Optincrusher installation and customization webcast

Optincrusher installation and customization webcast

I recently released some software to all my subscribers. It’s an optin footer that greatly increases the optin rate for your website. In order to help people get maximum benefit from the footer, I held a webcast and installed it for a few websites, including customizations to make it fit with the website.

The reason I wanted to post it here is that it turned out to be a good tutorial about using a fantastic free tool (Inkscape) to create graphics for your website. I actually show you how to use Photoshop too.

You can download the HD version below the video. If you watch it on the page, click the full screen button so that you get all the details.

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92 Responses to “Optincrusher installation and customization webcast”

  1. EFT Tapping (Natalie) August 13, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    Daniel, we met at the Coming Home 3. Just wanted to compliment you on the photo. Lotsa personality, terrific lighting and makes you look super smart, which you are.

    Hope your business is exploding – you are worth it!

  2. Dave August 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I like the plugin! I also appreciate the installation and customization videos to make it just that much simpler. In one of the videos, you mentioned a future video that would discuss customizing the graphics. Any thoughts on when that will be available?

    • Daniel August 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

      This is it. If you watch this 45 minute video you’ll see how to use the original graphics file in inkscape to completely customize your footer.

  3. aj August 23, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    Nice plugin Daniel, And to give it away for freeyou are really moving the “freeline” to build a list.

    I Have a question about the plugin, How can you configure your plugin to show up on certain pages only or the blog posts only. For Example , I have a CMS wordpress theme and don’t want it to show on my lead capture page /squeeze page or homepage? The visitor will not be login into site.

    Great Plugin!

    • Daniel August 23, 2010 at 8:27 am #

      Right now this isn’t possible. I’m pretty sure a feature like that will make it into a future release though.

    • Pit August 26, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

      Great question, i am having the same problem, i just want the like button just a the TOP of the post and not at the bottom.
      It would be great if there was a way where i can just paste a peace of code in my template to call the plugin.

      keep up the great work!

      • Daniel August 26, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

        I think you mean the facebook like plugin. That’s a good idea. I’ll make that change soon.

  4. Claire August 25, 2010 at 2:58 am #

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for the plug-in. It’s a fantastic idea! The first time I saw it on the challenge web site I subscribed immediately to that site. It doesn’t impact the user experience, which is the key element.

    It will be interesting to see how it impacts my sign up rate.

    Thanks again Claire

  5. Lisa August 31, 2010 at 3:53 am #

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for the plugin, I think it’s awesome. Can you please tell me if it is compatible with the Thesis Theme as my IT guys is having a problem installing the video in the link?!

    Thanks again,

    • Daniel August 31, 2010 at 6:39 am #

      It looks like you got it figured out. Your site looks good. Of course it does work with Thesis as you’ve found out.

      • Lisa August 31, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

        Hi Daniel,

        Thanks for the reply and the thoughts on my new blog. I wasn’t actually specific enough on what I was asking. My IT guy is having trouble getting the video uploaded in the “click here” section of the plugin and says it’s because it’s not compatible with the Thesis Theme. Is that the case or is he potentially not proficient enough?

        Thanks again for the great plugin and your responses,

  6. Francis Peoples October 7, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    Hi Daniel,

    Just wanted to say how good the optin crusher software really is. I’m wondering if you can email me back because my business partner an I (who are based in Sydney, Australia) are just starting a local business marketing company here in Sydney. I also understand that you are full with work right now but we would be interested in talking to you about the possibility of liasing with us in a strategy capacity shich you would bill us for but we would then go away and get the work done by other contractors. Anyway I would really appreciate a reply and if this is not possible then perhaps you might be able to suggest an alternative!

    Keep up the fantastic work, Cheers Francis

  7. Greg October 28, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    hey dan, how come my optin get cuts of at the download button, it seems like it doesn’t fit my screen? look at my site http://www.herbodyfitness.com to see what i’m talking about.

    • Daniel October 28, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

      Greg, it looks OK to me, except that the navigation bar covers the lightbox. For that you’ll have to change the z-index of either the lightbox or the navigation on your site.

      • Greg October 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

        ok, but for some reason on my computer and the computer i checked it on, the download button overlaps, the arrow button. do u know why it looks like that?

      • Greg October 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

        i’m not really good at the html stuff, where is the z-index located and how do i change it?


