WPSubscribers is packed with features. Let me take a deep breath before I list them all here: opt-in popup, in-content opt-in form, header opt-in form, exit popup, HTML exit popup, sidebar widget, Facebook integration, footer bar opt-in form, subscribe on registration, subscribe on commenting, and more!
It’s not clear to me if this plugin is actually developed by some programming geniuses or if they copied code from everywhere and patched it together–but who am I to judge? The plugin does the job and works amazingly!
Moreover, the plugin features, options, and settings seem to reflect real user needs–read more about my thoughts on it and see some screenshots below…
Installation & Ease of Use
While WPSubscribers works pretty well and does what it promises, the installation and ease of use of the plugin aren’t its strongest points.
After you buy WPSubscribers, you will have to activate your license within the plugin admin. You’ll also have to go to the members area of the plugin’s site and specify each site on which you’ll run the plugin. To me, that’s a lot of DRM hassle. ‘thing is, its DRM doesn’t end with activation–the plugin calls its home servers every time you open one of its admin pages, which makes it slow sometimes…
The user interface of the plugin is very messy and busy. Buttons and menus seem to have been randomly placed around the screen. The same goes for in-line documentation and other UI elements.
Support & Documentation
Fortunately, WPSubscribers is backed by solid documentation and support. Great support on top of a reliable functionality makes this plugin a practical solution for anyone who desires to build a mailing list.
The plugin has plenty of instructions inside the plugins admin menu. When you hover over any element, you get a little tooltip bubble that tells you what to do and gives you more details. In addition to that, you’ll find plenty of online tutorials for almost everything the plugin can do.
If there’s still something that’s unclear to you, you can post a comment on WPSubscribers blog posts or contact the developer.
Types of Opt-in Forms
WPSubscribers has the wide range of support for almost all types of opt-in forms. All the forms allow for great flexibility of content–you can even use normal HTML, videos and images in your forms.
The plugin can make popups in a way so good, that it rivals specialized popup plugins, such as Popup Domination. It supports many beautiful templates and each template can be set to one of several colors.
With WPSubscribers you can create exit popups, delayed popups, normal popups and more.
While the footer bar does have nice graphics for submit buttons, it doesn’t support built-in templates as popups. However, you can create your own design just like with popups, header bars, sidebar widgets and other forms.
The header bar is the opposite of the footer bar–it slides down from the top. But it usually takes less space than the footer bar. It’s even less obtrusive.
With WPSubscribers you can also create opt-in forms that get automatically placed either at the top or the bottom of your blog post (depending on your settings).
Custom Form & Sidebar Widget
If you wanna make a form and have total freedom for its placement, you can make a custom opt-in form and insert it in your content with a shortcode, like [wps_custom_form id="0"].
You can see demos of these opt-in forms here.
Design & Built-in Templates
WPSubscribers has plenty of options and settings for its appearance. Whether you’re making a popup, footer bar, header bar, or any other form, you can set the background color, a background image, button color, font size, border color, border style, and more. You’d use these settings if you didn’t want to create your own custom template–WPSubscribers allows you to do that, too!
On top of that, the header bar and popups both are pre-styled, so they look nice even without any user-provided styling. And as said earlier, you can use one of the nice looking popup templates that come with the plugin.
Opt-in Form Options & Settings
Every aspect of each opt-in form that you create with WPSubscribers can be tweaked and adjusted. The location of forms can be tied to a category, the front page, or certain WordPress Pages.
You can also set the opt-in forms so that they are only triggered X number of times within a specified number of days or after a certain number of pageviews.
You can disable forms on specific posts by adjusting the plugin settings from the single post edit screen. And you can enable or disable any form. It also has a smart feature where all forms are is disabled for users who have opted in.
This barely covers the surface of all the tweaks and settings that WPSubscribers allows for. Suffice it to say, the plugin is very customizable and flexible!
Integration with Comments and Registration Forms
WPSubscribers can add an opt-in checkbox to the comment form on your blog and also to the registration form for new users.
The comment form checkbox can be located above or below the comment form, and it can be pre-checked. You can silently subscribe commenters to your newsletter by pre-checking and hiding the checkbox, which is obviously not recommended!
WPSubscribers goes above and beyond basic opt-in forms.
Not Only Opt-Ins
In fact, the plugins popups, footer bar, and header bar can all be used to show announcements and content other than opt-ins. You can remove the “name”, “email” and submit button on all of them.
And when it comes to opt-ins, this plugin just kills it. It has opt-in analytics where you can see reports of the number of opt-ins you have.
And WPSubscribers can also be integrated with Facebook so that your readers don’t even have to fill-in their name and email. They just click on the Facebook button and their Facebook name and email get retrieved and added to your WordPress database.
Other cool features in WPSubscribers include referral opt-in and optin-protected-content. Referral opt-in is designed to reward your subscribers when they refer others who also opt-in to your newsletter. The reward is bonus points. It’s up to you to exchange those points for whatever you want to give to your subscribers–maybe extra freebies?
The optin-protected-content is also an interesting feature. You basically wrap some content in [wps_hide id="0"] and [/wps_hide] and readers will not be able to view the content before opting in.
WPSubscribers has two licenses: the Triple License ($47) and the Unlimited License ($97). Both entitle you to life time updates and support. The Triple License allows for use on up to three websites, while the Unlimited License is fully unrestricted.
The plugin is also backed by an unconditional 60-day money back guarantee. If, for example, you felt short on cash within the 60-days of ordering the plugin, you can request the funds to be deposited back into your bank account.