Popup Maker Glossary of Terms

This is a list of terms with their definitions in alphabetical order. We use these terms throughout the Popup Maker Admin area and our documentation.

! (Not) Operator

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The Not or exclamation point ( ! ) operator checks for the opposite of a targeting condition.

Clicking the exclamation point icon turns the Not operator on and off.

  • A gray icon means the operator is off and the condition acts normally. Off is the default
  • A red icon appears when the operator is on. That means the opposite of the condition takes effect.

Examples

  •  All Posts: The popup can display on all posts.
  •  Blog Index: The popup can not display on the blog index page.


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Admin / WP Admin / WordPress Admin


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The administration or management area for a WordPress website. This is usually the first page you see when you log into a WordPress site with an Administrator role.

The official WordPress docs call the admin area the Administration Screen. Another popular name you'll see is the admin dashboard.

Once you're logged in with the Administrator role, you'll see the Popup Maker Admin menu.

We use Admin and WP Admin interchangeably in our documentation.

Advanced Targeting Conditions

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A set of  non-content based conditions set to control when a popup is activated to display. Can be used interchangeably with the free standard targeting conditions included with the plugin. Access to these conditions requires a premium plugin license active on a site. 

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Conditions

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Conditions are rules you can set up to target where you want your popup to load and appear. Conditions act like filters for your popups.

For example, you can create a condition for a popup to display only on your homepage or only for posts.

When you create a new popup, its default targeting condition makes the popup available on all posts and pages. That means new popups get loaded (and can get triggered to display) on every post or page on your site by default. 

We recommend using conditions to limit where a popup loads and appears. Loading your popups to only where they're needed improves your site's efficiency by not loading extra code.

Cookies


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Cookies are small files (about 4 KB) that a browser can create on your computer to store information. Cookies help keep track of your website session. 

Popup Maker lets you create cookies to remember when popups get opened. That means you can tell Popup Maker to do things like display a popup only once per visit (session cookie) or month. Popup Maker will check for any relevant cookies before it tries to open a popup.

For example, if you create a popup with a cookie that you set to expire in 30 days, that popup will appear only once in 30 days for each visitor. Let's break that down into 3 common scenarios:

  1. A visitor sees the popup for the first time. The 30-day cookie is set.
  2. If the same person (with the same browser) visits again within 30 days, they won't see that same popup again. The 30-day cookie is still active.
  3. If they visit 30 days after, they can see that popup once again. The original 30-day cookie expires. A new 30-day cookie is set.
Note: If you want a popup always to display, make sure you don't create a cookie for that popup ;-)

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)

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CSS is what gives style such as color, font, background, animation, and size to a web page. For example, you can define the color, font, and size of the text on your web page using CSS.

CSS is also smart enough to know the size of the display that you're viewing a web page on. That means you can use CSS to render a mobile-friendly page on smaller devices and a full-size page for wide desktop displays.

Under the covers, CSS is a language that has a syntax for selecting HTML elements and applying style rules to them. Here's an example.

			p {
				color: red;
			}
		

The "p" is the CSS selector for the rule. Its job is to find all the "p" elements in a web page. 

The "color: red;" is the rule to apply. Its job is to make the text color red for whatever the CSS selector finds.

So all together, this CSS is saying to make all text in a paragraph the color red. Want to try? Play with a live demo by changing the color to blue, green, or yellow.

If you're new to CSS, we encourage you to learn more about it.

See also CSS Selectors.


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CSS Selectors

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A CSS selector is the part of a CSS rule that selects or matches an HTML element. Any element that matches the selector will get or inherit the styles defined by the CSS rule.

A CSS selector can be a CSS class name (e.g., popmake-15), an HTML ID attribute (e.g., button-1), or even a link.

Popup Maker supports CSS selectors in the following ways:

  • For specifying an HTML element to launch a popup when that element is clicked.
  • For triggering a popup to appear after a specific HTML element is scrolled into view (scroll triggered popups).
  • For displaying popups only if any variation of an HTML element exists on a page (advanced targeting conditions).
See also CSS and Advanced Targeting Conditions.

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Debug Mode / Debug Tools

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Popup Maker contains a set of debugging tools that provide detailed information about plugin settings for each popup. The toolset can be activated either from the plugin Admin or within the browser.  Refer to the related article to enable the debug tools, and learn about the type of information they provide.

Docs / Documentation

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The set of documentation articles for the Popup Maker plugin. Articles are organized into collections and categories. Collections are the highest-order article grouping organized around a central theme or idea. Categories are small groupings of articles contained in a collection. 

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Extensions and Integrations

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A general group of plugins that includes both free and premium (paid) plugins.   Premium extensions refer to the 16 premium extensions to the free version of Popup Maker.  

