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    Greet your Blog visitors using WP Greet Box wordpress plugin


    I have found a new WordPress plugin called WP Greet Box. I am found it really interesting and am impressed with this plugin. I am going to first introduce you to WP Greet Box and will give my review!

    What is WP Greet Box?

    This is a WordPress plugin which show a different greeting messages to your new visitors depending on their referrer URL.

    Below are Few examples of WP Greet Box

    If visitor arrives to the post from Google search engine, they will see a message asking to subscribe to the RSS feed if they liked the post. The plugin will also show posts based on the search keyword used in google search engine.

    If a visitor arrives from Twitter, they will see a message suggesting them to twit the post and follow you on Twitter.

    You can also set a default greeting message for new visitors (not matching any referrer URLs) suggesting them to subscribe to your RSS feed.

    These greetings helps the visitor with the suggestions and reader interaction.

    WP Greet Box Screenshot

    WP Greet Box - Greeting Message

    WP Greet Box Features

    • Show a different greeting message to your visitor depending on the referrer URL. You can add/edit/delete/disable these greeting messages as you choose.
    • Greeting messages automatically get inserted into the top of your posts upon activation. There is no need to modify theme files.
    • Ability to auto-insert greeting message to the top or bottom of the post.
    • Greeting messages can be user closeable or not.
    • Ability to detect the visitor’s search keywords from major search engines and automatically display related posts under the greeting message.
    • Show a default greeting message even if the visitor does not match any of your configured referrer URL.
    • Show a default greeting message even if the visitor does not have JavaScript enabled.
    • AJAX greeting message in the frontend makes it compatible with caching plugins (such as WP Super Cache) and WPMU.
    • AJAX administrative interface that uses nonce verification to discourage hackers.
    • Ability to set a timeout to forget a visitor so we do not keep nagging them with greeting messages.
    • Ability to set rules to exclude some referrer URLs from seeing greeting messages. Regular expressions is also supported (but not required!).
    • Ultra customizable greeting message box (with CSS) allowing you to prefix/append HTML around the greeting message box.
    • Currently the following referrers are installed by default, but you can easily create your own if your favorite referrer is not on the list!
      • blinklist.com
      • blogmarks.com
      • del.icio.us
      • delicious.com
      • digg.com
      • diigo.com
      • facebook.com
      • flickr.com
      • furl.com
      • google.*
      • ma.gnolia.com
      • mister-wong.com
      • myspace.com
      • netvibes.com
      • newsvine.com
      • reddit.com
      • search.live.com
      • search.msn.com
      • search.yahoo.com
      • simpy.com
      • stumbleupon.com
      • technorati.com
      • twitter.com
      • youtube.com

    My review on WP Greet Box

    You can download the from WordPress Plugin directory. I use WP Easy Uploader Plugin to download and upload the plugin on my blog from WordPress Admin itself.

    There are no hassles for installing the plugin. It is pretty simple.

    Upon activating the plugin, just go to Settings -> WP Greet Box. You will see list of referrers that are inbuilt with the plugin. If you don’t find a particular referrer then, you can add new referrers to the blog. you can also edit or delete referrers to your blog. Not only this, you can also activate or deactivate each referrer individually.

    One more thing i liked and would like to mention here is the ability to display related posts. If the visitor visits the blog from any search engine, then along with the greet message you will see related posts for a query based on the search keyword used.

    This is a WordPress Plugin developed by Thaya Kareeson from OMNINOGGIN.

    Check more about this Plugin at WP Greet Box Official Plugin page

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    26 Comments

    1. Great review, I never heard about this plugin before. I think I’ll give it a try. Thanks for sharing

    2. TechZoomIn says:

      Seen this some where before Nihar. Even i used it for some days and deactivated due to page loading issues.

      Good plugin really.Good finding.

