Hello Bar, the Awesome Tool to Copy

by Mike Chiasson on May 19, 2013

I’ve seen the awesome “Hello Bars” on tons of websites before and always wanted to play with it. The other day I had a situation where I needed it for a site I was working on so I browsed on over to hellobar.com and to my dismay I saw I needed to pay for it, a monthly fee per impression. This really made me back off because I was kind of expecting a wordpress plugin that I could install on a bunch of my sites for one low time price.

Hello Bar

Hello Bar

Now the Hello Bar looks like it has some really cool features onto it, but to be honest, I can’t imagine myself taking advantage of the split testing options too much on the particular site I was working on. As I was looking at the bar I really thought, “this thing could be easily recreated”. Now the A/B testing results, that would be a little bit more time consuming, but the basic design, maybe a half hour or so.

Of course someone had beat me to the punch. I found several people copying the content almost exactly. One I thought would be a nice share was on All Blogger Tricks. He replicated a Pure CSS clone of the Hello Bar. You should definitely check it out if you were looking to use a free Hello Bar on your websites. He even explains how to add it as a WordPress text widget.

I would recommend to make the small change in the CSS on the line for ‘#abt-hots‘, the drop shadow (box shadow) is too strong, I would modify it to ‘box-shadow:1px 1px 5px 1px‘. This will make it a little more like the original.

Is This Like Pirating?

Hello bar was in no way the first to ever put a bright colored bar at the top of your webpage. They did brand it very nice and I still think its a great product, just I wasn’t willing to pay for it when I knew I could recreate it so easily, and their value added features didn’t beat the cost comparison in my head. I think I remember reading that the guys over at Crazy Egg acquired Hello Bar a while back. I personally subscribe to paid plan at Crazy Egg even though there are free alternatives out there. In that case, the product provided value to me vs the alternates.

About the author

Mike Chiasson Mike Chiasson is the Director of IT for a publicly traded company by day and an Internet Marketer by night. He absolutely hates the words 'serial entrepreneur' but loves discussions about business. You can follow him on Twitter.

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