WordPress: Email Subscribe Widget (FeedBurner)

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 https://feedburner.google.com.

2. In the “Burn a feed right this instant” 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 https://www.pipdig.co, we would enter https://www.pipdig.co/feed as shown below.

Note! If you are using a “coming soon” plugin to block access to your site. Your RSS feed will not be accessible. You will need to removnig the “coming soon” page whilst setting up FeedBurner.

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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46 Comments

  1. Nick

    How can I change the color of the “subscribe” button?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Nick, we’re actually about to push an update for the Blossom theme so that the “View post” button colour option will also change the subscribe button too. If you’re ok to wait, that should be available within the next 24 hours. Alternatively, if you’d like to send login details for the site via the ‘contact us’ button above, I can update that for you manually.

  2. Nana Adwoa

    I have a question about Constant Contact subscribe button. It was working fine for a week and now when i go to look at my site the sign up tab/section that used to be in the sidebar has vanished. I tried re-inserting code but still nothing. What do I do?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Nana, sorry to hear you’re having problems with the Contact Contact widget. Unfortunately we can’t help to fix it since it is unrelated to the theme, however if you contact the Constant Contact support team they will be able to assist you.

      1. Nana Adwoa Abeasi

        Phil,
        I did that prior to reaching out to you and they told me it’s theme-specific and to contact you. Please help

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          I can confirm that the theme doesn’t interact with Constant Contact in any way, so I’m not sure what will be causing that issue. You may need to check if any of the plugins you’re using are breaking it somehow. Constant Contact’s support team will be able to guide you on that.

  3. Farrah Aslam

    Hi Phil,

    With this widget is there any way of displaying your subscriber count underneath the box so other viewers can see how many you have?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Farrah, unfortunately this is no longer possible with FeedBurner. However you could do this by switching to the “Blog Subscribers” widget instead. That widget should be available on the site if you are using Jetpack.

      1. Farrah Aslam

        Thanks for your reply Phil. Just one more question please – if I switch to the ‘Blog Subscribers’ widget, will my current subscribers have to resubscribe? Sorry if that’s a silly question.

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          No problem! Yes they would need to resubscribe, or they can continue to be subscribed via FeedBurner and any new subscribers coould use the new system instead.

  4. Dawn

    I’m trying to figure out how to manage my subscribers. According to Feedburner I don’t have any subscribers, but I know that I have some. How do I make sure that my Feedburner is set up correctly and tracking my subscribers?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Dawn, you should be able to see any subscribers in your FeedBurner account. If you have multiple feeds in FeedBurner, you may need to check if you’re looking at the correct one. You can test if the subscription form is working by trying to sign up with the widget.

      1. Dawn

        I did that, but for some reason it still says that I have 0 subscribers? Is there a way to figure out exactly where the subscribers are going to on the back end since I can’t see them from feedburner? People are telling me that their getting my blog post so I know that there is a subscriber list somewhere…

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          I just checked the signup form in your sidebar and it is connected to the FeedBurner profile called ‘fab40ward’. Hopefully that helps!

  5. Nina

    Hi there! I have the widget installed and people seem to be able to subscribe (I also tried it myself). However, I do have one issue though. When people enter their email address a window pops up in which they need to confirm that they are not a robot and and in which they need to click “complete subscription request”. On top of this window it reads (in red) “Sorry, not a valid Captcha answer. Please try again.” I managed to successfully subscribe. What does this error message mean? I tried looking for it online and couldn’t find answers. If you or anyone else has any idea I’d much appreciate your help. Thank you so much 🙂

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Nina! Unfortunately I’m not sure why that message is showing since it is part of the FeedBurner system rather than your theme. I’m guessing it might be temporary, so it could disappear after time. If not, you may wish to consider using a different service such as Mailchimp instead.

      1. Nina

        Hi Phil,
        Thank you so much for getting back to me! Makes total sense! I’ll see and maybe switch if it doesn’t go away as it can be confusing. Thank you so much for all your help and everything that you do. Your themes and service rock! 🙂

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          No problem, Nina! Glad to hear you’re happy with the service 🙂

  6. india

    Having the same issue but I don’t have a to be continued plugin enabled. Do I have to set up RSS somewhere? Sorry, I’m confused.

  7. Robynne Louise

    Hi Phil

    I have completed all the above steps but when anyone attempts to sign up to the subscription to my blog, it comes up with a “The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled”.

    Could you help me with this please? I have spent an hour trying to figure this out… at 1am-2am in the morning and officially give up haha!

    Thanks

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Robynne, this must mean that “subscriptions by email” are not enabled in the settings. You can check that by following the steps in this guide 🙂

  8. Helen

    Hi, sorry if I am being daft but I cannot find my RSS feed. I’ve tried different urls but it keeps saying they are web pages not feeds. Help advice suggests the feed url is located in the theme footer or sidebar but I’m not sure where to look? Can you help me? Thanks everso.

      1. Helen

        Ah, thanks ever so much Phil. Your help is much appreciated. I was going round in circles…. 🙂

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          No problem! You’re not the first person that this has happened to, so I think we may need to add a note to the top of this article. It’s easy to forget that the site is hidden whilst you’re logged in and working on it 🙂

  9. Valeria

    Hi Phil,

    Is it possible to put subscribe and location widgets in one row (in footer full width)? If I add it now – they are standing under each other. Thank you

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Valeria, if you place each widget in one of the “Footer Column X” sections they will show in a single row. If you place all the widgets in the same section they will stack on top of each other.

  10. Elle

    Is there a way to disable to Feedburner window from popping up or is that how Feedburner works? I would like for people to subscribe with one push of a button from the widget.

  11. Amber

    Hi Phil, is it possible to receive a message everytime someone subscribes to my blog?

  12. Neda

    Hi, is there a possibility to add a subscribe widget as a pop-up?

  13. Carrie

    Hello, I have a few subscribers on my page and they aren’t receiving alerts when I post new content. Is there a feature I need to activate for them to receive the email? Thanks!

  14. Leli

    Hi Phil, when I followed the steps for email subscribe widget on my dashboard it said Setup not complete. Then followed your link above, after I entered ID on Feedburner the subscribe box is active but below that the “email subscribe widget setup. Not completed” is still showing. How do i get rid of it please?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Leli, it looks like there is another Email Subscribe widget in one of the “Footer Column” widget sections. If you remove that it will remove the message.

  15. 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).

      1. Caitlin

        How do I get rid of “Delivered by FeedBurner” above the subscribe box

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          Hi Caitlin, I’m not actually sure where that’s coming from. Are you using any other FeedBurner plugins on your site?

  16. Amy

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

  17. 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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