12 Super Useful WordPress Widgets To Extend Your Website In 2019

Posted by Colin Newcomer on November 9th, 2018

When you want an easy way to add functionality to your WordPress site, WordPress widgets are there to the rescue!

Without requiring any special knowledge, WordPress widgets let you add all kinds of cool functionality to various parts of your WordPress site. From a list of your most popular posts to a survey of your visitors, there’s a widget that can do it for you.

In this post, we’re going to cover all types of widgets that you can use with your WordPress site, including:

  • Dedicated WordPress widgets that you can use via your theme’s widget areas (like your sidebar, and sometimes your footer)
  • Generic widgets that you can use to add content to other areas of your WordPress site, like a notification bar or a slide-in.

And as a bonus, you can also use many of these widgets with a page builder plugin like Elementor or SiteOrigin for even more flexibility.

Basically, widgets aren’t just for sidebars anymore! You’ll be able to put helpful widgets pretty much anywhere on your WordPress site.

Let’s dive into the 12 best WordPress widgets in 2019.

7 Ways Surveys Can Change the Game for Your Business

Posted by Meredith Wood on November 6th, 2018

Smart business owners know that customers and non-customers can be a source of vital feedback on their products, branding, customer service, and more. Though your business’s Yelp page or social media replies can be a helpful source of feedback, customers rarely use those platforms to offer focused feedback on specific aspects of your company’s operations. That’s where surveys come in handy.

Talking directly to your customers or target market can be invaluable for your business. When designed and disseminated effectively, even the simplest surveys can add a lot of value and used in a number of ways.

If you haven’t started using surveys to speak to your customers, here’s why you should start:

Example of a brand lift survey conducted on FacebookBrand lift survey conducted on Facebook

How to add a cookie banner to your website: no code required (with examples!)

Posted by Colin Newcomer on October 2nd, 2018

You've probably noticed how it seems like every single website you visit nowadays includes some notification about using cookies. Now you might be wondering...does my site need one of those cookie consent notices? And if so, how can I actually create a cookie banner for my site?

The answer to the first question is "probably". And as for the second question, that's what this post is all about!

In the rest of this post, you'll get a quick primer on whether or not your site actually needs a cookie consent banner. Then, we'll share a step-by-step tutorial for how you can use a free tool to create a cookie consent banner for your site without needing to have any special knowledge.

If your website receives visitors from the European Union, you probably need a cookie consent banner if you want to stay on the good side of European Union regulations.

Originally adopted in 2011 and expanded with the GDPR in 2018, the European Union's rules on cookies essentially require that you get "clear, informed consent" from visitors in order to use cookies that track user data.

That's technically not every single website, but with the popularity of tools like Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel, social media share buttons, and others, there's a fairly good chance that your website uses at least some tracking cookies.

So in practice, most sites that receive visitors from the European Union need a cookie consent banner. And in this global world, that's most sites - period.

So...long story short...you probably need a cookie consent banner if you want to comply with the European Union's regulations!

8 ways to collect customer feedback on any website using GetSiteControl widgets

Posted by Nina De la Cruz on September 17th, 2018

Customer feedback is crucial. It helps reduce the guesswork and optimize the customer journey – which in its turn can increase your revenue by up to 15% according to McKinsey research.

Yet, many website owners are still reluctant to start collecting customer feedback. Some believe it’s pointless because too few people respond to feedback requests anyway. Others are only interested in the opinion of those who have converted. (But how do you find out why some people didn’t convert if you never ask?). Finally, there are entrepreneurs who fear that collecting feedback may be technically challenging.

The truth is, with no-code apps like GetSiteControl, interacting with website visitors becomes super-easy even for non-techies. You can add surveys and contact forms to the most important pages of your website – those, where you know a potential customer is supposed to make the decision. And once you start engaging with the audience at earlier stages of the funnel, even if just few of them care to respond, you’ll already get a better idea on which step might be the bottleneck.

So why wait?

In this post, we’ll show you how to easily collect customer feedback with zero coding knowledge, and provide a few examples of feedback widgets installed on real websites that will hopefully inspire you for creating one.

8 ways to collect customer feedback on any website using GetSiteControl widgets

To start using GetSiteControl widgets, all you need is install the freemium plugin from the WordPress repository if your website is on WordPress.

And if you’re using any other platform, simply copy and paste a tiny code snippet to the code of your website. Don’t worry, you don’t have to understand coding, it’s a basic Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V action. Here is a short four-step instruction on how to do it in less than 2 minutes.

Now that we’ve sorted that out, here are 8 ideas on how to use website feedback widgets to learn what your audience thinks and wants.