Just a quick piece of advice here. A WordPress plugin called What Would Seth Godin Do is a fairly popular one. It’s simple and does its job well, probably the main reasons for its popularity. If you’re not familiar with the main idea, it’s about distinguishing new and returning visitors to your site, and showing them a custom welcome message. And the plugin does just that. It enables you to set such a custom message.
Now the most obvious message you can display to a new visitor is something along the lines of “hey, subscribe to my RSS feed,” … well, probably something written a little better.
Most people who use this plugin spend some time on tweaking the copy of the message to use the right language and convey the right information, BUT not many people focus on the design of the message itself, so they stick to the default – seriously ugly one.
Just to show you what I mean, this is what the default message box looks like:
… not much to talk about.
This is what my message looks like:
So here’s my short piece of advice. If you’re using the WWSGD plugin and you want a cool message box feel free to use this code when setting the plugin up:
<div style=" background:url(http://domain.com/RSSICON.png) no-repeat scroll 15px 15px #FFEA97; border: 1px solid #E2B500; color: #776100; -moz-border-radius: 6px 6px 6px 6px; -moz-box-shadow: 1px 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.4); font-size: 13px; line-height: 24px; font-weight: normal; font-family: Arial; margin-bottom: 30px; padding: 15px 15px 15px 80px; position: relative; width: 500px;">YOUR MESSAGE</div>
By the way, you can get the plugin here: What Would Seth Godin Do.
Finally, what do you think about the idea itself? Do you find the practice of displaying custom messages to new and returning visitors valuable?