User-friendly native WordPress user interface
After watching all these features i can say that the developers of OptinMonster went to great lengths to try and include just about everything you could ever need in order to start creating powerful optin signup forms for your email list.
Now, Just hold your breath as what i will be telling you will make to press the BUY NOW button and grab this super awesome plugin.
Trust me I Guarantee you will fall in love with this plugin ^.^ .
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OptinMonster: The New Features
The biggest feature induced in OptinMonster proves a fact that it is no longer just a WordPress plugin.
OptinMonster is now a hosted service that any website owner who’s using WordPress or otherwise make use of in order to add a range of email signup forms to their site.
OptinMionster has now become a hosted service with all of the form creation and management tasks which you can manage through your account dashboard on the OptinMonster website.
It has large number of benefits, including the introduction of a clutter-free, purpose-built user interface, the ability to manage all of your forms through one central location, and one less (large) plugin to manage on your website.
OptinMonster is still linked to wordpress website via a plugin, but now the current plugin is much smaller and more lightweight than its previous incarnation.
FOLKS! If if you are still using OptinMonster plugin than you can now either continue using the legacy plugin version, or simply migrate all of your self-hosted data to the hosted service in just a few clicks.
However OptinMonster team members have created rewards for early user of OptinMonster and keep the plugin competitive. The OptinMonster developers have been hard at work adding some other great new features such as:
- It has more types of form (blank, sidebar, and in-content/after post, full-screen entrance and exit gateways).
- It has Purpose built mobile forms.
- It has an ability to insert forms using shortcodes.
- It has various form appearance themes.
- A canvas tool for creating 100% custom popups.
- A manual optin trigger (i.e. to launch forms on mouse clicks).
- Newly optimized code for faster loading times.
- It has ability to add animation effects to forms as they load.
- A testing mode for previewing forms.
Guys, as per this list of features OptinMonster initially launched with three types of optin forms.
However, since 2013 its developers have worked on its features and have continued adding more options to the list of popup form types, which currently stands at as many as eight signup form types each with their own various templates.
OptinMonster Review : New Form Types
OptinMonster has new form types that includes the following selection of email optin forms:
- Lightbox Popup
- Floating Bar (new)
- Mobile Optimized
- Canvas Popup with Custom Content (new)
- Footer Bar
- After Post / In Content (new)
- Sidebar Widget (new)
All these new features are certainly welcome additions of OptinMonster.
One interesting feature is the in-content form, which is a form type that was notably absent from the early selection of forms is a attraction to the list.
Another interesting addition is the full screen option that allows you to cover the whole screen with your form thereby. This feature forces the visitors to either sign up or hit the back/close button.
The main use of these types of full screen form is to display them as a kind of welcome or gateway message to your visitors as they arrive at your site or the time they are about to leave your website.
OptinMonster Review : Form Themes
OptinMonster has a new selection of forms which has been created specifically for mobile visitors.
This is not only new ways of displaying the forms that have been added though, however OptinMonster also now includes more themes for customizing the appearance of its signup forms.
OptinMonster Review Form Themes Original
Just select from the new CSS3 animation effects that can be applied to the form as it is displayed with a motive to help catch the attention of your visitors.
OptinMonster has made form creation and management even easier ever. Though, with certain additions OptinMonster has the previous clean interface and well-labelled options-and-settings pages in more user friendly surroundings.
The new Custom Content Canvas Form
OptinMonster has come up with an impressive selection of different themes of styling and basing your form designs on. It is the new Canvas add on form type that gives you the option of starting from a completely blank canvas.
When you choose this option you can set the width and height of the light box, and then enter your own custom content by providing the necessary HTML and CSS.
OptinMonster Review Custom Canvas Design Facebook
OptinMonster new add on, Canvas design Facebook has expanded the functions of OptinMonster. You can create and display various sign up forms with OptinMonster.
With this you can also add various other kinds of content into the popup window, such as your social media buttons, links to other content on your site, products from your store, or anything else you think might be of interest to readers!
