If you've visited our demo page, then you'll have noticed that we offer two different types of Waitlist Widget (also known as a Waitlist Form): a large (full) widget and a mini one. This article will cover the major differences and commonalities between the full and mini Waitlist Forms.
At getwaitlist.com, we give you two widgets that you can easily embed into your website using any platform. Both waitlist widget types are great for collecting pre-launch signups, but they work slightly differently. They're designed to fit different use-cases. We cover them below.
Right in your Waitlist Dashboard! Navigate to a Waitlist of your choice, and then into the Widget Builder. All Waitlists can support large and small widgets, and both are available even on the free tier. In the image below, see the three tabs on the right: Full Widget, Mini Widget, and Hosted Page.
Clicking on "Full Widget" will show you the large waitlist widget and allow you to copy the Embed Code for the large widget. On the other hand, clicking on "Mini Widget" will show you the mini waitlist widget and allow you to copy the Embed Code for the mini widget. For copying the embed code, you can also set the widget type directly using the widget embed options.
The full widget is our flagship Waitlist Form. It's a true Waitlist form that can be quite large on the page. With the full widget, you can collect all the following information:
- First name
- Last name
- Phone number
- An unlimited number of additional questions. Obviously, the more questions or fields you add to your waitlist form, the longer it will be.
The full waitlist widget also allows the user to see their status in line, and when they sign up, it shows a success screen that can be configured to display many different pieces of information relevant to the signup:
- A success message
- Their position in line
- How many people are on the waitlist
- Their unique referral link
- Various social media links with pre-configured messages that the signed-up user can use to share their referral link
Furthermore, the full widget is embedded in what we call the hosted page, where additionally a logo can be visible on top.
The value proposition of the full waitlist widget is simple: it contains everything you or the user might need to sign up, submit relevant information, and refer their friends. What's nice about it is that it gives you the opportunity to display and customize a lot of text: custom titles and messages depending on whether the user is signing up or has just signed up.
The mini widget is a more recent addition. It's designed as an inline Waitlist that isn't as big or distracting on the page as the full Waitlist Widget. With the mini widget, you can collect only one piece of information: the email address of the user. It doesn't allow you to collect any additional questions, and will throw errors if you've configured your Waitlist to require additional information.
On signup, the mini widget also allows the user to check their status in line. On signup it will show them their position on the waitlist, and how many people are on the waitlist, unless you've turned that off in the settings, just like for the full waitlist widget.
The Large Waitlist Widget excels in detailed data collection and user engagement, allowing for comprehensive information gathering (including names, contacts, and additional questions) and interactive features like status updates and social sharing. However, its size can be quite dominating on a webpage. In contrast, the Mini Widget's strength lies in its sleek, inline design, making it less intrusive and ideal for sites prioritizing a streamlined user experience. It focuses solely on email capture, offering a simpler, more subtle solution at the cost of limited data collection and user interaction.
Both the full and mini widgets run analytics behind the scenes, sending data back to Waitlist whenever the widgets are displayed to a user. In both cases, the analytics capture the time and date when the widget was shown, the device type it was shown on (e.g. Android vs. iOS), and the full location (i.e. the URL including any URL parameters like UTM tags). So both widgets perform just great for purposes of you gathering metadata data on the users signing up.