GetSiteControl Review: 7 Helpful Marketing Widgets In One WordPress Plugin
If you want to connect with your website visitors, you have plenty of options. Navigation bars, live chat, email opt-ins…you name it.
But if you want to implement all those different tactics, you usually need to install a separate plugin for each type of widget. That can add up quick.
GetSiteControl changes that by housing 7 different helpful widgets in the same tool. That means you can quickly implement opt-in forms, live chat, promo bars, and lots more. And for each widget, you have detailed control over positioning, targeting, and display triggers.
In general, I was incredibly impressed with GetSiteControl’s features, as well as how easily it integrates with WordPress.
Read my GetSiteControl review if you’d like to learn more about how GetSiteControl can help you connect with your visitors and what impressed me so much about the tool.
GetSiteControl Review: What Does It Do?
As you heard in the intro, GetSiteControl is 7 different widgets built into one SaaS-style package.
Next question…what’s a widget?
Well, each widget is a different method to help you connect with your visitors. Currently, those widgets are:
- Subscribe form for generating leads
- Contact form to allow visitors to send you a message
- Promo notification to help you promote offers or otherwise drive traffic to another page
- Survey tool to help you collect feedback from your visitors
- Follow buttons to help build your social following
- Share buttons to help your content get more exposure on social media
- Chat widget to help you chat with your visitors in real-time via Slack or a desktop/mobile app
Alone, none of the widgets are especially unique. That is, you can find plenty of tools to implement each single widget on WordPress.
What is fairly unique, though, is having every single widget housed under one roof. That means that instead of needing to install 7 different plugins and work in 7 disparate interfaces, you can manage everything from a single interface. That likely saves you time and aggravation.
On the paid plans, you’ll also get:
- Easy A/B testing
- Incredibly detailed targeting options
- Display triggers
- Survey logic/branching
- Integrations with popular services
And you can manage all of those widgets and features right from the GetSiteControl interface.
Hands-On With GetSiteControl: A Real Look At How It Works
As I mentioned, GetSiteControl is more of a SaaS than a standard WordPress plugin. As a result, you’ll do most of the managing from the GetSiteControl interface.
GetSiteControl does offer an official WordPress plugin to help you easily integrate with your WordPress site, though.
Once you install the plugin, it will prompt you to either create a new account or log in to your existing GetSiteControl account:
I received a free promo account for this review, so I’ll go ahead and sign into my existing account.
Once you’re signed in, you’re finished in your WordPress dashboard! You’ll do everything else from the GetSiteControl interface:
The integration process really couldn’t be simpler.
Creating Your First GetSiteControl Widget
When you first log in to your GetSiteControl account, you’ll see what will eventually be an overview of the activity for all your widgets, as well as an option to create a widget:
Obviously, there’s nothing there because this is a brand new account. So let’s go ahead and create a new widget.
After selecting the type of widget that you want to create, GetSiteControl will throw you into a WYSIWYG interface to help you build the widget. Here’s what that looks like for a Contact Form widget:
In this first tab, you can choose the position for your widget, as well as the colors and font used.
One really neat thing here is the Apply theme drop-down. With it, you can select a single color and GetSiteControl will automatically adjust all 5 of the other color options to match that base color:
If you’re someone who sucks at design (like I do!), this feature is really helpful.
Moving over to the Content tab, you can customize all of the text that appears on your form, as well as add additional fields as needed.
Again, GetSiteControl tries to save you some time by offering a Choose template drop-down that lets you quickly select the relevant type of form:
It’s a small touch, but this attention to user friendliness is welcome. It makes the tool especially easy to use.
Once you finish up your content, you can move to the Success page tab to configure exactly what happens after a user submits the form:
Advanced Options For Triggers and Targeting
The Behavior tab is when things start getting really cool. Here, you can set up:
- How to trigger the widget. You can do it right away, based on user behavior, time, or programmatically.
- How often to show the widget. Show it always or only a certain number of times per user. You can also choose to stop showing the widget after certain criteria are met.
And below those options, you can also choose specific dates and times to display the widget:
Next up, you get another cool tab – Targeting.
Here, you have a ton of different targeting options.
First, you can include/exclude the widget on specific pages using expressions or exact URLs.
Below that, you can also target by specific:
- Characteristics – e.g. new vs returning
- Operating systems
- UTM tags
- IP addresses
And at the bottom, you can choose to only show the widget to a certain percentage of your visitors:
The targeting options are super cool. Seriously – it’s much deeper than most other WordPress plugins I’ve looked at. What’s more, you can easily stack conditions to create pin-point targeting.
And for all the options, you can choose to either include or exclude traffic based on that condition, which gives you even more flexibility.
Seriously – the targeting options, combined with the behavior options, are what make GetSiteControl so powerful.
Finally, on the Integrations tab, you can choose where to send data from your widget.
Some nice things that you can do with the contact form widget are:
- Set up an autoresponder
- Integrate with third-party email marketing services
- Set up webhooks or integrate with Zapier for more flexibility
And that’s it for the options! Once you click OK at the bottom, you can either activate the widget right away or leave it dormant:
Once you activate it, it shows up right away on your WordPress site – no need to do anything further:
A Quick Look At The Other GetSiteControl Widgets
Ok, I’m not going to give you as detailed a look at the other widgets. Part of that is because the general interface for all of the widgets is pretty similar.
While some widgets might have additional tabs, all the widgets have the core options for:
Here’s what my site looks like with 4 widgets activated:
- Social buttons
- Contact form
Remember – for each widget, you have full control over its positioning. You don’t have to make your widgets look like mine.
Viewing Statistics For Your Widgets
Once you start getting traffic to your various widgets, you can view statistics right from your GetSiteControl dashboard:
And you can also click the Statistics button for a slightly more detailed look.
What’s nice here is that you can see actual CTR rates – not just raw traffic stats.
Running A/B Tests With GetSiteControl
If you have one of the premium plans, you’ll be able to run A/B tests right from the GetSiteControl interface.
It took me a second to understand how it works – but it’s actually pretty simple. All you need to do is create multiple versions of the same type of widget. Then, you can use the A/B button to add each widget to a Test:
Then, you can see how the test is doing:
Again – it’s pretty dang easy to use.
How Much Does GetSiteControl Cost?
GetSiteControl offers a free plan as well as two paid plans.
The free plan gets you access to the following features for one site and up to 50,000 monthly page views:
- Unlimited widgets with no restrictions on widget types
- Custom colors
- Scheduling and frequency
- Real-time statistics
Note – the free plan includes GetSiteControl branding, as well.
The Plus plan starts at $19 per month for a single site and up to 500,000 views. It offers:
- Branding removal
- Targeting options
- Behavior triggers
- A/B testing
Honestly, most of the features I found the most helpful are part of this paid plan.
Finally, the Pro plan offers unlimited views and multiple user access starting at $29 per month.
Final Thoughts On GetSiteControl
I was thoroughly impressed with GetSiteControl. On the paid plans, it gives you powerful targeting and behavior rules while still remaining accessible to non-techie users.
I also loved the attention to detail in the interface. Things like the color theme picker and pre-made templates make it easy to quickly create new widgets. And the gorgeous dashboard makes it easy to manage those widgets, view statistics, and run A/B tests.
While the free version lets you get a taste without cracking open your wallet, I think you really should go with the paid plan if you want to access the most helpful features.
When you consider that GetSiteControl has the potential to replace multiple plugins, the cost is pretty negligible in my opinion.
All in all, I definitely recommend GetSiteControl to anyone looking to better connect with their website visitors.