Elevatr — the Audience-Building WordPress Plugin [Review]

Plugins

I have to admit I have a love/hate relationship with WordPress plugins. I use them, but sparingly.

That’s because so many plugins are badly coded and fight with each other or with your theme.

Now a plugin, if you’ll recall, equates to the inside walls of our WordPress house. Walls exist to help support the structure, to provide security and to define spaces and help with traffic flow. So you don’t want to interfere with your load-bearing walls, and you don’t want to create unnecessary barriers.

With that said, let me tell you about this particular plugin, Elevatr.

Elevatr was created by an online friend of mine, Eugen Oprea. Eugen’s a talented guy, so when he asked me to test the beta version of the Elevatr plugin for WordPress I was happy to oblige.

I was even happier when I installed it on a test site instead of a real one. That’s because it didn’t do anything I couldn’t do without it, and I also found it caused conflicts. I uninstalled it pretty quickly.

That was about six months ago.

Recently, though, I decided to give Elevatr another try and I’m glad I did. The plugin has come a long way since the beta days, and it has some powerful features to help you create snazzy opt-in forms for email and webinars.

What Does Elevatr Do?

Elevatr helps you build your loyal audience.

When a new visitor lands on your website for the first time, you’d like them to hang around a bit — check out a few different pages, maybe leave a comment or a +1 on Google. After they leave, then what?

If you’re smart, you’ve given them a reason to stay in touch via email. Once you have their email address, you can send them updates and tell them about new products or services.

I do that on this site by inviting readers to sign up for a free, seven-part email series. There’s a form — it’s called an opt-in form that shows up on almost every page of my WordPress site.

Well, Elevatr creates that signup form.

I used to have a different form. I paid a graphic designer to make it for me. It was too busy, and when I made a change in my header, the form fell apart.

broken opt-in form

See what happened here? The part where you actually enter your name and email address fell right off the form and landed on a different part of the page.

That’s when I decided to give Elevatr another try.

How Does Elevatr Work?

Elevatr gives you simple tools to create opt-in boxes for email or for webinars. It’s an intuitive, step-by-step process.

After you install the Elevatr plugin, you’ll see three new menu items on your WordPress Dashboard.

Elevatr links in dashboard

Click the first one to fill in your account information. You’ll need the license key you got when you purchased it.

It can connect automatically with your Mailchimp, Aweber or iContact account for email. If you use Infusionsoft, Constant Contact or GetResponse, it works with them as well.

If you somehow get stuck, just click the handy Help button.

Next is the Signup Forms button.

You can add new forms, edit existing forms, and even create new buttons for your forms here.

Last is the Webinars button.

Here’s what my new Elevatr form looks like. The plugin comes with a nice choice of pre-made buttons. It also helps you to make your own. I decided to try my hand at button making so I could use this site’s color scheme.

What do you think?

Elevatr opt-in form

A Few More Reasons to Use Elevatr

  1. It’s fast. Since it’s coded according to WordPress specificatons and best practices, it won’t slow down your site.
  2. It helps you save money in design fees
  3. It’s pretty hacker proof — designed with security in mind
  4. Good tech support
  5. Workshops and seminars to teach you about building your list and holding webinars
  6. 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

Where Can I Download Elevatr?

Elevatr is a premium plugin, and downloading and installing it is very easy.

  1. Click this link to go to the Elevatr homepage
  2. Click on “Create My Form Now” to sign up. Follow the instructions to sign up and download the plugin.
  3. In your WordPress dashboard, select Plugins/Add New
  4. Click Upload, then Choose File and navigate to where you saved the plugin on your computer
  5. Click Install Now

After putting Elevatr through its paces this time, I knew it was a plugin I’d be happy to recommend. So I contacted Eugen, and signed on as an Elevatr affiliate. This means, if you buy it through one of the links here I receive a commission. It’s not enough for me to retire in luxury — I wish! — but it keeps this site going.

Check out Elevatr.

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Comments

  1. Susanna,

    Great post. It’s amazing how much plugins are available using WordPress.

    How many plugins should I have on a WordPress site before I can expect the conflict errors you mention?

    Do you have a list of ones you’ve found to conflict the most?

    Thanks for the help!

    • Susanna says:

      Thanks, Misty. I don’t have any hard and fast rules about the number of plugins to use. It’s more a matter of avoiding the ones that cause problems. Unfortunately, the only way to find that out (unless you’re a programmer and can analyze the code) is trial and error. . . I’ll be writing an article soon about how to easily determine what plugins to avoid so stay tuned 🙂

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