I discovered a new WordPress plugin called OptinSkin today and wanted to write a quick review giving you my first impressions.
What is OptinSkin?
OptinSkin is a plugin that makes it really simple for you to produce cool looking optin boxes for your blog. There are a few similar plugins around, but they don’t make it as simple as this one does. It also provides some templates to enable people to share your posts via social media.
Do you need OptinSkin?
OptinSkin is a means to an end – it makes it easier to build an email list. If you’re not interested in building an email list, don’t bother with OptinSkin. If you are interested, then read on!
I’m mentioned numerous times that my HTML and CSS skills are very limited, so the thought of producing a cool looking optin box scares me to the point where I’ve been putting it off for months. Up until now I’ve been using the Aweber template as well as PopUp Domination to build my subscriber list. It’s worked ok, but I’ve been looking at the optin boxes that other bloggers had created, and wanted to do something similar.
The OptinSkin plugin makes it easy to build good looking optin boxes.
Once you purchase the plugin, you install it the same way you install any WordPress plugin. When you use it for the first time, you need to register it – that’s simple.
You can then get to work building your own optin boxes.
You have the choice of 18 templates to begin working with. Simply choose one of the templates and start customising it. You can change the titles and text as well as the fonts and the text size. Don’t like the colour of the sign up button – change it! You can change a whole stack of the design elements and you have complete control over the colours as well.
It integrates very well with all the major email list providers – I use Aweber and it was as simple as entering my list name into the plugin and OptinSkin does the rest.
It took me around 5 minutes to design my first optin box.
Where does it go?
You’ve got a few options around where the finished optin box goes.
As part of the set-up, you can choose from some standard placements such as below a post, at the top of your posts, below the first paragraph or floated to the right of the second paragraph. Knowing Glenn Allsop (the creator) like I do, he’s tested placement of optin boxes for a while and these would be the ideal locations.
You’ve also got the option to leave these options blank and instead insert the OptinSkin shortcode anywhere you want in your blog.
OptinSkin Review Video
I spent a while tonight recording this video review of OptinSkin. I show you all the main features and also how you can customise all the key parts of the plugin.
If you’re reading this in an RSS Reader, here’s the link to the OptinSkin Review Video.
I like the plugin because it’s made it simple for me to produce good looking optin boxes.
I haven’t started to look at the social sharing options and how I could combine that in the optin box, but that opens up some interesting possibilities.
Overall, I think this plugin is good value for money.
Visit the OptinSkin website for more information. They also offer a 60 money back guarantee, so if it doesn’t work for you, return it.