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 http://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:

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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Amber

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

  4. Ava James

    Hi, when my website was set up everything was working fine. But today it’s showing only 3 subscribers, yet yesterday there were 63. Is there something that could explain what has happened? Thank you ava

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Ava, unfortunately I’m not sure what would cause that. Is that number listed in your FeedBurner account?

      1. Ava James

        Hi Phil,
        In my feedburner account it says 11. On my website is said 63 yesterday. Today is says 3.
        Do you think changing to an alternative subscription plugin would be better?
        I am guessing the information is now lost.

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          I think you might be mixing up FeedBurner and Jetpack. To confirm, the signup form which is showing on your homepage is using Jetpack, which is not linked to FeedBurner. I don’t believe it is possible to display the subscriber number publicly with FeedBurner. This might be where the difference between the numbers is coming from.

          1. Ava James

            It was Feedburner, I have now deleted this and added Jetpack blog by subscription.
            However, the 60 have disappeared. With this subscription does it mean that every time there is a new post subcribers will get notification automatically?

            1. Phil (pipdig)

              Yeah both work in the same way, they’re just controlled by different companies. FeedBurner is by Google and Jetpack is by Automattic.

              1. Ava James

                Thanks, I have now figured out both, so know what to do if I want to use either. 🙂

  5. Neda

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. Amy

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

  10. 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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