        • Daniel October 29, 2010 at 9:26 am #

          Greg, you’ll want to go to edit plugin and find the file optincrusher.css

          Near the bottom of the file are the z-index settings for the lightbox. This line

          should be changed to something higher than the z-index of the navigation on your site.

  8. Brad December 8, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    Hey there

    I’m hoping you might be able to help. For some reason the plugin only seems to work for me with IE. (oddly enough)

    I can’t get the popup to show in firefox, safari or chrome.

    Any ideas?

    Many thanks


    • Daniel December 13, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

      Hi Brad,

      I’m not sure why that might be, unless you have it configured to show only for non-logged in visitors and you’re logged in with the other browsers…

  9. Mike Hobbs December 17, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    Quick question. I can’t find the answer anywhere…

    This code: [optincrusher_thankyou]

    Works when I put it in a thank you page within WordPress…

    But when I put it in a page outside of wordpress I can’t figure out where to put it so it works. Is it possible to do that or does the thank you page have to be within wordpress?

    Thank you


    • Daniel December 17, 2010 at 10:46 am #


      The thank you page has to be in wordpress since [optincrusher_thankyou] is a shortcode that actually gets translated into a cookie setting script on the page. You can probably create a page that will render the cookie script then view source and copy that into a static HTML page if you like.

      • Mike Hobbs December 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

        Cool, thanks for responding back. I will look into the cookie script.


  10. Steve Stelzner December 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Hi Dan,

    just installed + thank you for your work.

    Recently i paid $ for Digi List Builder slidein but did not like they’re footer
    slider, the rest i liked.

    Thus, i installed your Footer slidein.

    The dilemma i have is now your slider appears and their After Post text Before comments text
    does not.

    See a post from hunting.helping-us-with.com/officialblog

    + a post from camping.helping-us-with.com/officialblog

    to see what i’m facing

    I thought that by delaying for 5000 milliseconds that the conflict would be resolved,……
    …..but not so

    Any suggestions,


    • Steve Stelzner December 18, 2010 at 4:36 am #


      i just realized that DigiList automatically hides their slidein once
      someone has clicked on it. I did while testing it. They don’t have
      the option you have in the setup where the user can control this.


    • Daniel December 18, 2010 at 7:45 am #


      Everything appears to be working fine when I look at your site.

  11. Johnny St Louis December 20, 2010 at 10:47 am #


    I am having trouble intalling the opt in crusher on my wordpress blog. I do not have an option on my wordpress blog to “intall plugins” am I missing something or does wordpress no longer allow plugins? Please help!!

    thank you


    • Daniel December 20, 2010 at 10:56 am #


      optincrusher can’t be used on wordpress.com. It will only work on self hosted blogs.

  12. Jerome December 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Hi Dave,

    Great plugin! Got a quick question, for some reason I can’t get my autoresponder code to work properly with optincrusher. Here’s the code:

    First name

    E-mail address

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance,

    • Daniel December 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm #


      The code won’t come through on a comment. What email service provider are you using? I might have a video for it. You can also manually massage the form code to remove the style and other bits so just the basics are left.

  13. Marcus Baker February 19, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Hi Daniel,

    Love your plugin and going to work on customizing shortly. I am having a small problem with the way in which my form displays on the light box. Can you advise? Thanks.


    • Daniel February 19, 2011 at 6:41 am #

      what’s the problem Marcus?

  14. Mark Gilbert February 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Hello Daniel,

    Your opt in crusher is amazing, even compared to paid versions like slideincode.com which I currently use for my site http://www.ivyleagueotc.com.

    My partners and I are working on a huge upgrade for our website and would love to install your optin crusher on a site built with http://www.invisionpower.com. Could you show me how to complete this? We would be willing to pay for help as long as its reasonable.

    We really want to use this on a regular site.

  15. Brian March 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for the script… its brilliant!

    Do I put the [optincrusher_thankyou] code inside the MailChimp thankyou that gets put up after a subscriber signs up or….?



    • Daniel March 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

      Yes. You would put this in a page where the user ends up after subscribing to prevent it showing to him again.

      • Brian March 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

        Hi Daniel,

        Thanks for taking the time to reply. That’s what I thought. I navigate to Mailchimp->Lists->Forms->Signup Thankyou Page. I put the [optincrusher_thankyou] directly after the following text:

        We need to confirm your email address.

