When building your website, often you find out you need more than just texts and images to make it more complete and attractive to visitors. The Webnode web editor offers a wide variety of tools that can help you create an amazing website, such as the form builder and blog.
Don’t worry if you don’t find a certain function that you need for your web in the editor itself. The solution you are looking for is widgets. Widgets are applications from other websites that you can insert into your website through an HTML (embed) code. This way, they allow you to provide lots of additional features to your visitors and help to make your website more successful.
Adding any widget to your website is really simple. All you need to do is to create the widget in a third party website, customize it, generate its HTML code and insert it to any page following these simple steps.
There are countless websites offering all kinds of widgets on the internet, so finding the best one can be sometimes tricky. In order to make your choice easier, we prepared a small list of the best free widgets for your website.
1. Online booking
Reservio booking button is a great option for any business that requires a simple and user-friendly tool for managing appointments online. All you need to do is to sign up to the Reservio website, fill in all the information concerning the availability of your business and add a reservation button to your website.
With the booking button, your visitors can see available times and book an appointment that is suitable for both of you. It accepts your clients bookings 24/7 and offers a clear overview of your clients and appointments, saving your time and money.
Not sure how to add the booking button to your website? Just check our tutorial here.
2. Live chat
If you have a business website or an online store, it’s extremely important to offer efficient and fast customer service. Everybody knows how annoying it can be to have to wait a long time for a reply. Having a tool that allows immediate communication with your visitors is an excellent way of building trust and converting them into paying customers.
Smartsupp Live Chat is just the right solution for that. After you sign up to the Smartsupp system, you can add a live chat widget to your website and start chatting in real time with your customers and answering their questions. You will receive a notification every time a visitor starts a chat conversation with you and visitors will be able to send you a message with their email contact even when you are not online.
Check this tutorial about how to add live chat to your website.
3. Online survey
Online surveys are a great tool for market research and customer satisfaction analysis because the data is obtained from your potential customers themselves. With their help, you can discover new business opportunities and greatly increase the effectiveness of your website.
With the Survio online survey service, you can easily create your own questionnaires from scratch or use one of its many ready-made templates and customize them to fit your needs. Its user interface displays all collected responses in real time and includes many advanced tools for data analysis.
Do you want to try it for yourself? Just sign up to the Survio website and then follow these steps.
4. Facebook page plugin
Given that Facebook currently ranks among the 5 most popular websites in the world and is arguably the most popular social network, its importance can be hardly overstated. Whether you have a business or just want to share some interest with other people, you can make great use of opportunities it provides.
One of the many interesting features of Facebook is the possibility to create your own page and gather followers. Having a page on Facebook, you will be able to reach potentially millions of people and increase your online visibility. If you already have a Facebook account, give it a try and create your own page here.
When your page is ready, you can promote it on your website with the Facebook Page Plugin. With this widget, your visitors will be able to like and share your page without leaving your site. Check this tutorial about how to add any Facebook widget to your website.
5. Share buttons
Besides Facebook, there are lots of other services which you can use to promote your websites, such as Twitter, WhatsApp, LinkedIn or email. Thankfully, you don’t need to create a special widget for each of these services. AddThis share buttons provide a simple all in one solution.
Add the social media buttons to your Webnode website following these steps and start getting more shares and likes and growing your audience.
If you have a personal website, particularly a blog, make it possible for your visitors to express their opinion and bring them into the conversation. This will help you create a vibrant and interactive website. With our blog feature, you can easily enable Facebook comments in all your posts in your blog’s settings.
Of course, not everybody is on Facebook, so why not to try also the Disqus comments widget? This tool alerts you every time someone leaves a new comment. In addition, you also have the option to approve or delete the comment before it is posted on your website.
7. PayPal payment button
If you want to charge for some service, sell only one or a few items or if you have a nonprofit website and want to receive a donation, the PayPal payment button is the perfect solution. It’s a simple and fast way how to receive a payment with just a few clicks and can be used in practically any kind of website.
Have a look at our video tutorial about how to add a PayPal payment button to your website.
8. Signup form
Whether you have a business website and want to promote more effectively your services and brand or a simple blog and just want to share important news, you can make great use of MailChimp email marketing. After you sign up to MailChimp or one of the alternative newsletter services, you can create your own email newsletter, customize it and add a signup form to your website. This way, you will be able to connect better with your audience, making sure that your emails are sent only to people who are really interested in receiving them.
Check the following tutorial about how to get the HTML code of a signup form for your website.
Other interesting widgets which deserve a mention here are, for example, the Twitter widget, which allows you to show any tweet on another website. Vocalreferences is a testimonial widget which makes it easy to get testimonials and video testimonials of satisfied customers for any business website and helps to increase its credibility for potential customers. The service Smartlook provides a tracking code that you can add to your website in order to see the website through the eyes of your visitors and find out what they are doing and what makes them leave.
These are just a few examples of the many great widgets which you can add to your website. If you have any tips for other useful widgets, don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comments.