In addition to this, apart from adding any custom optin popup forms created using the Canvas add-on, you can also choose to apply one of numerous different animation effects, such as bounce, flash, wobble, flip, rotate, and slide effects in order to make sure your forms get noticed as they come into view.
Important Note: These effects can also be applied to the other lightbox forms including, the Canvas forms.
OptinMonster as a Hosted Service
Before, we used to manage all of the form creation and management tasks using OptinMonster plugin from within your WordPress dashboard.
But now the service has gone fully hosted. Now, all their forms are build and managed through your account area on the official OptinMonster website.
I know whats your reaction now…Well when i heard it for the first time I was actually a little doubtful.
I like one thing about wordpress, that all the things can be manged using one central location: your WP dashboard and admin area. It includes designing your site, configuring the way it works, and publishing content. It becomes like great when we add some extra plugin to it.
To Create a Hosted Email Signup Form with OptinMonster
If you have chosen OptinMonster hosted service and has purchased the Plus or Pro Licenses and also if you are using OptinMonster on multiple sites (perhaps client sites), you can now just log into one central dashboard and create forms. Additionally, you can also tweak your existing optin boxes, and view your conversion rate stats, all in one place. I think this is really beneficial for those who has chosen the hosted service.
With launch of this service the process for building and deploying the email optin forms has also changed quite a bit since previous versions.
Well, most interesting and amazing part is that all the action takes place through a purpose-built user interface (rather than being shoehorned into the WordPress admin area).
You can also add a wide range of optin/popup forms to any of the websites you manage.
How to Create an Email Optin Form With the New OptinMonster
It is very simple to create an email option form with the new OptinMonster.
Firstly, add the details of your website to your account area within the OptinMonster site. It is a as easy as entering the site address or URL.
The new OptinMonster also has an option of creating and then adding the same form to multiple websites by simply entering the individual URLs in the website field on the form settings page.
When you enter your website address on the Create New Optin screen, you’ll then need to give your campaign a title, before creating a form to be displayed to your visitors.
OptinMonster Review : Create New Optin
If you want to create a new optin what you need to do is simply select a form type, such as lightbox popup or full screen form from optin.
When you have completed with your selection, the form designs available for that particular form type will then be displayed. Some forms types have more templates than others.
For example, Lightbox form has 14 templates available with it whereas the slide-in form has only 5 pre-built designs to choose from.
OptinMonster Review : Select Your Design
Great part in this new OptinMonster Review is that each template is fully customizable, thereby giving you a little extra freedom to select your own design.
Customizing the Form Design
Once you’ve chosen the form type and template you will visualize an editing screen that pops up in front of you, from which you can customize the form template or theme you’ve chosen — or even switch to another theme if you’re unhappy with your original selection.
OptinMonster Review : Edit Interface Small
Well guys, you will be excited to see new user interface of OptinMonster where you can customize the design of your email signup form.
It’s really very simple to use, just select an option from the left-hand sidebar area, such as a form theme and than, move in the main panel and click on a form element to edit the text or change an image.
OptinMonster Review : Custom Fields
You can build a very personalized form for your website by using the custom fields of OptinMonster.
This new feature allows you to customize the colors, button text, fonts and more.
If you don’t want to use this feature than you can take a safer side and use the pre-built designs and simply add your own text.
Configuring How the Form Works
As you are done with your designing than step forward to configure how your site work’s.
You can do this by clicking on a button available on the same screen via a different tab located within the left-hand sidebar area.
OptinMonster Review : Configuration
You have various options available with you depending on the type of form you’re working with. Every option looks up to how things will work on your site.
For example, If you are creating a lightbox popup form, you can set the length of time to wait before it’s displayed. In addition to it, you can also make use of the scroll percentage trigger or enable the rather brilliant exit-intent trigger.
If your form needs more alterations than you can also add a CSS3 animation effect to be used when the form gets displayed.
OptinMonster Review : Effect
Well, after knowing about the various features you should know various configuration options that include setting a success message or redirecting users to a custom URL of your choice after the form has been completed.
