How to add a popup, modal, or content overlay in WordPress
Okay, it’s been a while since I shared a WordPress tutorial, and today’s your lucky day.
Of all the many questions posed on a weekly basis from various prospects and customers with WordPress websites, the question of how difficult it is to create a popup, modal, or content overlay is quite frequent.
Many are focused on their line of business and not so much the technical experts of the ins and outs of their website. That said, the creation of popups, modals and content overlays in WordPress might as well be rocket science.
And although it’s not my first time around the block providing this type of WordPress solution for those that desire functionality for their website, I’ll share with you two WordPress plugins I’ve started using on more and more projects.
First things first, my previous tutorials about WP Popup Plugin are still somewhat valid, yet I do recommend the new approach I’ll soon share in the next sections of this tutorial.
- One action small business websites fail at and shouldn’t (Part I)
- WP Popup Plugin — Part II
- Adding An Image to WP Popup Plugin — Part III (covers PopUp Domination plugin too)
- How to Email a Lead Magnet Using Mailchimp (covers OptIn Monster’s plugin)
While there are a growing number of popup, modal, and content overlays, the following selections are ones I’ve had the most success with customers based on affordability and ease of use.
Popups with Boxzilla
The Boxzilla plugin for WordPress is a bit deceiving because it offers great versatility and flexibility to create more than just popups.
In short, Boxzilla allows for boxes of ANY sizes to contain ANY content your mind could ever imagine and heart ever desire.
While many popup plugins are overloaded with logic that leaves one head spinning, Boxzilla offers human readable and under stable features with an experience of easy click and point customization.
In fact, I used Boxzilla combined with Contact Form 7 for our church’s Community Group card. We simply create a digital version of the physical card we receive from attendees each week, extending our experience from beyond the four walls of the facility into the reach of the world wide web.
Watch and learn how easy it was to create a clickable, scrollable, or time-based popup, modal, or content overlay using Boxzilla.
Popups, Modals, or Content Overlays with Popup Maker
Much like Boxzilla, the Popup Maker plugin for WordPress is very much deceiving and its name doesn’t do it in justice for all it offers.
Most people often think of popups as the annoying email or newsletter subscription. And while most popups online these days reflect such a behavior, Popup Maker does that and MORE!
What I like most about Popup Maker is the fact that it integrates with a number of email and newsletter marketing providers (i.e., MailChimp, Constant Contact, Aweber, etc.) unlike Boxzilla — although it’s easy to copy and paste form from aforementioned providers into a Boxzilla popup.
Another big upside is Popup Maker offers the ability to comply to GDPR — General Data Protection Regulation policy — and easily create EU cookie notices for websites.
In addition, I love the that Popup Maker provides a blog and useful guides for learning popup tips and tricks.
While I could drone on and on about the versatility of Popup Maker plugin, watch my latest tutorial video where I share how easy it is to integrate the best WordPress popup plugin into your website.