General FAQ

usage
  • Can I use If-So to create dynamic menu items?
    Yes, you can! Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create dynamic menu items.
  • Do I need to have coding skills in order to create dynamic content?
    Nope! To set dynamic content all you need to do is select a condition from a predefined list and set the content to be displayed if it's met.
  • How does If-So work?

    Though If-So offers a wide range of possibilities and advanced features, the basic usage of the plugin is very simple:

    1. Select a condition from a predefined list
    2. Set the content you wish to display if the condition is met (or leave blank if you do not want to display anything).
    3. Set the content you wish to display if the condition is not met (or leave blank if you do not want to display anything).
    4. Paste the shortcode of the trigger to display dynamic content on your website.

    Click here for a video and a detailed explanation

  • What is the If-So WordPress Plugin?

    If-So is a dynamic content WordPress Plugin, allowing site administrators to personalize content according to a predefined set of conditions or using Dynamic Keyword Insertion shortcodes.

    By providing your visitors with a tailored content experience, encouraging them to engage, convert, and buy more!

    Learn more:
    - Dynamic content
    - Dynamic Keyword Insertion

  • Which rules (conditions) can I set with If-So?
    If-So offers a wide range of conditions to choose from such as referral source, search term, and dynamic link conditions. The full list of conditions is available here.
  • Is it possible to use a different parameter instead of "?ifso="?

    Yes. You can display dynamic content based on any parameter you want. Simply, use the Page URL condition and set it as follows:

    If: Page URL > Conatins > ?your-parmeter; Then: Show dynamic content...

    Alternatively, if you want to create a condition based on UTM parameters, you can use our dedicated UTM condition.

  • Can I set multiple conditions for the same content version?

    Yes.

    Though the option to display a dynamic version based on multiple conditions is not built into the plugin interface, the same result can be achieved by nesting shortcodes. ie. creating a trigger and pasting its shortcode within a dynamic version content field of another.

    Example:

    Let's assume you want to display a Click to Call button during your business' opening hours and only for mobile users.

    1. Create the first trigger, set the dynamic version with a Schedule condition, and enter the Click to Call button in the version content field.
    2. Create a second trigger with Device Type = Mobile condition, and paste the shortcode of the first trigger into the version content field. Publish the trigger, and paste its shortcode on your website.

    The result: If the user device is mobile, the shortcode of the trigger with the shortcode condition will be loaded. If the Schedule condition is met, the Click to call button will be displayed.

    * The above strategy will do the trick. We’re aware it's not an elegant solution-- plans to add a simple built-in one is in the works.

  • Can I display a user's name on a website page utilizing If-So?

    Yes, you can.

    If the user is logged-in, use our User Details Shortcode

    If the user is not logged in, you can transfer the user's name as a value of a query parameter in the URL and use our Query-string Dynamic Keyword Insertion shortcode to display the value.

  • Are there styling options available? If so, how are they accessed?

    If-So has a WYSIWYG and HTML editor, just like WordPress' Classic Editor (before Gutenberg).

  • Is there a way to A/B test the dynamic content to know which version works best?

    Absolutely.

    Create a trigger with an A/B Testing condition in order to test up to four variations. To A/B test dynamic content, you'll have to use multiple triggers with conditions being the variations.

compatibility
  • Can I use the If-So WP Plugin with any WordPress theme?
    You sure can! We haven't come across a theme that the If-So WP Plugin can’t work with. If you experience any compatibility difficulties while working with your theme, contact our support team to resolve them.
  • Can If-So and WP Rocket be used together?
    Yes! Click here to learn more.
  • Is If-So compatible with all browsers?
    This one is simple – Yes.
  • Is If-So compatible with Page Builders (Content Editors)?
    Yes! As far as we know, you can use If-So with just about any modern page builder. Here are the most common page builders our customers use:
    • Gutenberg
    • Elementor (learn more about our Elementor widget)
    • Divi
    • Visual Composer
    • Beaver Builder
    • Theme Fusion (Avada)
    • Site Origin
    • Thrive Architect
    • Optipress3
    • Brizy
    Learn more >>
  • Can I use If-So with the Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) WordPress plugin?

    Yes. You can use If-So with the ACF plugin.

    The first step is to create an If-So trigger and paste its shortcode inside the custom field. Since Advanced Custom Fields do not render shortcodes by default, next you'll need to add the following filters to your functions.php file.  Please feel free to contact us if you need help with that.

    If you'd like to use If-So inside a Text field:
    add_filter('acf/format_value/type=teaxt', 'do_shortcode');

    If you'd like to use If-So inside a Text Area field:
    add_filter('acf/format_value/type=textarea', 'do_shortcode'); 

  • Can I use If-So on a multisite WordPress installation?
    Yes, you can. Each subsite will require its own license (or a valid license for multiple domains). If-So cannot be network-activated. The license will have to be activated separately on each subsite.
  • Will this work with server and WordPress caching solutions?

    Yes.

    Whether you are using a caching plugin or server caching, you can navigate to the plugin settings and enable the "Page Caching Compatibility" option. With the option enabled, dynamic triggers will be rendered in a separate request that will take place after the loading of the cached version.

    Learn more about Page Caching Compatibility.

  • Does If-So only work for Wordpress?
    Yes, at the moment If-So is only available for WordPress.
misc
  • Which version do search engines crawl?

    Which version search engine will crawl depends on the conditions you use and the order they are set in the trigger. Google and other search engines crawl the web stateless, i.e. without cookies. This is something Google has said many times over the years., the page Search For example, if you set a "New visitor" condition, search engines will see the content as if the condition was met. If you'll set a log-in condition, search engines will not see that content. If you set a "Dynamic link" condition - search engines will treat it like another page (you can set a canonical if you want).

    The important thing is that search engines will always see the same content.

    You can learn more about dynamic content and SEO here:
    https://www.if-so.com/dynamic-content-impact-on-seo/