GetSiteControl Review – Every WordPress CTA Widget in One Plugin

GetSiteControl Review

I don’t think I have to tell you by now, but when it comes to marketing CTA widgets, slide-ins, and popups all produce crazy good results!  Most of us hate this as if they are overdone it can be very annoying. But from a list building point of view, there is no denying they get the job done. The trick is finding a good medium between not enough and overdoing it. So today I’m going to take a deep dive into a newer CTA plugin for WordPress. Check out this GetSiteControl review below.

GetSiteControl Review

First of all, I have to admit, GetSiteControl seems to have come out of nowhere. When it comes to new WordPress plugins I keep pretty close tabs on new things emerging in the marketplace and I somehow missed this one. But it was actually released in 2014, so it has been around for a while. They are owned and operated by GetWebCraft Limited and are a team of seven people in Cyprus who set out to create an easy-to-use set of smart widgets for website optimization and increasing conversions.

GetSiteControl widgets
GetSiteControl widgets

GetSiteControl is super easy to use and in the end can save you a lot of time, which is after all, what we’re all really wanting. You might even be able to consolidate different plugins down into one. You can use this for live chat, newsletter subscriptions, social media sharing, you name it! And everything can be managed from a single dashboard.

Features

Besides the 7 super robust widgets which we’ll dive into further below, the bread and butter really come from all of the features that you can use with each widget.

  • Each widget has 9 different positions! That’s right, it doesn’t matter whether it is a contact form or chat. Display things anywhere you like on your site.
  • You can choose where a widget appears and how often. This includes URL targeting and even exclusions.
  • Ever heard of an exit popup? It’s got those to stop people from leaving your site. Or at least to try and grab their email first.
  • Use all of your own images within the widgets or you can utilize the already beautiful templates that they have. I personally think their designs are already pretty kickass and modern looking.
  • Everything has the ability to integrate into Google Analytics for tracking.
  • Create a custom thank you page message. I can personally vouch that this works. I’ve even had people tweet out my thank you page as I have a funny GIF on it. It’s a great way to add some humor to your site and engage more with your visitors.
  • Everything is responsive for tablets and mobile.
  • Color matching feature: Automatically match the colors of your site. And of course, you can customize all the colors yourself if you want.
  • You can enable advanced targeting by country, device, browser, OS, IP, and even UTM parameters.
  • A/B Testing? Yes, that is also included! Test different widgets and find the winners. Constantly improve your list building efforts without wasting any time.
  • Other cool features include an autoresponder and survey logic branching.

Integrations

GetSiteControl has pretty much every email integration you can think of (16 to be exact)! They do require the paid plan, but it’s great to see they have newer ones such as MailerLite (which I use) and even Slack for the chat widget. They also support Zapier, which technically opens it up to hundreds of additional integrations.

GetSiteControl integrations
GetSiteControl integrations

Now time for the widgets themselves:

Subscribe Widget

The first widget, and probably the most popular one is your classic subscribe widget. I use this type of widget on the bottom of each post here on woorkup.com.

GetSiteControl subscribe widget
GetSiteControl subscribe widget

Some use cases for the subscribe widget include:

  • Add an opt-in form to your site to collect email subscribers
  • Create an exit intent opt-in popup
  • Put a subscription box on the Coming Soon page

Contact Widget

The second widget is your classic contact us widget. This, of course, is great for people to get a hold of you.

GetSiteControl contact widget
GetSiteControl contact widget

Some use cases for the subscribe widget include:

  • Collect user feedback on your website
  • Add a callback form to your website
  • Collect online orders

Promo Widget

The third widget is the promo widget. This is typically used to grab someone’s attention. Perfect for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads shops.

GetSiteControl promo widget
GetSiteControl promo widget

Some use cases for the subscribe widget include:

  • Announce sales and discounts
  • Announce releases or product updates
  • Add a cookie consent message to your website

Survey Widget

The fourth widget is the survey widget. This can be a great way to quickly ask your visitors questions. Perhaps you just launched a new site? Ask them their thoughts.

