Notification bars are the narrow strips that appear at the top of the screen. Generally they carry important announcements or messages, and a quick Call To Action button. They can be used for many purposes – recruiting new subscribers to a mailing list, offering discounts or linking to important content. They can be very effective in directing traffic to a specific page and thereby increase conversions. If your website is built with WordPress, you’ll be glad of the number of WordPress Notification plugins that make your task of creating and managing notifications rather easy.
Many webmasters like to use popups to direct attention to any important announcement or offer. However, many readers find them to be a nuisance, and shut them down immediately. Google too, does not take kindly to popups. And this is where a notification bar scores – it’s not intrusive, at the same time it helps to grab a reader’s attention. Notification bars do not obstruct the viewing area and are more user friendly than popups. Many of them work just fine on mobiles as well.
This post is a collection of many helpful notification plugins, both free and premium for use on your WordPress website. Some of these plugins work by adding a bar to your website. Most are accompanied by Call to Action buttons as well. A few plugins on this list are designed to manage notification emails sent out from your WordPress.
Let’s start with the free plugins,
Free WordPress Notification Plugins
There are a number of free plugins that help you add a notification bar, not just at the top of your screen, but even at the bottom. Many of them offer a few customization options and an option to upgrade to a premium version.
On thing to not is that you can also send push notifications using WordPress. More on push notifications you will find on this video:
WPFront Notification Bar
A great feature included in the plugin is the ability to process shortcodes. So, all that you have to do to create a custom notification bar is add a shortcode to the page. Shortcodes also make it easy to position the notification bar at the top or bottom of a page or post. The bar can be customized to a great extent. The height, the timing for the appearance of the bar, and the seconds before auto close can be adjusted. You can add a close / re-open button and change the color of the bar to merge with your brand. Besides, you can choose the user roles for which the bar is to display.More info / Download
Better Notifications For WordPress
Better Notifications for WordPress is a good fit if you want to alert hundreds of subscribers about new posts,or notify your team about posts or comments, issue security and other alerts. It allows you to customize the default email notifications that WordPress sends out. For instance, you can add a logo to the alerts sent out by an Editor. You can customize using the WYSIWYG editor and shortcodes. The plugin works fine out of the box for most alerts, but a few tweaks here and there can ensure 100% compatibility.
By default, WordPress sends out emails in plain text. If you wish, you can change this format to HTML. But be aware that this may affect they way other plugins send out mails from your WordPress. You can set the plugin to send out mails only to individual users, multiple users, all users in a specific user role or multiple roles.
Premium add-ons add a bunch of capabilities when it comes to notifications – reminders, sending to non WordPress users, conditional notifications, custom fields and site wide settings override options.More info / Download
WP Notification Bars
WP Notification Bars is available both as a free and a premium plugin. The free version allows you to create any number of notification bars with shortcode for Call to Action to posts, pages and homepage. You can choose the location where you want the notification bar to display.You also get to choose the size of fonts and the color of the bar. Another helpful feature is that the bar can be displayed only to some referrers or only to search engine visitors such as Google or Facebook, and not to others.
The premium version of the plugin will set you back by $29 and offers features like email opt-ins, social follow buttons, countdown timers, post feeds and search forms. It also helps the notification bars to target specific posts. WP Notification Bar is translation ready and is a good option for marketing promotions, alerts, increasing click throughs to other pages and much more.More info / Download
There’s a reason that Hello Bar is quite popular – it helps increase your conversion by linking directly to items of interest, collecting emails for product updates / newsletters or increasing social network interaction. What’s more, it does all this without needing any coding skills on your part. To use Hello Bar, you’ll need to visit their website, use a cloud based tool to create and customize your notification bar and then paste the generated code into the plugin. The Hello Bar helps promote your content with Facebook, Buffer, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus, and Twitter.
One of the best things about Hello Bar is it’s clean user interface that helps users to create and customize their notification bar. It offers a number of settings that you can adjust – email addresses, social media and A/B testing. Almost everything can be personalized and you can select the pages on which the bar is to display. It’s a great fit for time sensitive campaigns, as it includes a field for the date range.
Before you pick this service, you need to be aware that their free plan rather restricts the number of interactions. Further, your bars will carry the Hello Bar branding. For increasing the number of interactions and to remove branding, you’ll have to go with the paid plans.More info / Download
WordPress Notification Bar
WordPress Notification Bar is yet another free plugin to add notification bars to your website. Working from an intuitive interface, you can build custom notification bars that blend in with your theme. With the bar in place, you can proceed to add custom messages or Call to Action buttons, and make it sticky as well if you wish.
While the plugin offers only limited features, it can fulfill basic usage needs and it does support multiple languages and multisites. For customization beyond color and appearance, you’ll need to purchase the premium plugin. This version lets you add multiple notification bars and capture email leads. It supports Google fonts and allows you to add custom countdown and social media icons.More info / Download
Manage Notification Emails
Manage Notification Emails is not the typical notification plugin that adds a bar to your website. Instead, it’s a simple plugin that allows you to turn on and off the numerous WordPress notifications. For instance the notifications to change username and password that WordPress sends out to the Administrator and users. It works with most other WordPress plugins.
Right after activating the plugin, you can visit the settings page and enable or disable notifications as per your requirement. Some of the the notifications that you can turn on or off are New user notification to admin, notifying Post author, notifying moderator and forgotten password notification to user or to administrator.More info / Download
Top Bar is right down simple and easy to use. It’s a straightforward plugin that adds a clean notification bar to your website. Just install the plugin, activate it and select the colors and visibility options. Then add the message and the text that goes into the button. Save all your settings, and right away you’ll have a notification at the top of the screen on your website.
