Oh, Behave! How To Use Behavior Settings In Hustle

Oh, Behave! How To Use Behavior Settings In Hustle

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If you run a successful site for yourself or clients, no doubt you hustle hard. We do too! Hustle is our very own free marketing and lead generation goldmine.

Pop-ups are only the beginning for this plugin powerhouse. It also presents slide-ins, embeds, and social shares — with panache.

The integrated set of tools is feature rich yet a cinch to use. There are tutorials and documentation aplenty, available directly from the WP dashboard plugins page, or right here on our blog.

In this tutorial, we’ll cover the following:

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Alright, let’s get hustlin’…

What Are Behaviors?

Behavior settings in Hustle let you specify when and how your pop-ups, slide-ins, and embeds should appear. They work seamlessly alongside Hustle’s other options — such as Visibility, which lets you specify who your pop-ups should display to.

In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at the Behavior screen, which lets you set up precise triggers for your pop-ups to display when conditions of your choosing are met.

It all begins with creating a module, then we’ll deck it out in eye-catching accessories.

Need help creating a module? Read our article on How to Make the Perfect Pop-up.

Meet the Modules

There are three Hustle modules that have associated behavior parameters: Pop-ups, Slide-ins, and Embeds.

Each module has two possible types: email opt-in, and informational.

  • Email Opt-in is ideal for newsletter signups, or collecting user data.
  • Informational is perfect for promotional offers with a Call to Action.
Create pop-up type email opt-in.
Selecting pop-up type in the initial setup screen.

While each type suits a different intention, setting them up is much the same.

Modules and Their Associated Settings

Pop-up Trigger
Slide-in Trigger
Animation Settings
Slide-in Position
Animation Settings
Additional Closing Methods
Additional Closing Methods
Closing Behavior
Closing Behavior
Additional Settings
Additional Settings
Additional Settings

Handy chart showing which settings each Behavior module allows.

Now we’re ready for a deep dive into the behavior settings.

Making Behavior Modifications

Let’s make sure we’re on the same page… figuratively and literally. :)

From the Hustle Dashboard, navigate to the Pop-ups section, and either Create a new or Edit an already existing module.

Click on Behavior, so we can focus on those settings.
(By default, the module landing page opens to Content.)

Module Behavior Landing Page
We can access all of our options from the Behavior screen.

Now, let’s dig into the elements.


Schedule is our initial selector, and strictly uses time for activation. It defaults to start immediately after publishing, and to never end. However, these choices are changeable, down to the minute.

Set Schedule Default
The schedule for start and end dates (and times) is fully customizable.

To adjust dates or times, uncheck either blue box (Start or End), then click in the date field. A full editable calendar drop-down will appear, as well as drop-downs for hour, minute, and AM/PM.

Set Schedule Selections
The ability to choose your start and end dates & times is a nice flex.

Do you want your pop-ups to show up every day, or only certain days? All day, or only during certain hours? Whatever your preference, you can make it happen with Active On.

Click Selected Weekdays, and choose whatever day or combination of days that you want.

Active on selected weekdays
Active On let’s us choose to make our pop-up active only certain days.

Uncheck the blue box next to All Day and the time drop-downs become active.

Active on time set
Cater to early birds and night owls alike with Active On.

Even timezones have the ability to be tweaked. The default decides this using your visitor’s server, but you can fully customize it by clicking on Custom, then selecting from the drop-down.

Time Zone Selection
Select any timezone you want by specific UTC, or geographical location by continent.

Next, we’ll explore triggers.

Triggers (Pop-up & Slide-in Only)

The point at which a Pop-up or Slide-In module activates is important, and personal preference for these variables can vary widely.

Pop-up Trigger Main Menu
The wonderful thing about triggers, is triggers are wonderful things. :)

Triggers allow you to decide when, where, and how a pop-up appears, goes away, and/or comes back. There is a lot to unpack in these modifications, so let’s get started.

You can enable any combination of available triggers, or keep it simple with just one.

There are five different Triggers, each with its own subset of options.

  • Time
  • Scroll
  • Click
  • Exit Intent
  • Ad-Block

Let’s take a look.

  1. Time modules will appear after the chosen period of time passes.

    Triggers Time Delay
    Adding a custom time delay to your pop-ups is fast and easy.
  2. Scroll modules become active when the page is scrolled by a certain percentage, or when a user scrolls past a designated CSS element. Select the trigger you prefer, then input the settings.

    Scroll to Element
    Enter the selector class or id (of any on-page element) to use the CSS trigger.
  3. Click modules display when a specified on-page element is clicked. Both of these click triggers can be used at the same time, as well as having active multiple instances of each trigger, on any page.

    Click render a trigger button
    Both of these click triggers can be used at the same time, as well as having active multiple instances of each trigger, on any page.
  4. Exit Intent ensures users see at least one conversion option before they leave a site.