GetSiteControl survey widget
GetSiteControl survey widget

Some use cases for the subscribe widget include:

  • Create exit surveys to gather feedback
  • Poll your visitors for just about anything

Follow Widget

The fifth widget is the follow widget. Great for building your social followers. Out of all the widgets I would choose to leave turned off, this is probably one of them. I think some of the other widgets add more value.

GetSiteControl follow widget
GetSiteControl follow widget

Some use cases for the subscribe widget include:

  • Grow your social followers
  • Create additional ways to engage with your visitors

Share Widget

The sixth widget is the share widget. I’m a big fan of these. I use Social Warfare right now on this site, but GetSiteControl can also attach itself to the side of the screen and scroll with the user.

GetSiteControl share widget
GetSiteControl share widget

Some use cases for the subscribe widget include:

  • Increase traffic to your website
  • Engage with people on social
  • Built social signals, which do impact SEO!

Chat Widget

And last but not least, the seventh widget is the chat widget. This is actually pretty cool because most CTA and sharing plugins don’t have this included. I was surprised this was even in the plugin. And the cool part is, that is has a Slack integration! I use Slack on daily basis and so having the ability to chat with potential or current clients from a tool I’m already in is pretty awesome.

GetSiteControl chat widget
GetSiteControl chat widget

Some use cases for the subscribe widget include:

  • Chat with potential customers to grab sales
  • Use for support purposes for existing customers
  • Gather feedback from visitors
  • Connect the widget to Slack and manage live chat conversations with your website visitors right from the Slack dashboard, desktop app or mobile app

Pricing

Of course, you are probably wondering now just how much all of this costs. Well, GetSiteControl has three different plans, one of which is free.

Free Plan

  • 1 site
  • No extra users
  • 50,000 monthly views per site
  • All widget types
  • Unlimited widgets
  • Custom colors
  • Frequency settings
  • Scheduling
  • Real-time statistics
  • Mobile responsive widgets

Plus Plan $19/mo

  • 1 site
  • No extra users
  • 500,000 monthly views per site
  • All Free features
  • Managing multiple sites
  • Branding removal
  • Integrations
  • Custom images
  • Targeting
  • Start triggers
  • Exit popups
  • A/B testing
  • Survey logic and branching
  • Autoresponder

Pro Plan $29/mo

  • 1 site
  • Unlimited views
  • All Plus features
  • Managing multiple users
  • User access rights

With both the plus and pro plan you can add additional site licenses at a discounted price. And if you pay annually you can save another 20%.

How to Setup GetSiteControl in WordPress

Now let’s dive into setting up GetSiteControl on your WordPress site. It’s super easy!

Step 1

When you first log in, it will ask you to add your site. You can always change this later, but make sure to include HTTP or HTTPS.

Add site to GetSiteControl
Add site to GetSiteControl

Step 2

You can add the following code before your site’s </body> tag or if you are running WordPress, you can simply utilize their free plugin.

GetSiteControl header code
GetSiteControl header code

You can easily grab the GetSiteControl plugin from the WordPress repository. Or by searching for it within your WordPress dashboard under “Plugins > Add New.” It currently has over 6,000 active installs with a 4 out of 5-star rating.

GetSiteControl WordPress plugin
GetSiteControl WordPress plugin

Step 3

After installing the plugin you’ll need to sign into your GetSiteControl account in the dashboard to hook things up. This plugin works a little differently than you might be used to. You control the plugin settings from their website, not from your dashboard. At first, I didn’t like this idea, but we’ll discuss the impacts further below.

Sign in GetSiteControl
Sign in GetSiteControl

Once it is installed correctly, you should see it go green.

GetSiteControl installed correctly
GetSiteControl installed correctly

And that’s it! You can then head over to the GetSiteControl dashboard and create your first widget.

