Having played with several free WordPress notification bars over the past week, by far my favorite is WPFront’s Notification Bar. I was looking for something that:
- Worked right out of the gate
- Allowed control of the basics, including link color
- Was free, but with no branding
- Looked good; sleek
WPFront’s bar met all these criteria! Here it is on our main site:
What I like most is the default setting is to really hug the content, so there’s no fat. The last thing you want is a fat bar that takes up more room than is necessary. You can control the height of it, but I found the default setting perfect. And it lets you easily change the link color, which is necessary for our site, as we have a light background for the site, but a dark background for the bar. If it uses the site’s default link color – which some plugins do – then we’ve got a problem.
Here are the basic color settings (there are more advanced options, and you can add your own CSS, but these adequately cover the essentials).