We come across some blogs that show notices or announcements or a warning to readers. The notice will be either in header or footer. Some show in sidebar as well.
There are three methods to show a notice or an announcement or a cautionary note in a WordPress blog. They are by means of using:
- Featured Box
- Marquee Text
How to add a warning or notice using Featured Box in WordPress?
Some bloggers these days show a notice or a warning embedded within post. They use a featured box. But a featured box won’t help when we want to embed our note or warning in a header or footer or sidebar.
It should go inside a post. Basically, the featured box can be used to add following within a blog post:
- Cautionary Notes
Kulwant Nagi of Blogging Cage has used this featured in his travel blog to give a cautionary note that his post contains 30+ images. He is indirectly requesting to wait as it would take time for them to load.
Some bloggers use this feature to provide a link to a product or service they recommend. They also sell or offer for free, their eBooks or checklist using this feature.
This feature of WordPress actually makes a post in particular and a blog in overall appear professionally clean and beautiful for its readers.
When a clickable part stands out distinctively from other parts, the probability of getting clicks from readers remains high. This also reduces bounce rate.
We can also embed a quote within a notice box. You may say, it’s better with using block-quote feature. It’s just an alternative. I have used in my post to give a Google definition of Bounce Rate.
You can also use this feature to embed an entire paragraph to divert maximum of readers’ attention to that particular paragraph. But it’s not advisable. Paragraph doesn’t appear nice.
How to add Featured Box in a WordPress Blog?
Don’t you think this feature will be helpful for you? Yes. It adds many professional touches on a blog. So how can we add featured box in WordPress.
First of all add given snippet of codes in your theme’s functions.php file. This can be done either from your hosting cPanel or from your FTP tool.
When you want to make certain sentences or paragraphs appear within your featured box, put them within an opening tag and closing tag of the box.
How to add a warning or notice in WordPress using plugins?
There are many plugins to show a notice or an announcement in a WordPress blog. Such plugins are useful for showing note or warnings or announcements in sidebar, footer or header either in vertical or horizontal styles.
In this post, let me focus on Simple Notices Plugin only. You can try other two. There are also other similar plugins.
You can search this plugin from your dashboard. Install and activate it. No sooner you are done with its activation than a new menu ‘Notices’ should appear in your dashboard.
How to add a Notice in WordPress using ‘Simple Notices’ plugin?
Click on ‘Notices’ button. Once clicking on ‘Add New’, a post editor screen will appear. Fill up the details and publish it. You can also change background colour. You can see screenshots of how your notice will appear.
How to add a Notice or Warning using Marquee text in WordPress?
What is Marquee Text? A text scrolling either horizontally or vertically is marquee text. This means, in it we can set moving direction, and time frame.
In WordPress, we don’t have to add Marquee Text functionality manually. There are few WordPress plugins developed to facilitate adding marquee text in WordPress blog.
You can read this post to read details about their installation processes and other requirements. You can choose the suitable one.
When a text, or a sentence is motion, they tend to become more noticeable for visitors more than other static texts or sentences. So a note or warning or announcement can be made using Marquee Text.
In general perception, a notice should be noticeable and should receive maximum attention from the visitors. When a notice is given in our blogs, every effort must be made to make our notices/announcements stand out from other parts.
Using Featured box, Notices/announcements Plugins and marquee text features in our notices will help to stand out and receive maximum attention from readers.
How do you add a note or notice or cautionary note in your WordPress blog? Are you using some plugins or featured box feature or marquee text? Are there other methods to show notices/announcements in WordPress? Share with us!