Popup Maker Admin Introduction


This article introduces users of Popup Maker to each of the sections listed in the plugin admin box. 

Article Table of Contents

Each of the plugin admin menus outlined below links to a section within this article.

  1. All Popups
  2. Add Popup
  3. Popup Themes
  4. Subscribers
  5. Extend
  6. Settings
    1. 'Subscriptions' option tab
    2. 'Privacy' option tab
    3. 'Misc' (miscellaneous) option tab
  7. Tools
  8. Help & Support

1. All Popups

This option page displays all of the popups created on a site. The option table includes five (5) columns (from left to right): 

Column Required Description
Name Yes Refers to the name of the popup as stored in the database. 
Title No Refers to the popup title that displays inside the popup container on the front end. 
CSS Classes No Refers to the CSS class attributes created by the plugin for each popup. Each class is prefixed with the term 'popmake-'. The popup ID number (an integer) and slug-name are added after the prefix.
Opens No The number of times the popup is opened on the front end. The count is shown in the 'Analytics' box within the Popup Editor. The value can be reset to '0' in the Editor.
Date No Value depends on publication status.  'Published' popups report the popup date of publication. Popups with status 'Pending Review' or 'Draft', report the date the popup was last modified.

The first column ( 'Name' ) is required within the option table. Plugin users have the option on whether to display the four (4) remaining columns. 

Display of the optional columns is controlled in the 'Screen Options' box, which is normally hidden. Select the 'Screen Options' link in the upper right corner of the option page to display the option settings box.  By default, each of the four optional columns is set to display, unless that option is turned 'off' (unchecked). 

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On Hover, Edit Options Appear Beneath Popup Name

When the cursor hovers close to a popup in the 'Name' column, three submenus appear: 

a. 'Edit', 

b. 'Quick Edit', and 

c. 'Trash'. 

a. Edit -- This menu option opens the Popup Editor page. 

Related article: Popup Editor Introduction

b. Quick Edit -- This menu option opens the hidden Quick Edit option screen on the same page. The following popup settings become available for editing:

  • title, 
  • slug, 
  • publication date and time,
  • password, 
  • password protection or private setting assigned to popup, and 
  • publication status

Popups with a status of 'Published' will appear on the front-end. They also are assigned CSS Classes in the 'All Popups' table. Popups with a status of either 'Pending Review' or 'Draft' will not appear on the front end, nor are they assigned a Popup Maker CSS class. 

Note: Select the 'Update' button to save any changes in the Quick Edit screen. Otherwise, changes will be lost. 

Related article: How to Pause a Popup

c. Trash -- This menu option moves a popup to the 'Trash'. In this state, the popup is no longer available for editing or display.  Move the cursor near the popup name, and the submenu options 'Restore' and 'Delete Permanently' will appear. 

Select the 'Restore' option to reactivate a popup for editing and display. The popup will return to the 'All Popups' option table on whichever 'status' page it was previously shown; All, Published, Draft, or Pending.  

Select the 'Delete Permanently' option to remove a popup and all its associated data from a site. 

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2. Add Popup

This menu option adds a new popup by opening the Popup Editor page.  A new popup page can also be opened from within an existing popup by selecting the  'Add Popup' button at the top of the Popup Editor. 

Related article:  Popup Editor Introduction

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3. Popup Themes

This menu option opens the Popup Themes page.  Popup Maker includes six (6) preinstalled popup themes, any of which can be customized to your preferences. Each theme can be renamed to provide users with more meaningful titles.  At the top of the option page, the 'Add Popup Theme' button allows users to add and edit a new theme. 

Related article:  Popup Theme Editor Introduction

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4. Subscribers

Popup Maker version 1.7 added a subscription form shortcode ( tag: [pum_sub_form] ) to the base plugin that  allows users to save form data to a custom database table.  The form data can be viewed within the plugin admin on the 'Subscribers' page. 

The second column from the left ( 'Full Name' ) is required within the table. Plugin users have the option to display the five (5) remaining columns ( from left to right: email; first name; last name; popup; and subscription date). 