Top Bar is a no frills, no fuss plugin that does the job adding a bar efficiently. If you’re looking for additional functions like collecting emails, this is not for you. But if all that you need is a clean bar at the top in a jiffy, then go for this plugin.More info / Download
Easy Heads Up Bar
The Easy Heads Up Bar allows you to add multiple bars. And these bars show up in random order on your screen. You can choose to show the bars on any page or post and also set a start and end date for the bars. There’s no limit on the height of the bar, and it automatically fits your content. Its possible to customize colors and add images to the bar. You can add as much text or as many links to the bar, and also use another plugin’s shortcode with it.
The bar can be placed at the top or bottom, however making it sticky is possible only by using a bit of CSS within your theme. Users can decide whether to show or hide the bar. You can manage the bar using the Bar management screen, working form a Bar Editor.More info / Download
Notification Bar For WordPress
Notification Bar For WordPress is a responsive and feature rich plugin that helps you add customized notification bars to your website. The bar can be placed either in the footer or the header region or on either side. You can customize the colors of the fonts and the background, adjust font settings and add animation effect to display while scrolling.
The notification can display in normal text, subscribe form, slider or ticker. From the backend you can enable users to dismiss the bar. The plugin is responsive and user friendly.More info / Download
Some More Free Plugins:
The plugins below may help you if you have a need to display or send out with specific notifications,
- Slack is a good fit if you wish to send notifications to Slack channels when any WordPress event occurs, in addition to the default notifications.
- Comment Approved lets you send out customizable emails to any person who has left a comment that his comment is approved. Can be useful on a blog that receives hundreds of comments.
- Comment Reply Email Notification will inform a comment author via email whenever someone responds to his comments. Can be useful in a comment heavy blog or for communities, forums and social networks.
Premium WordPress Notification Plugins
When it comes to notifications for WordPress, you’ll find a number of plugins that are truly feature rich and offer premium support.
With over 30 options to customize your ‘Foobars’, this plugin allows you to show the latest tweets in your notification bar. You can place it at the top or bottom of any page and even add different notifications for different pages or posts. You can add any number of bars to your site and rebrand them using plugin settings in the dashboard. The bar can contain HTML or even any shortcode from your theme, and can handle social profiles and RSS feeds.
If you need to get across multiple announcements, you’ll be glad that Foobar supports multiple messages. You can reorder these messages simply by drag and drop. The inline admin demo feature allows you to preview any changes to the notification bar at the WordPress backend. This way you can view the changes before you save them. Once you make a payment of $9, you can add any number of bars to your site.More info / Purchase
There’s a lot you can do with the Announcement Bar besides building beautiful notification bars. It supports many advanced features. A single bar can hold multiple messages, and you can set the messages to roll at specific time intervals. Effectively, you get to show all your announcements at the same place, one at a time. Besides, you can schedule appointments for specific time and dates. By adding a More Content option, you can lead the visitor to hidden content.
When it comes to customization, you’ll find a choice of ten colors, five types of fonts, and three text alignments.
There are also many design presets that you can pick from.The bars can display at the top, bottom, in line with content, or in any widget area. On scrolling, the bar can remain fixed or slide / fade in and out.
As the plugin is compatible with WooCommerce, you can promote products from your online store. Further, it’s responsive as well as retina ready.
Superbar is a feature filled plugin that allows you to do a great many things within the top bar. It allows you to add multiple bars at the top and customize it for color and text. You can split the bar into columns, display videos with attractive thumbnails and include a countdown timer.
It’s also possible to make the bar searchable and add a Recent Posts Slider with option to show title, thumbnail or Read More. If you integrate the login form, it displays the user details while they are logged in. From this space, you can even redirect users after login. The text within the bar can be formatted, by altering the sliding effect, time and pause time. The logo option allows you to upload a logo as well as add a link to it. Use the bar to display custom messages, latest tweets from your Twitter account, Flickr feeds with sliding effect and social icons. The plugin supports HTML tags and is compatible with most major browsers.More info / Purchase
Emoji Top Bar
Emoji Top Bar is a new plugin to hit the market and is a little different from the others in that it allows you to add emojis to the top bar, so you can convey news in an expressive way. You can choose from among 1445 emojis. The plugin is responsive and is customizable with a Live builder.
The plugin comes with a smart visibility filter with which it’s possible to show or hide the bar on the basis of ID, page title or slug. Visitors can also have an option to close the bar, and you can pick the time interval by which the bar is to reappear. The preview feature will help you see how the bar will appear before you can save the changes. If you like you can save the template for the top bar by exporting it in JSON format. And while it allows external HTML tags, they are not supported by the plugin.More info / Purchase
Infobar is a suitable optin for adding different infobars on different pages of the same website, so you can create unlimited campaigns at the same time. If visitors find the bar distracting, they can minimize or close the bar. It’s easy to create the notification bars using the Visual Editor. Moreover, it’s possible to preview your infobars even as you make changes.
The plugin is highly customizable allowing you to change background gradients, add images and choose colors. If you do not wish to customize, you can also pick from one of 24 highly converting templates. Infobar included 13 Font Awesome animations to catch the visitor’s eye, as well as 60 high definition icons, including Twitter and Facebook logos.
You can track your infobars for click through rates to optimize conversion. The plugin comes with a fully featured analytics and split testing panel to help you find out what works best for your site. It helps you target display to certain visitors, pages, times or time intervals.More info / Purchase
To Wrap Up
Notification Bars offer a non intrusive way to share important news or announcements with your reader. And with so many quality plugins that can help you with the task, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t try them out.
And if you’ve used any top class plugin that’s not on this list, do share it with us in the Comments below.