WordPress: Email Subscribe Widget

The email subscribe widget allows people to sign up to your blog and receive notifications of new posts. This widget uses Google’s FeedBurner service to deliver emails to subscribers.

Before setting up this widget, you will need to connect your site to FeedBurner by following the steps below.

How to connect your site to FeedBurner

1. Create an account or log in via your Google account at http://feedburner.google.com.

2. In the “Burn a feed right this instand” option, enter the link to your site’s RSS feed. Your RSS feed is usually located at http://example.com/feed. For example, if we were going to connect the RSS feed for www.pipdig.co, we would enter https://www.pipdig.co/feed as shown below:

3. Click the “Next >” button.

4. On the next page, give your feed a name. This will form part of the email subject line when people receive notifications of new posts you publish. When you have chosen a name, click the “Next >” button.

5. On the next page, click “Skip directly to feed management”.

6. Click the “Publicize” tab in the options at the top of the next page.

7. Select the “Email Subscriptions” option on the left. Then click “Activate”.

8. Your site is now connected to FeedBurner. Click “Edit Feed Details…” at the top of the screen. Then copy the text from the field shown below:

In our example, we would copy the text “Pipdig”. Keep a note of this, you will need to paste this information into the widget options using the steps below.

How to setup the Email Subscribe widget

1. Go to Appearance > Widgets in your WordPress dashboard.

2. Select the widget called pipdig – Email Subscribe (FeedBurner) and assign it to any widget area, e.g. “Sidebar”.

3. In the widget options, paste the feed name you copied in step 8 above:

Click “Save” and the email subscribe form should now work. You can test this by going to your site and trying to subscribe with your email address.

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6 Comments

  1. Hannah

    Hi phil i have followed all the steps above but when I go to my website I am just seeing ‘Email Subscribe widget: Setup not complete. Please check the widget options.

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Hannah, this means that there is nothing entered in the “FeedBurner ID” field of the widget settings. You may wish to double check the widget options and make sure it looks like this example (except with your ID).

  2. Amy

    How do you find the statistics for the subscriptions when using this? 🙂

  3. danielle

    I do not want to use feed burner…they have bad reviews and I have not received any updated information from the site.

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