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Attention Grabber (Hello Bar Alternative)


The Attention Grabber is designed to make sure all your visitors know about the things most important to you.

Grab your visitor’s attention and get them to sign up for your email list, or tell them about a specific page they should visit.

This is a free alternative to HelloBar, a SaaS which charges based on the number of clicks the bar receives. If your bar receives 7,500 clicks per month, HelloBar would cost you $50/month.

Little bars like these are cropping up all over the Web (e.g., at Neil Patel’s QuickSprout), and it’s no wonder why—they do a fantastic job of getting your visitors to complete your goals for them.


Attention Grabber features the ability to:

  • Sign up email addresses to your account,
  • Track the number of signups or clicks you receive using Google Analytics,
  • Customize the look and feel of the bar (background color, button color, etc.), and
  • Responsively show or hide content to fit comfortable at the top of the user’s screen.

Licensing Information

Attention Grabber is based on the Sunrise plugin framework, by Vladmir Anokhin.

Since it is based on the Sunrise plugin, the Attention Grabber is licensed under the GNU GPL 3 license.

If you find the plugin useful, we request 2 things:

  1. You leave in tact the image link to Conversion Insights (the checkmark in the left corner of the Attention Grabber bar), and
  2. You drop us a line (either by email or in a comment on the blog) letting us know where you’re using it and how you like it.


  • The back-end to the Attention Grabber.
  • A sample of what the notification bar looks like in action. (Note that both the color scheme and the text are completely customizable.)


  1. Unzip the file into your wp-content/plugins/ directory. This will give you a new folder there called (creatively) attention-grabber.
  2. Go to the Plugins page of your WordPress admin menu (probably located at and click the “Activate” link for “Attention Grabber, by Conversion Insights.”
  3. Mouse over Settings (in the left-hand side of the Admin screen, near the bottom of the menu) and click the Attention Grabber link.
  4. Go to the Primary Stuff tab and set up the tool.


How does tracking work?

Attention Grabber fires one of two events to Google Analytics when a user interacts with it:

  • If they signed up for your email list:
    • Category: emailSignup
    • Action: general
    • Label: Sign up for the general email campaign
  • If they clicked the normal (non-email) button:
    • Category: buttonClick
    • Action: Click
    • Label: Clicked the Attention Grabber button with text [primary text of your Attention Grabber]
Where should I send feature requests & improvements?

Because this plugin was created to fulfill Conversion Insights’ own needs (and we aren’t a software company!), we’re unable to respond to feature requests.

However, if you have improved the Attention Grabber, you’re welcome to email us the code and we’ll make the improvements available to the world. (Contact Tyler at


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Contributors & Developers

“Attention Grabber (Hello Bar Alternative)” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.