How to Easily Show Public Notification to Your Website

The world is alarmed right now with the coronavirus.

Adding a notification on your website is a simple way to communicate what your business is doing for sanitation efforts.

Best of all, these notifications can be set up within minutes with a simple WordPress plugin.

Using the Cookie Notice Plugin for Every Notice

Over the last couple of years many plugins have been created to support European laws around website tracking and cookies.

These plugins are lightweight and can be used for many types of notifications.

This site uses the Cookie Notice Plugin which has many customizable options.

Key Features

  • Ability to display notifications on top or bottom of the website.
  • Ability to link to supporting pages.
  • Let’s you customize colors.
  • Free to use

How to Download Cookie Notice for WordPress

Login to your WordPress dashboard, click “plugins”, click “add new”.

On the following screen type in “cookie notice” in the search bar. Then select the plugin that states “Cookie Notice for GDPR & CCPA”. You’ll notice it has more than 1 million active downloads and over 2,400 five-star reviews.

Click the “Install Now” and then “Activate” buttons.

Customize Your Notifications

From the WordPress Dashboard click on “Settings” and then “Cookie Notice”.

The Notification Message

Next to “Message” you can write whatever notification you think is appropriate for your area and market.

Button Text

You can customize the text on the button that will make your notification disappear.

Privacy Policy

You can click “Enable Privacy Policy Link” if you want to redirect customers to another page on your website.

Many local businesses have created new pages to their websites that go into detail explaining what they have done in response to the COVID-19 virus threat (more on that below).

Colors

At the bottom of the plugin there are options to change the Text Color and Bar Color of your notification.

Click “Save Changes” and you’re done!

Please keep in mind it sometimes takes a minute or two for the plugin to refresh. You will need to use a new web browser, with no cookies, in order for you to see the notification live on your website.

The “Learn More” Page

Below are some images of emails and social media posts that have been recently seen involving small businesses and the coronavirus.

What is good about all these messages is that they convey a sense of personality that’s appropriate to each business.

(Breakfast Restaurant)

(Barber Shop)

Tastefully Promoting Indoor Air Quality

Many people will want to increase their air quality in times like this.

Promoting your business services in “troubling times” can be extremely distasteful and your business can appear tone-deaf if you do this incorrectly.

One email recently received from Verizon hits the right note of concern while highlighting a product they offer.

Here is a screenshot of that message:

This type of message is perfect to let your customers know about the air quality solutions you offer.

Wrap Up

Watching the news on what’s happening in the USA and abroad can be troubling.

As small business owners, we are part of the foundation of the American economy. It’s important for us to respond tastefully to the threat we all face. We need to keep our employees along with our customers safe and healthy.

Communicating with customers online is a great way to build unity in the country, to humanize your business, and put people at ease.

In many people’s opinion, it also just happens to be the right thing to do.