        To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

        I save it but it doesn’t seem to do anything.

        Any ideas?



        • Daniel March 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

          You don’t want it in the page that tells them to confirm. You want it in the page that you show them AFTER they confirm.

          It doesn’t do anything that’s visible. It just sets a cookie so that the optin form won’t display again.

          • Brian March 31, 2011 at 8:46 am #

            Thanks Daniel,

            I think my problem was that I was putting it in the mailchimp thankyou email as opposed to redirecting to my own thankyou webpage. Got there in the end with your help.

            Optincrusher no longer works on mobile devices such as iPhone now does it?

        • Daniel March 31, 2011 at 10:44 am #

          optincrusher won’t display on mobile devices. I may work on a mobile version at some point…

  16. Brian March 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Did I see in one of your online tutorials that you previously supported mobile devices… but not 100%?

    I think its a really good idea to create this for mobile. I drive most of my traffic to my blog at the moment using Twitter and I bet most of them are using mobile devices and therefore not seeing optincrusher which is a pity. Did you disable optincrusher from mobile devices by detecting the screen size and just not displaying it in that case, or is there a lot of coding needs to be carried out for mobile. If you could enable it for mobile browsers that are just as capable as a larger browser (e.g. safari iPhone) then that would be good.



  17. David May 31, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Hi Daniel,

    I added Optincrusher to my new site and it looks great, Thanks! The issue I’m having and its most likely because I don’t know enough, is that I can only collect emails, not the persons name. I’m using Feed Burner and can find no settings to change this in either place. How do I collect their name to?

    • Daniel May 31, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

      feedburner doesn’t support collecting names. Only emails. If you want to collect names and emails you’ll need an email service like aweber or mailchimp.

  18. Adam Barlam June 7, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Hi Daniel. I enabled your plugin on 2 of my sites (it is awesome btw!!!) But on one of my sites, it doesn’t show up. I *think* it may be a jquery conflict issue. How can I manually call the function/plugin if I wanted to try to manually load it in the footer for instance? Is this possible? Or is there something I can do if there is a jquery conflict? Your response is appreciated. Thanks.

    • Daniel June 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

      I wouldn’t expect jquery to affect it since I don’t use jquery. I actually chose to write the javascript myself so that it would be small and not add any download size/time to a page. The actual javascript is just a few kB. You can try removing jquery items to see if there’s some connection, but I don’t expect that to be the case.

  19. Roland Chandler June 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    What a dissapointment, subscribed to get the download to optincrusher and got asked for a password, which I did not get.

    • Daniel June 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm #


      Don’t be disappointed. The password is in the welcome email right below the download link. 🙂

  20. Joseph August 30, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    Hi Daniel, Thank you so much for creating this exciting opt-in plugin for free. I was just about to purchase pop up domination 2. Boy was I lucky this is way better. I am having a problem though. After I installed it the fields where the red arrow is pointing are not there, its just solid back ground how do I fix this?

    • Daniel August 31, 2011 at 1:24 am #


      It looks like you haven’t provided a form to display. The form will come from your email hosting provider, like aweber.

  21. Barb September 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm #


    Is it possible to configure the plugin for my home page only?

    And, the instructions to prevent the plugin from appearing to the already subscribed … has me stumped. I don’t have a site thank-you message. Using feedburner.

    The plugin is attractive, works well, videos are excellent. Thank you for sharing your work.

    • Daniel September 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

      Barb, It isn’t possible to limit it to the homepage at this time.

      I like your customizations. Great work.

  22. Jay March 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Is there a way to have a different footer add show up depending on what page is displayed?

    • Daniel March 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      Right now all you can do is omit the footer from specific pages. Other than that it either shows or it doesn’t.

  23. Joseph Karl April 24, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Wow this is an excellent plugin downloaded it and I am going through the customization video thanks heaps for this excellent tutorial and plug in cant wait to build my list.

  24. mike May 6, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Are there any programs that do the same thing as photoshop. the only thing i would really need is the selection tool to crop images

    • Daniel May 7, 2012 at 6:42 am #

      Gimp is an open source alternative to photoshop. It’s powerful, but not always easy to use.

