I have seen an increase in sites using floating footer toolbars. I decided to do some homework and figure out how I could add a floating footer toolbar to some of my sites too. A floating footer toolbar is a program with a user interface that allows visitors to bookmark, save, or share information discovered on your site. One of the best floating footer toolbars I have found is Wibiya.
Wibiya gives owners the option of creating a community using FaceBook Connect. It can also help you increase page views. You can gain traffic from FaceBook through your members news feeds and engage readers and raise pageviews with applications such as post navigator and blog search. Wibiya also has their own traffic growth and analytic tools so that you can track your traffic growth.
Communicating with readers and visitors is simple. With Wibiya, readers and visitors can share content using Twitter. Tweets can also be shared among other readers and visitors in real time. Short messages can be sent to members alerting them of new contents or posts on your blog or website. FaceBook fan pages can be created and members can join and communicate via a direct channel connection.
In Wibiya, these features are called applications and you’re able to custom build your toolbar to fit the needs of your blog or site. Available applications are simply dragged, dropped and installed onto your toolbar.
The available applications are:
- Blog Search, which can help you increase pageviews and reader engagement.
- Translations, which provides for easy content translation into one of twenty available languages.
- Post Navigator, which offers readers and site visitors easy navigation tools.
- Live Notifications, which broadcast alerts, messages, news, and more to all your visitors.
- Twitter Gadget, which will show your visitors live notifications of your latest twitter messages.
- Community (via Facebook), which gives you your own blog community with facebook connect, and allows users to join your community through their facebook account.
- Sharing Tool, which enables your visitors to share, save and distribute to your content through the AddToAny application.
- Register to RSS Feed, which gives your visitors the ability to subscribe to your blog through an RSS reader.
All in all, if you’re looking to add a floating footer toolbar to your blog or website, I recommend using Wibiya. At the time of writing this post, the toolbar is available via invite only; however, I received an invite less than 24 hours after registering. To get your Wibiya toolbar, simply register on Wibiya.com for an invite and wait for it to arrive in email.