As many of you know, I test a lot of plugins. Most of the plugins that I have published reviews of in the past are of the free variety. It’s not that I don’t like commercial plugins. On the contrary, there are a lot of good commercial plugins out there. One of those that is definitely worth a look is OptinBar.
Optinbar is a premium wordpress plug-in that allows you to display an elegant and professional email list opt-in form on your site. 11 very sharp and professional themes/templates are included, with 5 button styles and 13 button colors. You can modify, mix and match, and the combinations are endless.
Building a list can be critical for blogging success, and OptinBar makes the process of setting up an opt-in form or modal very easy, and IMO, very effective.
Easy customization makes this premium plugin very flexible. With its built-in WYSIWYG editor you can change color, position, and much more. All from with-in your WordPress admin panel.
OptinBar is compatible with all the major email marketing services. simply paste in your form code, click save, and you’re good to go! But you do not have to be using an email marketing service. If you have your own list system, it can be just as easily integrated.
The OptinBar web site has demos available of all of the forms that are included in the plugin. There is also a “lite” version available for free so you can try it out. But I recommend you just go with the full version. I bought a copy to use on a couple different sites, and I am quite happy with it.
Tony Lea, the developer of OptinBar, provides good support for the plugin. I had some initial difficulties (that actually turned out to be something on my end) and he was not only very responsive in a timely manner, he also was very conscientious about quality control. That’s something you definitely want to see in a commercial plugin developer!
So, based on its professional look, the full featured admin panel, and top-tier support, you can add OptinBar to the list of recommended plugins.
UPDATE: Please consider my current recommendation of OptinBar on hold. I still think it’s a great plugin. However, I’ve had some feedback from users on support issues not being followed up on.
I emailed Tony Lea a few days ago and haven’t heard back. So I have posted a support ticket as well. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt here because he was responsive in the past, so I will give him some time to respond. But if he is no longer supporting the plugin, I will need to withdraw my recommendation.