Homepage Take Over funtion instead of Pop Up?

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I'm getting complaints that my site visitors are not able to see a pop up window because of the common pop up blockers. Can you do a "homepage take over" through Homestead?
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I have not tried it to be honest. I suppose it would depend on how it is implemented. If I knew the requirements of what you are trying to do, I could better answer the question.
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The website is for a political candidate running for office. Currently when visiting the site, a pop-up appears to encourage visitors to donate to the campaign. However, many people have pop-up blockers on their devices, so they are not seeing the donation prompt. The idea of a homepage takeover (or morph or overlay) is to have something automatically appear one the homepage and give the site visitor a few seconds (no more than 8 probably) to respond before delivering them to the regular site. I am not sure if it can be accomplished through html code (I am not a coder, but used Homestead's pop code generator for the site currently). I guess it's sort of like a pop up without actually being one. Does any of that make sense?  

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I understand the concept of it, but am not sure of the implementation requirements. It has to be different than straight HTML pop up, otherwise it wouldn't work. I will see if I can find anything out, but with the costs I see listed for this service, it may not be very easy to do yourself.
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Thanks for your feedback and I sincerely appreciate your willingness to look into this. I have found a work around at least for now, so I didn't want you spending unnecessary time on this. I found a free service online that allowed me to design a "flash" object that "fades in" when the html code is inserted into the homepage. Then I used the animation feature in Homestead's site builder to slowly fade the graphic out. It fades more quickly than I'd like. But it still gives a similar effect. I also linked the URL for the donation site into the html file. So - at least for now - it's better than what I had. Thanks again for your time and interest.

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Happy to help. You will find that Flash is not a good long term option. Chrome for instance disables flash by default and you must enable it on a site by site basis. iOS does not support Flash at all, so it won't work on iPhones and iPads, unless there is some 3rd party software installed on the device. I believe Firefox is getting close to doing what Chrome does as well.

Lastly, because of all this, Google is giving little ranking dings to sites using Flash. I don't believe it is very big yet, but it likely will be.
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I actually was using the term "flash" just to mean motion. But the site I used doesn't actually doesn't use that terminology. It says that this is a simple html code that allows "Animations with Responsive Support that will work on all devices with different screens." I didn't use the flash plug-in in the Sitebuilder to engage this. I just dropped in a little html code. Again, it's not ideal - but hopefully it'll get us through the election. Thanks again.
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Ok. That is good. I am still planning on looking though. I just need a little time.

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