  25. mike May 6, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Daniel I would also like to thank you and congratulate you on such a great tool.

  26. NIPIN May 8, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Boss, your software is lovely. thanks a lot. I could install it successfully, though i’m not a techie…

  27. Paul June 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Hello Daniel,

    I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to download your software. I installed Optin Crusher but the lightbox which opens and displays on a separate page is partially obscured by my theme’s menu. Am I doing something wrong? The lightbox has the menu bar running across it so it’s not usable 🙂 Is this theme dependant or should it work with all themes?

    Thanks very much

    • Daniel June 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm #


      It will work with all themes, but there are some themes that deviate from the typical WordPress approach. In those cases it takes some extra work and may require understanding of the inner workings of WordPress.

      I find that those are very few among thousands of installations.

  28. Marcia July 3, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Hi Daniel,

    Great plugin. We’re using the authnet one as well. The optin bar doesn’t seem to display properly on the site either for me or for two other people that have check on their computers.

    For some reason, the name and email boxes are one line lower than the red arrow.

    If it matters, we’re using Semi-Fluid Layout Type (-<1265px) on http://findminoritycontracts.com

    All the best,

    • Daniel July 3, 2012 at 10:57 am #

      It looks like you need to change the image based submit button to a regular submit button on your optin form. That should fix the slight alignment issue.

      Good luck.

      • Marcia July 4, 2012 at 7:28 am #

        Hey, thanks Daniel. Got it switched. Am clearly a coding ninja. Or possibly just very lucky with some copy and pasting. 😉

  29. Rob October 10, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Daniel, Really cool free plug in – and I am excited to use it. Quick question – does it work with responsive themes – ie: will it display properly for mobile viewing or does it shrink down?

    • Daniel October 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      it currently doesn’t work for mobile devices. It’s not responsive either.

  30. Leonid October 17, 2012 at 5:47 am #

    Can I transfer the plugin settings into Russian? The plugin does not have problems with reading the Cyrillic?

    • Daniel October 17, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      I don’t mind if you translated it for your sites, but the license prohibits redistribution.

  31. Nicole December 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Hi Daniel!
    I’m helping Erin at The Humbled Homemaker install the footer. I have inkscape on my computer but for some reason when I open “images” inkscape is not there. I tried grabbing one image but inkscape will not allow me to modify it. Tried uninstall/restall and still not working. Pls help! Thank you so much!
    Nicole 🙂

    • Daniel December 15, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      Hi Nicole,

      I’m not sure what you’re asking. If you follow the video directly, that should be all you need to get a customized look for your site. I suggest watching the video again.

  32. Lou March 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    This may have been stated elsewhere, but I could not find it… Does Optin Crusher work with Infusionsoft???



    • Daniel March 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      Lou, if infusionsoft can create an HTML optin form, then it will work with optincrusher.

  33. Tatyana May 13, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    thank you very much

  34. kodinz June 15, 2013 at 2:35 am #

    Hi Daniel. Just download the plugin and tried on 2 sites. 1 site not show the slide up/optin. Is it because not compatible with other plugin I have.

    The other one, the plugin work but i have to deactivate several plugins

  35. Polar October 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi Daniel. I am playing with the plugin. First timer with WP, but got it running, yey ! 🙂 I am doing the integration with Mailchimp. I was hoping on testing the customer response when having following fields required : Email, first name, last name, mobile. But that is very much info to get on one line in your slide-in. The mobile field is not showing. I tried to reduce the font size for the words email, etc, but still to much to fit on one line. How can I reduce the size of the input fields? I tried with the html tag “size” but that doesn’t work. I checked the css file, but I could not find any reference to the input fields.

    Another thing I am looking into is a way to have a 2-step sign-up. I like the idea of giving the visitor the first impression on the main page that here it is all about giving. Like “Do you want this bonus?? Click YES or NO” or any other for of having the visitor curious and engaged. It is only in the second screen where I can write some more info, all the benefits, bla bla bla etc, and then the request of entering the required information to get the bonus. You have the “click here to get on the second screen where I can write the “more info” bit, but is there a way to not have the email and name fields on the first banner, but only on the second?

    (been doing some email marketing research and it seem that there is a higher subscribe rate with this kind of setup (give, give and then ask something in return) compared to the “I want your email address but in return you get something from me…).