Display of the optional columns is controlled in the 'Screen Options' box, which is normally hidden. Select the 'Screen Options' link in the upper right corner of the option page to show the option settings box.  By default, each of the five optional columns is set to display, unless that option is turned 'off' (unchecked). 

Related article: Shortcode: Subscription Form

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5. Extend

The 'Extensions' page displays descriptions and links to 16 premium extensions available for the base Popup Maker plugin. 

Four (4) free, additional 3rd-party WordPress form plugins will work with Popup Maker without any extra setup. These are listed at the bottom of the page under 'Other Compatible Plugins'. They include: 

  • Ninja Forms, 
  • Contact Form 7, 
  • GravityForms), and 
  • Quiz & Survey Master.  

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6. Settings

Popup Maker version 1.7 introduces a new user interface for the 'Settings' option page. The base plugin adds three (3) option tabs:  

A. 'Subscriptions', 

B. 'Privacy', and 

C. 'Misc' (for 'miscellaneous'). 

A. 'Subscriptions' option tab

In it's present form, the 'Subscriptions' option tab doesn't do anything on the base (free) version of Popup Maker.  It provides a future user interface for 3rd-party newsletter applications to integrate with Popup Maker via our 'Newsletter' API.  When  the MailChimp Integration extension to Popup Maker is installed and activated, the 'Subscriptions' tab allows users to set and link to MailChimp as the default newsletter provider. 

Related article:  Email Marketing Integration with Popup Maker

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B. 'Privacy' option tab 

The 'Privacy' option tab includes 2 option categories: 'General' and 'Subscription Forms'. 

'General' -- This category includes one option setting; the ability to disable popup open tracking. This feature is located in the Popup Editor 'Analytics' box.  By default, Popup Maker allows popup open tracking (checkbox='unchecked'). When this option setting checkbox is checked, popup open tracking is turned off. 

'Subscriptions Forms' -- This category controls the default settings for all forms created using the plugin's subscription form shortcode. Users can override the default settings for a single subscription form while editing the form in the Popup Editor. 

Related article:  Shortcode: Subscription Form

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C. 'Misc' (miscellaneous) option tab 

The 'Misc' (miscellaneous) option tab includes 2 option categories; 'Misc' and 'Assets'. 

i. 'Misc' option category ( 7 option settings)

a. Disable Popups Admin Bar -- Popup Maker adds an element to the WordPress Admin toolbar labeled 'Popup Maker' (screenshot above). This button element allows plugin users to preview and test published popups on the front end of their site.  By default, the feature is set to 'on'. Selecting this option (checkbox="checked") removes the Popup Maker toolbar element from the WordPress Admin toolbar.

Related article:  The Popup Maker Admin Toolbar

b. Enable Debug Mode -- Popup Maker includes a robust set of debugging tools that can be used to evaluate plugin settings on any popup.  By default, this feature is set to 'off'. Selecting this option (checkbox="checked") allows users to inspect the settings of each popup on the Console tab within any set of website inspection tools.  

Note: Users can also temporarily activate the plugin's debug tools in the browser by adding the query string '?pum_debug' after a domain name (item 1 above).
In the above example (items 2 and 3), the Console tab is open in Google Chrome Developer Tools to inspect the popup settings for a published popup.

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c. Enable Easy Modal v2 Compatibility Mode -- The Easy Modal plugin preceded the development of Popup Maker.  Users of Easy Modal who export their plugin settings to Popup Maker can enable 'compatibility mode'.   This allows Popup Maker to launch a popup  imported from Easy Modal with the latter plugin's popup CSS classes.

d. Disable categories & tags? -- Popup Maker is registered with WordPress as a 'popup' custom post type.  Categories and tags within this post type are typically not needed by users. By default, Popup Maker removes categories and tags from popups. The option is setting is set to 'on' (checkbox="checked"). 

f.  Disable Popup Maker caching -- By default, Popup Maker loads its asset files one time and then caches them for use within the plugin. Some servers running Popup Maker do not allow these script files to load properly. This option setting allows plugin users to turn 'off' the plugin's caching system. 

g.  Disable the Popup Maker shortcode button -- The Popup Editor includes a shortcode button that allows users to add a trigger, close button, or subscription form to their popup. By default, the shortcode button is enabled within the plugin. Selecting this option (checkbox="checked") removes the shortcode button from the Editor. 