If you don’t want that form should be displayed too often than you can also set the cookie duration to avoid the display and also decide whether or not to show a ‘Powered by OptinMonster’ link.
OptinMonster Review : Page Targeting
You can also decide where you want the form to be displayed on the site. You can add the form only on certain pages no to load at all on others.
However, if you are a WordPress users than you can further configure exactly where the forms will be displayed through their own WordPress admin dashboards.
OptinMonster Review : Page Targeting WordPress
Email Marketing Service Integration
OptinMonster works with an large number of email newsletter service providers, including AWeber, ConvertKit, MailChimp, and InfusionSoft, and many others. In addition to this, every update to the service seems to adds even more still.
OptinMonster Review : Email Integration
You can further integrate your new form with your email list service of choice.
Don’t worry, this is as simple as selecting the option from a drop-down list and then authorizing your account.
Well, every service works differently in this regard and to make it easy for you to figure out things, a handy link to the relevant piece of online documentation is displayed on the screen.
After your form is set up and saved, it’s time to deploy it to your website.
OptinMonster Review : Embed Button
If you are a WordPress users than go on and download the free OptinMonster plugin for FREE. You need to upload it to their site, and then enter their account details.
This will link up your account with your website and after than you will be provided access to start displaying the various optin forms you’ve created.
When you enter your API username and key, you’ll then have the option of further configuring how the plugin will work on your site.
Various options includes displaying your form globally, or defining which pages, posts, categories, and other areas of your website your form will be displayed on.
OptinMonster Output Settings
If you are thinking to further customize your form or creating a new form than you’ll be taken back to the relevant section of the OptinMonster website.
If you have been using OptinMonster plugin before than you can easily migrate all of your existing data, such as the forms, their settings, and analytics, over to your account on the new hosted platform.
OptinMonster Review : Migration Process
If you want to migrate the form on a Non-WordPress website, you can copy the relevant code and paste it on the other website.
If you have completed the procedure successfully than you will see a new optin forms start displaying in accordance with your chosen settings.
OptinMonster Final Conclusion
Now, I am sure after reading all these you must be thinking what should I do know. Should i buy it or not.
Alright! so here i give you a final picture so that it will be more clear. You can judge from the above details that OptinMonster hosted service hasn’t drastically changed the way you create and manage your forms. All additions ad changes in OptinMonster plugin are awesome and new features can only be welcomed.
The creators has taken it seriously when it comes to additions and improvement in the OptinMonster. Those who opts for the hosted service in the WordPress enjoys every feature of the plugin.
If you are only looking for a lightbox option for capturing email addresses then OptinMonster plugin is a good choice. This function helps in detecting when a user is about to leave your page.
I must say guys, it is a feature that I haven’t seen with any other WordPress plugins. This feature clearly makes OptinMonster stand out in a crowded marketplace.
But, when it comes to in-content forms, its shortage was a bit of a disappointment as not everyone wants to use popups for their email capture. But, if it is seen from development standpoint than I understand less in-content form are added due to huge number of variables and potential issues created by themes.
The most good thing about this plugin is that this powerful tool is now available for use on your non-WordPress websites we well. In addition to it, the improved version with large number of features is a real bonus.
OptinMonster is now even more useful than before also adding highlight to its features is the new optional blank-canvas-form.
With the help of this canvas form you can not just email optin forms but also you can now display about any content you like in the popup window!
Also, the newly added forms themes are amazing add-ons along with the wealth of customization options open up a world of new possibilities. In addition to it, the ability to launch the optin form from a button or link on a page provides more flexibility in how you attempt to persuade visitors to interact with your content.
Well, OptinMonster also lacks mobile support. It’s popup boxes won’t even show if a mobile device is detected. We just hope that its developers works on a mobile solution or feature add-on because it is a creative way to implement popups on mobile devices.
Trust Me if this add up is installed OptinMonster plugin will go ahead of the competition.
Overall, if you are someone’s who value quality, innovative technology like exit intent, and a user experience then OptinMonster is an investment worth making.
It is something you won’t get anywhere in the market especially building your email list is ultimately an investment in your business.
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