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  • MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad Pro
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  • Last modified: June 24, 2016
  • Installation & Setup
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  • Design & Interface
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 50%
  • Function
    Editor: 40%
  • Value For The Price
    Editor: 40%

The Stripe Ad Pro WordPress plugin allows messages displayed at the top or bottom of webpages.

Introduction

In the modern world of online publishing, it can be difficult to get a message across to your audience as the amount of digital clutter is making website visitors less aware and less interested. People are becoming immune to advertising and spend less time reading important information by getting in and getting out as quickly as possible. This is where a useful plugin such as MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad Pro comes to play and attempts to get your message across more effectively without disrupting the visitor's experience.

Features

With Stripe Ad Pro, you can display a short message of your choice to visitors at the top or bottom of your website. This unique positioning helps attract your visitors' attention and further reinforce your message in a simple fashion. You can enter whatever message you would like as long as it fits within the 80 character limit.

Each message has the ability to formatted to your choice of the following attributes:

  • Font
  • Font size
  • Text style
  • Text color
  • Turn shadow on/off
  • Background color
  • Border color
  • Link text color
  • Link text style
  • Link button background color

If you wish, you can fine tune the display options to configure which pages or post categories the stripe ad should display on to give you the best results. To take it one step further, you also have the ability “schedule” the stripe ad to only show after/before a certain amount of visits or every # amount of days. More advanced features include built-in A/B testing using their weighting system and social integration which displays links to your social media page before/after your message is displayed.

Overall, the software has a decent amount of features, but most of them are limited and don't really let you customize the bar to the extend that I'd like. This results in the message bar looking dull and outdated which make it difficult to match the look of the modern sites you typically see today. I would have like to have seen better social support including major networks like LinkedIn and Pinterest or the ability to switch from strictly linking to your social media pages to provide the ability for visitors to “like”, “tweet”, and “+1” the current page they are viewing.

Function

We used this plugin to promote our giveaway last month and weren't all that impressed with its functionality for a few reasons. Since the customization is rather limited, I think the bar attracts more attention due to how ugly it looks on most sites. Some may argue this is not be a bad thing as it is still receiving attention, but in my mind it is as I'm trying to run a professional business.

Secondly, while I didn't notice the plugins slowing down the loading speed of my website, I often witnessed it “lag” behind when scrolling down the webpage if the plugin was set to “stick” to the top or bottom of the page. This resulted in a poor user experience and frankly made the site look unperforming. To combat this, you can disable the “sticky” mode, but then your message will only display when the visitor is looking at the top or bottom of your page and will disappear as the user scrolls away from the message thus lowering its effectiveness.

Additionally, I wanted this plugin for the analytics and click tracking capabilities which should allow you to get a strong idea of how the stripe ad is performing especially in A/B testing situations. Unfortunately, this isn't the case with most modern sites as the click tracking does not work properly with a heavily cached site like most of us are using today. It tracked about 1/10 of the clicks and resulted in frustration as the analytics reports showed the stripe ad was performing worse than it actually was.

Lastly, the plugin is advertised to be responsive and that is true to an extent. For example, I noticed the plugin would adapt properly to the resolution of my 27″ iMac, 15″ Retina Macbook Pro, and iPhone 5. However, it had serious trouble recognizing the resolution of my iPad 2 which caused the message bar to only extend halfway across the screen and made the end result look terrible.

Conclusion

I found the MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad Pro to be appealing on paper, but lacked in terms of the customization and performance. The bar was rather buggy with noticeable “lag” with certain settings on, poor analytics capabilities when used on a cached website, and often results in a dull, outdated look no matter what color/text combination you choose. At this price-point, the MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad Pro plugin may be suitable for some website owner's standards, but for us it just didn't live up to the hype. For this reason, I wouldn't recommend this plugin to most buyers and I suggest checking out competitors like the Foo Bar or Hello Bar. These plugins support more in-depth customization and are offered for a cheaper price.