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README.md

Hello-Bar

This is an open-source alternate to the Hello Bar service. It's a great way to capture leads, announce a sale or discount, etc. It supports targeting based on location, referrer, A/B testing, etc.

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NPM

Hello Bar demo

Usage

Basic usage

Install Hello Bar from NPM:

yarn add hello-bar

Initialize with text to display:

import HelloBar from "hello-bar";

new HelloBar({
  text: "Hello, world!"
});

Call-to-action button

Add class cta to your a or button for a large call-to-action button. Add the class wiggle for attention-catching animated wiggling.

new HelloBar({
  text: 'Buy my new book now! <a class="cta wiggle" href="#">Get $10 off!</a>'
});

Customization

These are all the options you can use in the constructor:

new HelloBar({
  text: "", // Text you want the banner to display
  hideClose: false, // Set to `true` to hide close button
  position: "top", // Set to "bottom" to have the bar in the bottom instead of top
  fixed: false, // Set to `true` to set the position as fixed (on scroll)
  move: null, // Element(s) to force add margin-top to, in case you have any absolutely positioned elements
  duration: 500, // Animation duration in miliseconds
  delay: 1, // Delay in miliseconds
  align: "center", // Text alignment in CSS ("left", "right", or "center")
  background: "#eee", // Background color
  textColor: null, // Black or white text is automagically determined; you can specify a color if you like
  size: "normal", // Set to "large" for a big banner like Hello Bar,
  disableBodyMove: false, // Set to true to not move the body slightly down,
  hide: false, // Set to true to not show the bar
  ipEndpoint: "https://ipinfo.io/json", // Endpoint to get IP info in case of location-based targeting
  i18n: {
    hideText: "Hide announcement" // ARIA-label for close button
  },
  targeting: {
    once: false, // Set to true to not show after it's been closed in this session
    onceUser: false, // Set to true to not show after it's been closed by this user EVER,
    params: { // Support for URL param targeting
      // Add key-value pairs here
    },
    // Some examples below
    location: { // Add targeting by location
      eu: false, // Set to true to only show in EU countries
      country: ["us", "ca", "in"], // Array of countries to show in,
      city: ["New Delhi"], // Array of cities to show in,
      ip: ["192.168.1.1"], // Array of IP addresses to show in,
      postal: [110048], // Array of postal codes to show in,
      region: ["California"], // Array of regions to show in
    },
    pathName: "/about", // Only show on this path,
    href: "https://example.com/about" // Only show on this URL
  }
});

move

In extreme cases, you may have an element with an absolute position on the page (say, 30px from top). To display the bar, we would then have to push the element below the hello bar's height (say, 30px + 20px = 50px from top). In this case, you can specify such element(s) in the move parameter.

The <body> is a default move case since, in general, it is going to be pushed down when the hello bar is visible. You can disable this setting using "disableBodyMove": true in the options.

Acceptance move values:

  • String containing selector: "h1#moveMe"
  • DOM element: document.querySelector("h1#moveMe")
  • Node list of DOM elements: document.querySelectorAll("h1")
  • Array containing selectors: ["h1", "div.move"]
  • Hybrid array: ["h1", document.querySelectorAll("h2"), document.querySelector("#divId")]
  • etc.

Use cases

EU cookie law message

You can show a cookie law message only in the European Union (EU) using something like this:

new HelloBar({
  text: '🍪 We use cookies and storage on our website. <a class="cta" href="/privacy-policy">Privacy policy</a>',
  fixed: true,
  position: "bottom",
  targeting: {
    onceUser: true,
    location: {
      eu: true
    }
  }
});

In the code above, setting targeting.onceUser will make sure that a user doesn't see the message again after they've closed it. Using targeting.location.eu will restrict message visibility within the EU member countries.

Product Hunt message

You can show a welcome message to users coming from your Product Hunt page:

new HelloBar({
  text: 'Hello Product Hunter! Use code PH20 for 20% off when you sign up!',
  background: "#dc542f",
  targeting: {
    params: {
      ref: "producthunt"
    }
  }
});

A/B testing

You can do client-side A/B testing by using an array for text instead of a string. You can then track specific events using HelloBar.on():

const bar = new HelloBar({
  text: [
    'You are seeing A! <a href="/link-1" class="cta">Click here</a>',
    'You are seeing B! <a href="/link-2" class="cta">Click here</a>'
  ]
});
// Track CTA clicks on Google Analytics
window.ga("create", "UA-XXXXX-Y", "auto");
bar.on("cta-mouse-click", e => window.ga("send", "event", "ab-test", e.getAttribute("href")));

Methods

You can use the following methods to manipulate the bar:

Method Description
showBar() Show the bar
hideBar() Hide the bar

Events

For analytics, you can listen to events like this:

const bar = new HelloBar({
  text: 'Hello world!'
});
bar.on("mouse-click", () => {
  // Do something here
});

You can listen to the following events. They all return the relevant DOM element (either the bar itself or the call-to-action button):

Event Description
before-created Called before the bar is first created
created Called when the bar is first created
after-created Called after the bar is first created
not-created Called when the bar is not created
mouse-enter Called when mouse enters the bar
mouse-leave Called when mouse leaves the bar
mouse-down Called when mouse presses down on the bar
mouse-up Called when mouse releases on the bar
mouse-click Called when mouse clicks the bar
cta-mouse-enter Called when mouse enters CTA button
cta-mouse-leave Called when mouse leaves CTA button
cta-mouse-down Called when mouse presses down on CTA button
cta-mouse-up Called when mouse releases on CTA button
cta-mouse-click Called when mouse clicks CTA button
show-bar Called when the bar is shown
hide-bar Called when the bar is hidden
close-bar Called when the close button is clicked
color-bar Called when the bar is colored (returns colors)
calculate-height Called when the bar's height is calculated (returns height)
move-element Called when an element is moved (returns element)
start-ip-info Called when the IP fetch request is started
fetch-ip-info Called when the IP fetch request is returned
error-ip-info Called when the IP fetch request has an error

Todo

  • Targeting features (single: true)
  • Emit events for hello bar showed, closed, cta hover, etc.
  • Random from text array for A/B testing
  • Better design customization (gradients?)
  • Support for other IP info endpoints (?)
  • Revisit ARIA for close button (?)

License

MIT © Anand Chowdhary