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Best WordPress PopUp Plugin

Converting website visitors into email subscribers and paying customers is the main goal of all businesses. Did you know that more than 70% of people visiting your website will probably never come back again unless you offer them a chance to subscribe. This is where a WordPress popup plugins and lead generation tools come in handy. Considering there are tons of great WordPress lead generation plugins in the market, we have decided to compare the top ones to determine which is the best WordPress popup plugin overall.

The Problem With WordPress Popup Plugins

There are so many WordPress popup plugins available both free and paid. The main problem with most popup plugins is that they can become very annoying for users. This has a negative impact on user experience.

Another common problem with popup plugins is that they can slow down your website. Some take too much time to load while others are very resource intensive on your servers resulting in a slow page load time which negatively affects your SEO.

The main purpose of using a popup plugin is to generate leads and boost your email list subscribers. Many popup plugins fail to do that properly because they don’t have the right balance of features and functionality.

Last but not the least, some of these popup plugins aren’t very easy to use. Setting them up is not easy for an average WordPress user.

So how do you go through hundreds of popup plugins and find the best one for your needs? Well you don’t have to. We did the research for you and below are our results for the best WordPress popup plugin.

The Contenders for the Best WordPress Popup

To keep things simple, we are only going to compare the 4 most popular WordPress popup plugins in the market today.

We decided to try them out and run performance tests to see how each of them perform on a test website. The criteria we looked for in our comparison are: speed, ease of use, aesthetic appeal, and features.

The contenders for the best WordPress popup plugin are:

Let’s take a look at how each of those performed during our tests.

Speed

Speed is an important factor to consider whenever you are adding something new to your WordPress site. A faster website not only ranks higher on search engines, but it also offers a better user experience for the visitors. This is why it is #1 priority in our comparison.

We added a default popup for each plugin with minimum customization and set them to appear on the page load. This is how they each stacked up for speed.

As you can see in the test above, OptinMonster was the fastest loading WordPress popup plugin.

The reason for this is because OptinMonster is highly optimized for speed. It uses the powerful Amazon cloud infrastructure to minimize your server load thus producing the best performance.

OptinMonster

You want to give users multiple chances to sign up. OptinMonster comes with multiple optin types that you can place on different locations on your landing pages and throughout your website. It supports the following optin types:

  • Lightbox popup
  • After post / inline
  • Floating bar
  • Slide in
  • Mobile Optins
  • Sidebar Optin
  • Fullscreen takeover (Welcome Gates)
  • Canvas
  • MonsterLinks

One of the features that OptinMonster became famous for was their signature Exit-Intent® technology. This means that your popup only appears when a user is about to leave your website.

MonsterLinks is a lightbox popup that can be embedded into any ordinary link or a button. The lightbox popup appears when a user clicks on a call to action button or a link.

OptinMonster allows you to design your own optin forms using their visual designer. You can choose fonts, colors, add your images, and choose from multiple ready to use templates. This gives you to create very powerful, completely brandable, and stunning optin forms for your website.

Apart from that you can get detailed analytics on how each of your optin is performing. OptinMonster is a certified Google Analytics partner, and it integrates directly with your Google Analytics account to provide you with the most accurate analytics.

You can run A/B tests to see which optin types are bringing you the most subscribers, and use highly customized page level targeting to show custom optins based on which page the user is on.

Most importantly, OptinMonster works on all websites not just WordPress sites. This is a huge advantage if you run multiple sites on different platforms or want to start a few in the future.

Last but not least, OptinMonster comes with a Canvas feature which allows you to create any type of popups (not just email capture). You can add custom HTML / CSS or use WordPress shortcodes. Think outside the box: related post popups, related WooCommerce popups, contact form popups, contest popups, and more.

Bloom

Bloom comes with multiple optin types.

  • Automatic lightbox popup
  • Sidebar Optin
  • Slide in Optin
  • Below post/Inline Optin
  • Signin to Unlock

Bloom does not have exit-intent technology. Instead it uses the standard timed delay to display automatic popups. Now the problem is that studies have shown us that users usually decide whether they want to stay or leave a website in the very first few seconds. If your optin is set to display too late, then the user is probably already gone. If it’s set to display too early, then this will annoy the user and they will leave.

Bloom does have a locked content functionality that requires users to enter their email to unlock the content which can be very effective.

Bloom comes with a lot of ready to use templates that you can customize to use your own images and fonts. They do not have a visual customizer, so you can’t see the changes you make without clicking on the preview button.

ThriveLeads

Just like Bloom and OptinMonster, ThriveLeads also comes with multiple optin types.

  • Automated Lightbox Popup
  • Sidebar Forms
  • Slide in forms
  • In Content Forms
  • Post footer form
  • Content Locking Optin
  • Fullscreen Optins

Thriveleads has a lot of similar features to OptinMonster. It even has exit intent technology for popups.

Bloom does have a locked content functionality that requires users to enter their email to unlock the content which can be very effective.

Bloom comes with a lot of ready to use templates that you can customize to use your own images and fonts. They do not have a visual customizer, so you can’t see the changes you make without clicking on the preview button.

ThriveLeads

Just like Bloom and OptinMonster, ThriveLeads also comes with multiple optin types.

  • Automated Lightbox Popup
  • Sidebar Forms
  • Slide in forms
  • In Content Forms
  • Post footer form
  • Content Locking Optin
  • Fullscreen Optins

Thriveleads has a lot of similar features to OptinMonster. It even has exit intent technology for popups.

Updated: September 16, 2017 — 3:51 pm

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