Live chat is a must for all websites, especially if you are offering services like mine. Visitors may need to talk about a possible project, and I must be there to reply in real time. What features am I looking for? It must be a totally free service, no sneaky pay for upgrade gimmicks. I’m sure there are other more creative ways of generating income. It offers private one-on-one messaging. Highly customizable settings. No limitations whatsoever. Most importantly, it should be very easy to use and integrate. Wow, that’s too much to demand for a free service, but I did find one that meets all the criteria.
If you prefer a public chat room, check out Tlk.Io. It is free too, and it doesn’t require registration.
Using free is good, but being a blogger for several years, I’ve learned the advantages of always having a backup. Such services tend to shut down, some without prior notice. So, what’s better than free? Of course, a free plan from a paid service, haha. Commercial websites can support their operations for a long time and are generally more stable. Obviously, these types of services come with limitations, but hey, it works for me.
Chaport provides 2 operators and unlimited chats and websites. UserLike gives out 1 operator and 1 widget. Crisp Chat offers 2 seats for free. The most generous is JivoChat offering the first 30 agents free and unlimited chats and websites.
Web or browser push notifications are messages from a website you receive in your browser, regardless of the device. It may be a smartphone, laptop, or desktop. They notify you about promos, important updates, or new content. It’s a new marketing channel and a good supplement or alternative to email marketing. It is, in fact, easier, as people do not need to give away their email addresses to subscribe.
OneSignal gives you unlimited mobile push, but web push is limited to 10,000 subscribers only. It has a WordPress plugin that can send a notification when a post is published. It is expensive though. SendPulse also have a web push product for free up to 10,000 subscribers. WebPusher is free for up to 10,000 subscribers and overall cheaper. Take note, unlike email subscribers, you can’t migrate web push subscribers to another service provider, so choose carefully.
Here’s a tutorial on how to create a web push using Amazon’s AWS free tier.
To unsubscribe from web push notifications, follow the instructions here.
Searching for the fastest way to do it, I stumbled on a few free-to-use cookie scripts. See some below.
2GDPR has a cookie consent that does more than just inform. It actually has code to not activate the cookies when the visitor declines. The code is hosted on CloudFlare’s CDN so it’s mostly available. The options available are limited, just position, style, colors, and text. That’s it. But it looks beautiful and functional. It requires you to add the codes used by services like Google and Facebook. You can also scan your website to see if it is GDPR compliant. CookieConsent has a cookie preference center, where visitors can update their cookie settings. It requires coding, but the instructions are easy to follow. Another option is ComplyDog’s Cookie Consent Banner.
Google has released a new Google Tag Manager feature: Google Consent Mode (GCM), still in Beta. It is the new API developed by Google to measure conversions while still respecting user consent. It helps to honor both marketing and privacy efforts at the same time. With the Consent Mode, you can modify the behavior of Google tags based on user consent. Currently, some paid services are supporting GCM. They offer a free account limited to a maximum of 100 pages scanned. CookieYes has a monthly 5,000 consent log cap, while CookieBot has none.
Here is Orest Bida’s implementation of the cookie consent.
A majority of the world’s population aren’t well versed in English. If you intend to cater to this segment, you’ll need to localize your website. It means providing your visitors with the means to read the content using their preferred language.
ConveyThis offers a nifty free-to-use button that shows a selection of popular languages to translate content into. It’s easy to generate the code for website integration. Plus, no registration is needed.
Speaking of translation, if you are interested in knowing the English equivalent of Hiligaynon terms, then head on over to Bohol.Ph. The dictionary is based on Kaufmann’s Visayan-English Dictionary which is considered as one of the best dictionaries with regard to the Hiligaynon language. The dictionary has over 1000 pages and was first published in 1934 in Iloilo. Hiligaynon is spoken in Panay and Negros islands and is the fourth most spoken dialect in the Philippines.
Do you know what higugma means?
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