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[resolved] Showing A Message To A First Time Visitor (5 posts)

  1. stukdog
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Each day, my blog gets about 5000 return visitors and 1000 new visitors. It'd be great to keep some of those new visitors. I'd like to be able to show the new visitors a message the first time they view the blog. Something simple like,

    "Welcome to the site. You can find my RSS feed here and my Dashboard Widget here."

    I was thinking that it would look best as just one line of red text between the header and the content.

    Has anyone seen a plugin that may have the ability to do something like this? I'm somewhat familiar with code, but not enough to write something like this.

    Any tips?

  2. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 8 years ago #

    Well, there's my plugin:

    http://guff.szub.net/2006/04/12/welcome-visitor/

    Which can be set to display to non-logged in readers. However, it does not at this time offer the ability to display only the first time they hit your site.

  3. stukdog
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm wondering if it would be better to do this by logging ip's or just using a cookie.

  4. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 8 years ago #

    Whatever way you choose to go, keep these things in mind:

    Doing it by setting/reading a cookie would be an easy way to handle it, though not perfect as anyone can delete a cookie (or not accept one at all), thereby changing their status on your site.

    Logging IPs requires tracking all visitors to your site (easy enough as there are plugins which already provide this), but is also not perfect since not everyone has a dedicated IP for their net connection.

  5. stukdog
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    In case there are future readers that may need help with this, there is now a solution. I ran this idea by a buddy of mine who is good with programming and he wrote a wordpress plugin for it. He made it incredibly easy to implement it on your site.

    http://www.richardkmiller.com/blog/wordpress-plugin-what-would-seth-godin-do/

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