    3. Read 2 Know says:

      All I can say is ‘Amazing’. I will definitely use it. Thanks for sharing it buddy! Njoyed it. πŸ™‚

    4. Thank you for reviewing my plugin! I glad you’ve found it useful enough to write a review about it. Please let me know if you have any suggestions/feature requests.

    5. Nihar says:

      @Best CSS Gallery & @Read 2 Know, Thanks and hope you use it and find it useful.

      @binary day, Thanks for stumbling!

    6. Great find! I like how many referring sites it can handle. Very useful.

    7. Yea it is a very sweet plugin….I was actually coding a version in php (http://thenexus.tk/hello-visitor-the-quest-to-greet/) as it was faster…less script slowdowns being caused…and cache-able! but I never did finish! soon my pretty soon! but yea it is a good plugin!

      • Thanks for the compliment!

        I have intentionally coded it to use JS because I don’t want it to be cacheable. The main reason is the following scenario.

        Your first visitor visits from Google and the message is cached saying “Hello Google visitor”. The next visitor comes from Yahoo and the message will still say “Hello Google visitor”. It is something you definitely do not want to be cacheable.

        • Nihar says:

          @Thaya Kareeson, Thanks for dropping by.

          @Donace, I checked your code. it is simple and good. I agree with Thaya about caching issue if PHP is used.

          I would like doncha (author of WP Super Cache plugin) to add a functionality where some part of php code is executed irrespective of caching is enabled or not.

          Is it possible?

          • @Nihar
            You’re welcome!

            Personally, I believe the bulk of the complicated WP Greet Box is due to its admin interface. If you strip it down and look at only how the greeting message is displayed, it is quite simple.

            I’ve chatted with Donncha here and there and with Super Cache mode fully enabled, there really is no way to make something partially dynamic unless you use javascript. This is because WPSC saves a copy of the file and uses .htaccess settings to redirect the vistor to the static page right away. There is absolutely no PHP hit.

            With WPSC half on, there is some PHP hit in the beginning where .htaccess redirect is skipped and the PHP code tries to figure out which static file to serve to the visitor. You might be able to get away with part of the page being dynamic with half on but I’m not quite sure how to implement such a thing.

            • Nihar says:

              Hmm… I have a php piece of code for GEO Targetting which i want to use with WPSC caching it. But unable to achieve it and finally using java script.

              • Hey Thaya, I think we had this conversation before on wp-recipes :p

                But yea using a little of .htaccess trickery you can ‘serve’ a php file that thinks it s a .js file :p

                Been playing around with a few months ago and seems to work well with supercache (i.e. does not cache!)

                To bypass this so to get the benefit of cache; I have tried to setup an ‘internal’ cache method for the ‘box’ so google/yahoo/SM etc, versions of the page are cached.

                SO what it does is Visitor comes on site -> check referrer, if ref = custom message then check for cached version if cache = yes display otherwise create cache while displaying the php version. If ref = N/A etc display default greet cached version of page.

                Downside of this would mean ALOT more cached version of the same page for each unique referrer. Though could be very nice when SM does hit your site.

                I was looking at the supercache code but its way to technical for my current standing so i’m just trying to make the php code work nice with supercahce at mo…which is just rial and error and error and error

    8. Is this plugin by chance based on the Landing Sites plugin?

      In my case, I used the landing sites source code and created my own greetings plugin. I use this in single posts and homepage to greet search visitors mainly and to pass on specific messages.

      These plugins are based on the HTTP_REFERRER global var and sometimes can slowdown the page rendering based on their parsing logic and number of referrer’s included. But definitely, it’s a handy thing.

      • This plugin is not based on the Landing Sites plugin, but it does include the Landing Sites plugin logic. WP Greet Box should not slow down site loading at all since it is Javascript based and the Javascript code does not start running until the page is completely loaded. You shouldn’t have to worry about site lag with WP Greet Box enabled.

    9. Nihar says:

      @Ajith, I have to check for few days whether this plugin slows down the page loading or not.

      How many plugins have you developed so far?

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