WebinarPress is a specialized plugin that allows you to offer webinars through your WordPress website. In the WordPress plugin ecosystem, there are typically extremely well designed and fully featured plugins for niche uses. WebinarPress falls into that category.
This plugin allows you to offer webinars on your WordPress website through YouTube, YouTube live, zoom, Google Hangouts, and more. You can offer live webinars, prerecorded webinars, Recurring webinars that run weekly, daily, or hourly , and more. You can also offer paid webinars, with a WooCommerce integration. That means that you can use any payment processor that works with WooCommerce, and your WooCommerce checkout.
many are looking to offer webinars as a way to generate leads. This plugin helps you do exactly that. By offering the Evergreen reccuring webinars, you can easily generate emails by offering perspective clients a valuable video lesson on the topic of your choice. During the webinar itself, you can set up a call to action to funnel visitors to a product, service, or any custom link. You can also offer incentives for your attendees to reach the end of the webinar, and there are tons of integrations too many different email marketing services like MailChimp and GetResponse.
There are tons of use cases for this plugin, especially in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're a small business looking too generate leads or share your knowledge, running webinars through your WordPress website is a great idea. There are many companies who will run webinars to generate high ticket high converting leads, and this plugin is designed with that in mind with their call to action buttons and email list integrations.
Another unique use case that we may be using this plugin four is on line church sermons. Many churches are closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but still need to get their message across to their congregations. Using this plugin, especially with its integrated live chat would work very well for this situation.
If you are an instructor or a coach, this plugin, with its zoom integration would work really well. WebinarPress Has a built-in hand raising feature, so if any students have questions, they can raise their hand and ask.
The backend design of the plugin is extremely well thought out, simple to use, and fast. When creating a new webinar, the only thing you need to do is enter the title, description, and link to the media. There are a bunch of other choices that you can fill out, but you only need three to publish the webinar. You can view the entire back end walk in in the video above. There a bunch of advanced features such as access control, so you can assign a webinar to a specific user role or even individual users, you can add custom fields, and you can add GDPR and consent fields.
On the back end of the plugin, you can also customize registration widgets which can be placed anywhere in your WordPress website via shortcode. This ensures maximum integration with your existing WordPress website.
You can view lists of your attendees for each specific webinar, chat logs of each specific webinars, all questions that were asked during the webinar, and set global settings such as email templates.
On the topic of email templates, this plugin will send out reminders to registered users when their webinar is about to begin. It comes with pre built templates, but you can customize them to meet your businesses needs, and go as far as including an HTML design. You can also set it up to integrate with a mailing list, and send out these notifications via GetResponse, MailChimp, and many more offerings.
The front end design of webinar press is extremely well thought out, and well designed. There are three main screens that come with this plugin.
The first screen is a landing page where you can register to attend the webinar. This landing page displays a countdown timer to when the webinar will begin, the description of the webinar, the featured image of the webinar, and a registration form. On the registration form, you can enter your name, your email, and select the time and date of the webinar that you want to register for. If it's a live webinar, there will probably only be one option for the time and date, but if it is a reccuring event, you can choose the time that works best for you. Again, you can also put the registration form anywhere in your WordPress website via a widget or a shortcode.
The landing page comes with basic CSS styling, but you can easily customize it to match your businesses branding with an included CSS boilerplate, which is discussed in the plugins documentation.
Upon successful registration, a “congratulations… you've been registered” screen will show. It will display what weapon are you have registered for, the date and time of that specific webinar and a link to the webinar.
Clicking on the set reminder link will load this interface which allows you to easily add the time and date to the calendar of your choosing. You have options for Google calendar, Apple calendar, and Microsoft. The plugin will also automatically email the registered attendees when it's time to join the webinar.
Once the webinars live and it is time to join, the visitor will click on the link contained in the email (or the permalink) and the webinar user interface will load. This is our favorite part of the plugin, as it is packed with features an extremely well designed.
To the left of the screen you have your main video interface. This will display any video that you have configured in the back end. For example, if you were streaming through zoom, your zoom stream would show up here. If you're using open broadcast system to stream via RTMP, it would show in this screen as well. Depending on if the webinars live, pre scheduled, or “play when you want”, it will either begin automatically playing, or the visitor will need to click the start webinar button. If the webinar is scheduled for a future time or date, the countdown will display the hours minutes and seconds to when the stream will begin.
You can easily pre record the video and run it as a live webinar If need be, though you also have the option to stream live via multiple providers.
On the right of the screen for the WebinarPress room, You have your interactivity tools. Here you can have a live chat, which is easily moderated, a list of active users, and a dedicated screen for asking questions. You can also configure the settings of the live room. This live chat is what sets this plugin apart from any other solution that you could purchase or build yourself. It's very easy to stream pre-recorded and live videos with this plugin, while running the live chat room as well.
On the bottom of the screenshot, you may see a blue bar. We didn't configure the call to action for this test example, but the call to action would display within this blue bar button, as well as a description above it. If you're trying to sell anything, or funnel anybody to a paying product (say this is a free webinar to generate leads) the call to action would be the best method of doing this. Not only would you be generating emails via the registration, you would be generating clicks to whatever you are advertising in the actual webinar using the call to action button below the video interface.
If you have any need for digital streaming, webinars, live chats, or anything Related to what we just described above, this is the perfect plugin for you. It is extremely well designed, easy to use and understand on the back end, and well designed on the front end. It's super customizable via shortcodes, CSS styling, and more. It works very well, integrates with tons of email providers and video offerings (like Google Hangouts, zoom, YouTube, and Vimeo ), and is sure to grow your business if you decide to begin offering webinars through your WordPress website.
In comparison to other offerings, this plugin allows you to run your webinars through your own website. Though it costs $197.00 per year, it's a lot cheaper than some other offerings, and allows you to completely brand the experience, collect user emails, and even offer paid webinars. Because it integrates with tons of video providers, you have a lot of expandability, and keeping it on your own website is definitely good for your company.