    • Daniel October 17, 2013 at 8:08 am #

      For that much information, I would put your form on another page on your site and use the optincrusher to link them to that page. Rather than put the form in the field and “process” it, you can just put the link in the lower field. Then on the optincrusher and in the lightbox it will show the link to your sign up page.

      When the form is embedded in the optincrusher it’s best to have one or two fields.

  36. Rich January 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Can Optin Crusher be set up to show a different graphic (and have a different email list) on each page?

    For example I want to give away a free video on one page with the subscribers going to one email list, and a free report on another page with those subscribers going to a different email list?


    • Daniel January 31, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

      This isn’t possible. The configuration is global for the entire site.

  37. Diego February 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Hi! Thanks for this amazing plugin! Id like to know if its possible to show only the optincrusher in the “home” of my website. How could i fill the “Exclude post/page” field in General settings?

    • Daniel February 12, 2014 at 8:37 am #

      The current version does not support exclusive page display. You would have to add every page to the exclude list to show only on the home page.

  38. Drew Taylor March 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    Daniel just to let you know, there is a conflict with your plugin and bbpress functionality. When you install and activate your plugin, if the user has bbpress installed and activated also, they lose bbpress functionality. Can we get a patch to remedy this?

    • Daniel March 20, 2014 at 7:43 am #

      We’ll take a look at that. I think bbpress is a forum plugin. Is that right?

  39. Dan Sacapano June 29, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    Hello Daniel, I am really interested in your OptinCrusher plugin and have tried numerous times to install it on my site http://www.wisehealthsource.com but to no avail.

    Have tried working with your support department but have been having communication challenges with them understanding me. Actually, at one point, support went into my site with my permission and did the install but they did not tell me exactly how it was done. I was led to believe by support that the mistake was mine when in fact, I later found out that the issue was with the theme I was using. In other words, I had done everything correctly for a proper installation but the theme was somehow preventing a successful install.

    Therefore, because I was not informed of the exact cause for the failed install, after they installed it successfully, I removed it and tried to install it again. I was told by support that I had failed to paste the optin code. Not knowing enough about the technical details of it, I believed support’s conclusion that I had done something wrong, specifically, they said I forgot the optin code.

    So, I removed the successful install and tried to install it again but it failed.

    Would you be willing to assist me?

    Thank you,
    -Dan Sacapano

    • Daniel October 27, 2014 at 6:56 am #

      Hi Dan,

      I just looked and it appears you have it running properly on your site. If you still have questions, you can watch the training videos at http://optincrusher.com again.

  40. GG October 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Daniel, thanks for providing your optin. I installed it on my website, but only thing that is coming on the webpage is the link to your website. I have SSL on my website. Is this preventing the opt in image from displaying? Ta.

  41. demetris December 22, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    Hey Daniel, great Plug In…i have one problem. In the footer, my “menu” covers optincrusher…

    I’m trying to get my subscribers to Get my free Ebook, so i’m using that theme…however, my Menu bar covers the optin crusher like its infront of it…how can i fix this? i’m not great with html, just point me to the right direction to just make it be on top…etc..


    • Daniel December 29, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

      Hi demetris. This sounds like a z-index issue search for z-index in the plugin files and increase the number until it tops your theme. Make sure that cache plugins are disabled, so you see the actual results of your changes. Good luck.

  42. Martin Hamilton January 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

    Well, this is exactly what I was looking for, uploaded and it looked so perfect and then I added my code from feedburner. The bottom of the optincrusher is cutting into my form. Decided to read these posts and saw somewhere that you said change Submit button size.

    Not able to do it in Feedburner so went to Mail chimp and made my form. Upon putting into Optincrusher I have the same problem. I am using the skinny form from Mailchimp also.

    Too bad. This was the perfect option. Any advice to make it work?


    • Daniel March 10, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

      the trick is to get mailchimp (or any other platform) to give you a raw HTML form. The default is often a javascript based form.

  43. Ashleigh Cole June 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    Hi there,

    I’m having trouble watching the installation and customization webcast, it keeps telling me that it’s not properly encoded for HTML5.


    • Daniel June 29, 2016 at 6:14 am #

      Ashleigh, Can you tell me where you’re trying to watch the video? I just tested it from a few different browsers and it plays fine for me.


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