GetSiteControl create widget
GetSiteControl create widget

Creating and Customizing a Widget

Next, I’ll show you the customization options available when creating a subscribe widget. Most of the widget options are fairly similar. To create a widget, simply click on “Create widget” and choose from one of the seven. In this example, I am creating a subscribe widget.

Create subscribe widget
Create subscribe widget

Appearance

I’m testing this on my brianjackson.io site so I am matching the colors to my theme. I click “Inherit” for the font so that it uses my site’s font. I’m a big fan of slide in at the bottom since it’s not too distracting.

Subscribe widget appearance
Subscribe widget appearance

Content

On the content tab you can customize all the font and what shows up on the widget.

Subscribe widget content
Subscribe widget content

Success Page

The success page tab lets you select an action. You can have someone get redirected to a new URL (this is what I recommend because you can then easily track this with Google Analytics as well). You can have it do nothing or simply close.

Subscribe widget success page
Subscribe widget success page

Behavior

The behavior tab is pretty powerful. You can set conditions for when the widget appears. Such as perhaps only three times per day. I recommend not spamming the widgets. And then don’t show it after they have completed an action. You can even set dates!

Subscribe widget behavior
Subscribe widget behavior

Targeting

The targeting tab in this plugin is crazy! You can define all sorts of rules for which pages you want to include or exclude it on. You can then dive into visitor conditions such as browsers, returning visitors, devices, referrers, UTM tags, locations, IPs, etc.

Subscribe widget targeting
Subscribe widget targeting

Integrations

And finally, the integrations tab is where you can hook it up to your favorite email program or even Zapier.

Subscribe widget integrations
Subscribe widget integrations

Activate Widget

After you create a widget, it will be deactivated by default, just in case you didn’t want it going live yet. To activate a widget, simply click on “Activate now.”

Activate widget
Activate widget

And here is how the final widget looks on my site. Pretty great! Looks like I designed it myself. It automatically grabbed my theme’s fonts and boom. Took literally only a few minutes to create.

Final widget on site
Final widget on site

Speed Tests

I was also curious since it does load externally, just how much extra load time was involved. So I ran a few tests.

Before

I ran 5 tests from Pingdom and took the average before GetSiteControl was installed.

Speed test before GetSiteControl
Speed test before GetSiteControl

After

I then ran 5 additional tests from Pingdom and took the average after GetSiteControl was installed. As you can see it adds about 100 ms. So this is actually not that bad. Any major plugin like this is obviously going to add some to your load time, there is no way to get around that. Do I wish they would let me load it from my CDN instead? Yes, but for an external service, it works great.

It loads way faster than TypeKit, which is super small in comparison. You have to remember your getting every CTA you ever need with this: a list building plugin, a social media sharing replacement, as well as live chat!

Speed test after GetSiteControl
Speed test after GetSiteControl

Some additional notes about performance:

  1. The GetSiteControl code loads asynchronously by default (which is great for performance)
  2. There are two main files loaded by GetSiteControl:
    • scripts.js – this one is very small (~1kb) and it gets cached once per 5 seconds. This file is used to transfer changes you make in your dashboard to your website without delay.
    • runtime.js – this is a larger file with the widget code, and this file is compressed and cached in the browser.

Summary

The very first thing I fell in love with about GetSiteControl was their UI. Whoever their designer over there is, big kudos. It’s probably one of the best UIs for a WordPress plugin/service I have seen to date. I never once had to open up any of their documentation because everything was so crazy easy. If you are ready to consolidate all your CTA plugins down into one, GetSiteControl is definitely one you want to check out.

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Do any of you already use GetSiteControl? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts below.

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Brian Jackson

Inbound marketer obsessed with SEO, WordPress, SaaS, and webperf. Want to see your product or service on woorkup? Hire Me

GetSiteControl Review
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Summary

GetSiteControl is basically every single CTA you have ever needed, all piled into one simple and awesome plugin. Build your email lists, increase your social followers, drive social traffic, live chat with your customers. There are so many possibilities with the GetSiteControl WordPress plugin.

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