Related article: Shortcode button

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h. Disable Popups Menu Editor -- Popup Maker allows plugin users to set a popup trigger on a navigation element from the WordPress Menu editor ( open 'Appearance' -> 'Menu' ).  The plugin adds a drop-down menu of published popups to each menu settings box (see screenshot above).

Related article:  Open a Popup from a WordPress Nav Menu

Some plugins or themes modify the menu editor by targeting the same PHP class in WordPress used by Popup Maker. This code conflict removes Popup Maker's Menu Editor custom field from view, which interferes with a user's ability to select popups set on a nav menu element.  The related article below explains the problem and how to fix it. 

Related article:  Popup Maker Is Overwriting My Menu Editor Functions - How Can I Fix This?

In some situations, users may need to remove the popup trigger setting from the menu editor in order to restore other functionality within their theme. Selecting this option setting (checkbox="checked") turns off the plugin trigger setting from the menu editor. 

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ii. Assets' option category (3 option settings & 1 button)

a.  Don't Load Google Fonts -- By default, Popup Maker loads and stores Google Fonts to use in the popup themes.  Select this option (checkbox="checked") to turn off the loading of Google Fonts .  This is useful if the fonts you chose are already loaded with your theme.

b.  Don't load Popup Maker core stylesheet -- Users that choose to copy and paste the Popup Maker core styles into their theme stylesheet can disable those plugin styles from loading.  Select this option (checkbox="checked") to stop the Popup Maker from loading it's core styles. 

c.  Don't load popup theme styles to the head --  Users that choose to copy and paste the Popup Maker theme styles into their theme stylesheet can disable those plugin styles from loading. Select this option (checkbox="checked") to stop the plugin from loading it's popup theme styles. 

d. Button: 'Show Popup Maker CSS -- Plugin users who wish to manage unused popup themes styles can do so using this button. When selected, the button displays the Popup Maker core and theme styles.  

The plugin styles can be copied and pasted into a user's stylesheet.  Unused Popup Maker theme styles can be left out from the site theme stylesheet.

Use this feature in combination with checkbox options (b) and (c) listed above.

Related article:  How to Find the Popup Maker Core and Popup Theme CSS

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7. Tools 

This page displays three (3) option tabs: 

A. Beta Versions, 

B. System Info (default display), and 

C. Import/Export. 

A.  Beta Versions -- Allows plugin users of Popup Maker plugin extensions to receive notification about the release of beta versions for extension updates.  This allows existing extension users to contribute to development before the final version release is issued to all licensed users. 

B. System Info -- This tab displays information about the current site setup on which Popup Maker is running.  This information is sometimes requested of users when troubleshooting support request tickets. 

Related article:  Create a 'System Information File' About Your Site Setup

C. Import/Export -- This option tab contains a button labeled 'Import from Easy Modal v2'.  The button imports plugin settings from Easy Modal into Popup Maker. The Easy Modal plugin must be installed and activated on your site before the import button will work. 

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8. Help & Support 

This page provides links to the following documentation and product information:

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A. Pre-Sales Questions -- A link to our 'Licensing, Upgrades, and Payments' document index page with links to 11 articles.

B. Getting Started -- A link to a curated list of the 10 most recommended articles on how to set up and use the plugin.

C. Frequently Asked Questions -- A list of the top 10 documentation articles most frequently searched upon by our users.

D. Advanced Documentation -- A list of 10 frequently consulted articles on advanced topics related to using Popup Maker. 

E. Extensions -- A link to the 10 most frequently searched articles on extensions to the Popup Maker plugin. 

G. Developer Documentation -- A link to our developer documentation on how to create custom conditions, view our jQuery API, and access our Newsletter API to integrate our plugin with 3rd-party email applications.


A. Join the community on Facebook. Each request requires approval by the group administrator.

B. View the full documentation for the Popup Maker plugin and its extensions ( https://docs.wppopupmaker.com/)

C. Submit a support request to our Help Scout ticketing system via the plugin admin. 

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