No-Kill Pop Box Part II
In the "No-Kill Pop Box (Instead
of Popups)" article, the
part of this series, code was provided to make a box of content pop onto
the web page the visitor is viewing. It was presented as an alternative for
webmasters who are losing income because of pop-up killers.
A pop box is content within a rectangular area that might or might not be
visually similar to a pop-up, but which displays on top of the content of
the current web page rather than in a separate window of its own.
This type of message delivery mechanism has been called pop-in, pop-on, pop
over, and pop box. Here, we use the term "pop box."
This article will provide code to delay the appearance of the pop box and
the ability to display and vanish the pop box with clickable links.
There is an important distinction between pop-ups and pop boxes. Intellectually,
it's understood that pop-ups are separate windows and pop boxes are part
of the current window. However, when a webmaster decides to use pop boxes,
several things become clear.
~~ Unlike pop-ups in their own separate window, the
pop box must be designed to work with the web page,
else the page looks cluttered.
~~ Every pop box covers some of the window's content.
Unless they're stacked on top of each other, the
number of pop boxes on a page is self-limiting.
~~ If the surfer feels abused by the content or number
of pop boxes, s/he can simply close one window (or
go to a different page) and all the pop boxes close
along with the window.
Pop boxes can be controlled in ways
similar to how pop-ups can be controlled. Examples:
~~ Display only once per visit.
~~ Display after visitor has seen three pages.
~~ Display on every page until a certain action is
~~ Display 90 seconds after a page loads.
~~ Jiggle it a bit if it stays open more than three
~~ When one is closed, another displays.
But when the web page is closed,
the pop boxes are closed too, automatically. There is no residue -- no windows
are spawned all over the desktop. Everything is connected to the web page,
all nice and tidy.
Maybe that will let Internet users feel more in control and be more accepting
than they have been of pop-ups. Whether or not pop boxes will be more effective
marketing tools remains to be seen.
The "No-Kill Pop Box (Instead of Popups)" article provided the basic code
to create a pop box that contains a link with which to close it. Please see
article, for instructions on how to make the pop box.
opening and can have links outside the pop box to open and close it. The
additional function is named OpenNoKillPopBox() and is the first function
in the code on the demonstration page. See
Once you've installed the above, the pop box layer code style should be changed
That will keep the pop box closed until an "open pop box" link is clicked
This will put a "open pop box" link on the web page:
Open the pop box.
This will put a "close pop box" link on the web page:
Now close the pop box.
And this will open the pop box 10 seconds after the pop box code on the page
If you want the pop box to open sooner or later, adjust the number 10000
to reflect the appropriate number of milliseconds delay.
The above gives you more control over your pop boxes.
Future installments of this series will include techniques to control pop
boxes similar to how pop-ups can be controlled.
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