Splash Pages with Meerkat

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Whether you want an additional opportunity to promote your own products and services need to squeeze in a few more advertisements to site visitors, the technique of using Splash pages is all the rage.

I came across an excellent jQuery plugin (which I just couldn’t keep to myself) for displaying these splash pages called Meerkat. Depending on the options set, the popup slides or fades into view from the top or bottom of the browser and remains in a fixed position while the rest of the page scrolls normally.

Those using Meerkat have a choice of providing a close option which closes Meerkat until the page has been reloaded, or a “dontShow” option, which closes the splash page until the browser session has ended, or for a set amount of days, depending on the options you have defined.

I would have included a screenshot but the developer Jarod Taylor has several demonstrations of the Meerkat plugin in action which are only a click away.

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SujeetP 12-18-2009 12:29 PM

This is pretty cool.. I'd love to have an option where the popup automatically fades away after a certain amount of time passes.

LorenM 12-18-2009 12:59 PM

Very nice!

The examples of sliding and fading in are a refreshing leap away from the typical (and hated) DIV slide-in over the page ad's that have been being used. the page space does not seem to be stolen and best of all, you are not intruding on the visitors "view space" like current slide-in ad's do.

Splash pages were proven to be a fail endeavor many years ago and should have died...never to be resurrected.

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