A widget is a component that adds certain functions to a site. Widgets are embedded directly on the site. To add a widget to a resource, you need to copy and paste the code provided by the developer.
Why do websites need widgets?
Sites can work without widgets, but they are needed to add additional functionality to the site.
Site builders and CMS provide limited options. Widgets can compensate for the disadvantages of these platforms.
I have compiled a list of the top 10 widgets that will make your WordPress website more functional:
Reservio is a widget for online recording. Adding a Reservio reservation button to a website is much easier than making appointments by phone.
Reservio syncs with programs such as Outlook, iCal, and Google Calendar. The widget is also compatible with the popular website and CMS designers: Wix, Webnode, Weebly and WordPress.
Smartsupp is designed to add online chat to the site. It is ideal for those who run an online store. The widget allows customers to quickly contact you on any matter of interest to them.
Adding personalized communication methods to your site will increase your conversion rates in the long run. Online chat increases the average cost of an order by 10% and conversion by 40%.
Disqus expands the possibilities of commenting on publications on the site. It also provides additional tools for monitoring and responding to comments.
To promote the site you need to use effective ways to attract users. For example, involve registered users of the site. Encourage them to share your content with friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances on social networks.
The AddThis widget makes this easy. He adds the “Share” button to the site, with which you can connect more than 200 social media. All buttons are optimized for mobile devices.
Available options for customizing buttons:
- Change the appearance of buttons.
- Resize buttons.
- Placement of icons as a string.
Using the Survio widget, you can create a new survey in just a few minutes and integrate it into your site. This is an effective way to get additional information from site visitors.
This widget provides hundreds of survey templates to choose from. Here are just a few of them:
- Brand recognition.
- Purchase experience.
- Technical support.
- Event planning.
- Bank customer survey.
- Hotel guests.
- Customer service delivery.
If you use the MailChimp service for electronic newsletters, be sure to install the registration form widget from MailChimp on the site. To do this, just copy and paste the form code in the desired dream HTML site markup.
MailChimp offers four kinds of forms:
- No style.
The widget is compatible with platforms such as WordPress, Jimdo, Webs, Weebly, Yola, Blogger and Blogspot.
GetResponse is another popular email marketing service. But besides this, it provides a standard widget for posting a subscription form on the site.
In addition, GetResponse provides a feedback widget that you can use to create custom contact forms. As well as a widget for conducting various surveys. For instance:
- Surveys when refusing a purchase.
- Customer Satisfaction Survey
- Surveys for market research.
This widget can integrate with MailChimp, Mailer and HubSpot.
Gumroad was created specifically for those who use their website to sell digital goods or services.
Installing it is very simple. All I did was type “Buy on Quick Sprout” in the form field and the button automatically changed. Then you need to decide.
After that, the widget code is automatically generated based on the settings used. It will need to be copied and pasted onto your website.
Payment processing using this widget will cost 3.5% + 0.30 US dollars per transaction.
How can site visitors find the right content or product? This problem can be solved by adding the Swiftype search bar widget to the site. It is used by companies such as CBS, AOL, BMW, AT&T and Samsung.
The principle of operation of this widget is extremely simple. After specifying the website address, Swiftype will index all its content and create a search engine.
This widget has an autocomplete function as the user enters his search query. Also, this widget adjusts the search depending on the price, location, date or type of content.
Wufoo is a widget for creating surveys, invitations, contact forms, a registration form and providing payment information.
All you need to do is create a form using a special form designer and paste it into your website. After the user completes the form, Wufoo will notify you by email or text message.
Over 400 form templates are available. You can also set custom parameters and create dynamic visualizations using charts and graphs.
You can significantly improve your site by adding this or that widget.
There are a large number of widgets. But the ones listed above are distinguished by the flexibility of installation, ease of installation and wide functionality.
I am sure that in the above list there is a useful widget for everyone.