How to view announcements on your WordPress blog
Do you want to display announcements on your WordPress blog or website?
Adding announcements to your website is an effective way to get users' attention and increase conversions. They can be used to deliver important messages, redirect users to popular content, promote special offers, and much more.
In this article, we are going to show you how to easily view announcements in WordPress.
Why add announcements in WordPress?
Many popular websites display special announcements as a floating bar at the top or bottom. These announcement bars are very effective which is why you are seeing them on more and more websites.
Announcements are instantly recognizable due to their placement on any website. Usually it's a full-width bar at the top or bottom of a page.
You can use it to offer special discounts, run time-sensitive marketing campaigns, invite users to take part in surveys, read a new blog post, etc.
You can also add visual effects, countdown timers, and email forms to your announcement bar.
However, let's see how you can easily add announcements in WordPress.
Method 1: Viewing Announcements in WordPress Using OptinMonster
For this method we use the OptinMonster. It's the most popular lead generation and conversion optimization software on the market.
With OptinMonster you can convert website visitors into subscribers and paying customers. It comes with many types of campaigns including announcement bars that can appear at the top or bottom of your website.
Most importantly, it has powerful display rules that allow you to display different content to different users. You can also choose where and when you want your announcements to appear.
Disclosure: OptinMonster is one of our premium products. WPBeginner users can try the free version by installing our OptinMonster plugin and signing up for a free account through the plugin.
The free version is not visible on the main OptinMonster website.
First you have to install and activate the OptinMonster plugin. For more information, see our step-by-step guide to installing a WordPress plugin.
This plugin acts as a connection between your WordPress website and your OptinMonster account.
After activation you need to visit OptinMonster »Settings Click the "Connect Existing Account" button or "Create New Account" button.
A popup will then appear where you can log in and connect your WordPress website to your OptinMonster account.
Now that your WordPress site is connected, it's time to create your first geolocated campaign. Go to OptinMonster »Campaigns Click the Add New button.
First of all, you need to choose your campaign type. OptinMonster supports lightbox popups, floating bars, inline optins, full screen, slide-in and gamified campaigns.
For this tutorial, we're going to choose a floating bar campaign that allows you to display a floating bar at the top or bottom of your website.
Below that you can select a campaign template by clicking on it.
Next, you'll need to enter a name for your campaign. You can enter any name here and then click the "Start building" button.
This will start the campaign creation interface of OptinMonster with a live preview of your campaign in the right area.
You can just hover over an item in the preview and click to edit, move, or delete it. You can also add new items by clicking the Add Blocks button above.
In this example, we're using an announcement bar that advertises a special offer with a countdown timer to create a FOMO effect.
If you want to see the notification bar at the top, just click the floating settings in the left column and toggle the toggle to move it up.
When you are done with the campaign design and content, go to the Publish tab and change the campaign status to Publish.
Then click the Save button to save your settings and close the campaign generator.
OptinMonster will now lead you to the Output Settings page. Here you can choose where you want to display your campaign.
Then change the visibility status to "Published" and hit the "Save" button to go live with your campaign.
You can now visit your website to see your announcement bar in action.
Method 2: Displaying Announcements in WordPress with Notibar
OptinMonster is a powerful tool with tons of options like integrating email forms, timers, unlimited colors and themes, and powerful controls for targeting.
However, if you just want to quickly view an announcement without using advanced features, you can use this method.
First you have to install and activate the Notibar plugin. For more information, see our step-by-step guide to installing a WordPress plugin.
After activation you need to visit Settings »Notibar Page for configuring the plugin settings, which are started in the Theme Customizer with a live preview.
You can get started by going to the General Options tab and choosing a position, width, and button type for your notification bar.
Then go back and switch to the "Content Options" tab. From here, you can enter whatever content you want to display for your announcement.
The plugin allows you to add various content for mobile devices.
After that, you can go back and switch to the style options. From here you can choose the colors and font size for your announcement bar.
Finally, switch to the Display Options tab and choose where you want to show / hide the contents of your announcement bar.
With the plugin, you can hide it for devices, home pages, pages or posts, or enter a specific post / page ID that doesn't want the notification bar to appear.
When you're done, just hit the "Publish" button above to save your changes and make your announcement bar live.
You can now visit your WordPress blog to see your announcement in action.
We hope this article has helped you learn how to easily view announcements on your WordPress blog. You might also want to read our WordPress conversion tracking guide to see exactly how users interact with your announcements and our comparison of the best WordPress landing page plugins to increase your conversions.
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