    Exit Intent
    Select Trigger once per session to ensure that a module only appears once.
  5. Ad-block will display a module every time Hustle detects an active ad-block add-on or extension in a user’s browser.

    Inputting delay time for the Ad-block pop-up.

Need some help identifying your element’s selector or rendering a trigger button? Check out the relevant sections in the plugin’s documentation.


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Ok, that covers all the nitty gritty on Triggers. With one final, important note: You must enable at least one trigger for your module (pop-up, slide-in, embed) to appear. Without any triggers, there is no user action that will ‘trip’ it into activation.

Animation Settings (Pop-ups & Embeds Only)

Modules can be animated as they appear and exit the screen. Choose the desired entrance and exit animations from the drop-down menus, and use the Preview button to see what they will look like.

I will note that Pop-ups have options for both entrance and exit animations, while Embeds have entrance animation only.

Twenty-eight different entrance & exit animations to choose from — wow!!

And now let’s bounce right into slide-in positions…

Slide-In Position (Slide-Ins Only)

Where would you like your slide-in to appear from? Click any of the available edge areas to set your designated sweet spot.

Slide-in Position (choose)
There are eight available areas to target for slide-in position.

Next, we’ll look at some additional closing methods that fall outside of the ones we already covered.

Additional Closing Methods (Pop-ups & Slide-Ins Only)

Most modules require the interaction by a user to trigger their closure. These Additional Closing Methods are intended to resolve instances when users do not interact with the module.

Close Pop-up When Clicked Outside
When Close pop-up when clicked outside is set to on, it automatically selects the same option under the Closing Behavior/Closed by settings.
Slide-in Close After CTA & Auto-close
Additional closing methods for your pop-up, other than closing it by clicking on “x”.

Let’s move on to shutting things down, or as social butterflies might say — knowing when to make a graceful exit.

Closing Behavior (Pop-ups & Slide-Ins Only)

These settings determine how a module will behave when it has been closed.

Closed by

The options that appear here depend on which options are enabled in the Additional Closing Methods above.

Pop-up closed by the visitor by clicking on “x” icon is the default, and it is recommended to leave this enabled, as it provides your visitors with the most familiar option.

You can also choose to auto close based on a timer, or by clicking outside of the pop-up. Settings allow you to select any one of these options, or any combination of the three.

Closed by Checked Options
The Closed by options are based on selections enabled prior in
Additional Closing Methods.


Your selection here will apply to the Closed By methods you select.

You can choose not to show a message on the post or page, across the entire site, or just keep showing the message.

Behavior Closed by (additional dropdown settings)
Selecting either of the Do not show Behavior options will open the drop-down for time selection input in Reset this after.

Moving on to our last set of behavior mods, providing additional settings for other conditions.

Additional Settings

These are a few additional options to give you more control over what happens when users interact with your page and/or module.

Page Scrolling (Pop-ups only)

If enabled, users can scroll a page while the pop-up is displayed.

Page Scrolling
Disable prevents users from interacting with the page until the module is closed.

Visibility after opt-in (Opt-in modules only)

This setting affects the pop-up visibility once a user has opted-in a form.

Visibility after CTA conversion

This appears only if Call to Action is enabled under the Content tab.

You can choose to keep showing, no longer show across site, or no longer show on a specific page/post.

Visibility After CTA Conversion
If you select No longer show this module on this post/page, the module will continue to appear, per its configuration, elsewhere on the site.

External Form Conversion Behavior

This setting applies to forms or other plugins that have been integrated into a module from external sources.

You can opt to close, redirect to form target URL, or do nothing (used for Ajax Forms).

External Form Conversion Behavior
Selecting Close the slide-in or Redirect to form target URL will open additional input fields for adding a time delay.

Annnnd… that concludes our sequence on behavior settings.

Well Behaved

We’ve gone through all the Behavior options in Hustle! You rock.

Continue to tweak the settings to your heart’s content, then publish to activate them, and prepare to behold the power you just unleashed.

As with all WPMU DEV plugins, publishing is never permanent. You can edit, preview, unpublish, or delete any of the modules you created at will.

Also, keep in mind that if your site only requires one or two pop-ups, slide-ins, or embeds, the free version of Hustle should be more than ideal for your needs (you can create up to three modules for each campaign type). For unlimited opt-ins, custom content, and social sharing, we recommend upgrading to Hustle Pro.

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Still hankering for more? Check out the full documentation and top tips from our Pros here: Hustle Help AND Get The Most Out of Using Hustle.

Have you tweaked any modules in your Hustle Behaviors? What's your favorite one? Let us know in the comments below.

Janette Burhans

Janette Burhans Janette Burhans is a blog writer, WhiP & Roundup contributor, and content creator at WPMU DEV. Her professional career as an author and artist spans over two decades, half of those in the world of WordPress. Her writing has been featured in Glamour magazine, and her personal blog, Platinum Pink. Connect with Janette on Twitter & LinkedIn.