Integrations refers to Popup Maker integration support for WordPress form builder plugins. Refer to the form integration-related article at right for the current list of plugins that integrate with Popup Maker.

Extensions / Extend It / Plugin Extensions

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Popup Maker provides specialized features through 16 different premium plugin extensions. View the list at the following locations:

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Integrations

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Integrations refer to the WordPress form plugins that work with Popup Maker.  A select group of form plugin shortcodes can be added to the popup editor and will render inside a popup on the front end. See the related article for the current list of plugins supported by Popup Maker, and how to trigger and manage them. 

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Newsletter Provider

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Popup Maker sells premium plugin extensions to integrate with the  MailChimp and AWeber email marketing apps. Other 3rd party email marketing providers can register their app with Popup Maker via the API properties and methods contained in the class PUM_Newsletter_Providers. 

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Overlay Layer

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A browser layer inserted between the content displayed on a screen and a popup. By default, this layer is styled to display the Default Theme with a white background color ( hex: #ffffff ). The layer is managed from the Editor’s Popup Setting Box -- Display (option tab) >> Advanced (category).

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Popup Maker Admin / Plugin Admin


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The management area for Popup Maker within the WordPress Admin. 

See also Admin.
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Popup 


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A popup or popup window is a smaller window that "pops up" inside a browser window. Popups appear when some event or action triggers them (e.g., after a click or an amount of time). Popups usually display on top of existing content. You can control how many times a popup appears by setting a cookie.

See also Popup Trigger and Cookies.

Popup Editor / Editor

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The primary area within the Popup Admin where popups are edited. In the plugin Admin, the Editor is accessed from the All Popups submenu screen. 


Popup Maker Admin Toolbar


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A Popup Maker button added to the WordPress Toolbar on the front of each site. Access to the toolbar (and button) requires administrator login.  Use the button to preview popups on the front end, find CSS selectors, and debug popups. 


Popup Themes

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A plugin submenu and option tab viewable in the Popup Maker Admin. The page displays 6 popup themes preloaded with the plugin. By default, each new popup is installed with the  Default Theme

Popup Theme Editor

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The editor screen where each popup theme is managed and previewed. 
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A popup trigger is an event (e.g., a click or length of time) that makes your popup appear. You must create a popup trigger for your popup to display.

You can create several types of triggers with Popup Maker:

  • Click Open: Displays a popup on a click
  • Time Delay / Auto Open: Displays a popup after an amount of time
  • Form Submission: Displays a popup after a form is submitted
  • Exit Intent (premium): Displays a popup when someone moves their cursor off the body of a page
  • Scroll (premium): Displays a popup when someone scrolls down a percentage of the page or when an element comes into view

To see a list of all premium triggers, visit our popup triggers page.

Popup Z-Index / Z-Index


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A CSS property that positions a popup in front of all other content on a screen. The popup z-index is managed from the Editor's Popup Settings Box >> Display (option tab) >> Advanced (category) >> Popup Z-Index (field).

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Responsive Sizes / Responsive Popups


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Popups are designed to display responsively and will adjust according to screen size. The plugin includes 8 responsive display options. Manager popup size in the Editor’s   Popup Settings Box >> Display (option tab) >> Size (category). 


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Shortcode

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Custom WordPress tags wrapped in square brackets ( [ ] ) that can be added to the post, page, or popup editor. They are used extensively in Popup Maker to provide users with added features in both the free and premium versions of the plugin. 

Shortcode Button

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A button in the Popup Editor menu that allows users to add a Popup Maker shortcode to the popup editor.

Standard Conditions / Standard Targeting Conditions

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The set of conditions included with the free version of Popup Maker.

Subscribers

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A table that contains the data submitted using the Popup Maker Subscription Form shortcode. All subscriber data is stored in a custom database table named ‘wp_pum_subscribers’. The table is accessed through the Admin at ‘Popup Maker’(menu) >> ‘Subscribers’ (submenu).

System Info


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Popup Maker detects system information about the site on which it’s installed. The data is available as a downloadable text file from the plugin Admin at ‘Popup Maker’ (menu) >> ‘Tools’ (submenu) >> ‘System Info’ (tab).  ---

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Targeting

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Limits the activation of a popup for display based either on content (post, page) or non-content conditions. The name of an options tab in the Editor’s  Popup Settings Box. 

Targeting Conditions

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Theme Settings Box

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The popup theme option settings box in the Popup  Theme Editor. Access in the Admin from ‘Popup Maker’ (menu) >> ‘Popup Themes’ (submenu) >> {name-of-theme} >> Edit (link). 

Theme Preview Box

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Found in the Popup  Theme Editor,  the preview box is located to the right of the Editor.  Each element of the preview box links to the option setting in the Popup Theme Editor. 

Triggers


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