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Readers can subscribe to your posts if you add an email subscription widget to your sidebar.  

Here’s what it looks like when it’s added to a sidebar:

Subscribe by email widget

The default setting is to send a post excerpt email:

Subscribe by email example

Subscribe by Email Widget

The Subscribe by Email widget allows readers to subscribe to email notification each time you publish a new post.

You add the Subscribe by email widget as follows:

1.  Go to Appearance > Widgets

Appearance > Widget

2.  Click on the triangle on the right side of desired Sidebar to expand (so you can add the widgets).

Click on the triangle

3.  Drag and drop the Subscribe by Email widget from the Available Widgets into the desired Sidebar.

Add Widget

4.  The widget will automatically open — configure, click Save and then Close.

Subscribe by Email Widget Configuration options
  • Title:  Allows you to add your own custom title.  For example, Subscribe to this blog by email.
  • Text:  Allows you to customize the information on the widget.  For example, you could change it from ‘Completely spam free, out out any time.’ to ‘You can unsubscribe at any time.’
  • Subscribe button text:  Used to change the message on the subscribe button.

5.  Readers will now see the Subscribe by email widget in your sidebar.  They subscribe by adding their email address and clicking Subscribe.

Subscribe by email widget

6.  New subscribers are sent an email and have 7 days to click on the link to confirm they wish to subscribe to your posts by email.   Subscribers won’t receive any emails until they have confirmed their email subscription.

Add email subscribers

You can add email subscribers inside your dashboard as follows:

1.  Go to Subscriptions > Add Subscribers 

Add Subscribers menu item

2.  Add their email address.

Add the email address

3.  Click Subscribe

Please note:

  • Some email domains block the email notification.
  • If you are unsure if the email notification are being sent we recommend you test it by subscribing using gmail account which doesn’t block these emails.
  • If you receive the emails to the gmail account and the person doesn’t it means you need to use an alternative email address.

Bulk add email subscribers

You can bulk add email subscribers using a CSV file inside your dashboard as follows:

1.  Go to Subscriptions > Add Subscribers 

Add Subscribers

2.  Click on Browse to locate and upload your CSV file.

  • The best way to create a CSV file is to use NotePad and put each email on their own line and then save the file as a .csv file.
  • Users working on Macs need to use Excel, and save the file as a Windows Comma Separated (CSV) file. Saving as a regular CSV file on a Mac will cause import errors to occur.
Import subscribers

3.  Click Import.  

Confirm email subscribers

New subscribers added using Subscriptions > Add Subscribers and the Subscribe By Email widget are sent an email and have 7 days to click on the link to confirm they wish to subscribe to your posts by email.   Subscribers won’t receive any emails until they have confirmed their subscription.

You can manually confirm email subscribers as follows:

1.  Go to Subscriptions > Subscribers

Subcribers

2.  Select Not Confirmed emails from under Show emails drop down menu.

3.  Click Filter.

Filter emails

4.  Click Confirm Subscription.

Confirm subscription

Remove Email Subscriber

To unsubscribe from your email notifications readers can click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of their email notification or you can remove them yourself via Subscriptions > Subscribers inside your dashboard.

Here’s an example of the link readers use to unsubscribe using the email.

Cancel Subscription

Alternatively, you can remove email subscribers  as follows:

1.  Go to Subscriptions > Subscribers

2.  Search for their subscription.

Search for their email address

3.  Hover your mouse over their email address and click Cancel.

Click Cancel

You can also bulk cancel subscriptions by selecting the subscribers you want to cancel,  selecting Cancel Subscriptions from the bulk action drop down menu and then click Apply.

Bulk Cancel

Subscriptions Settings

The subscriptions settings screen in Subscriptions > Settings is where you personalize your email.

Settings

General Settings

The General Settings screen is where you can customize your settings (optional). Remember to click Save Changes any time you made changes to these settings.

General Settings page
  • From Name: Allows you to add your own custom from Name. By default, this is your blog title.
  • Reply-to-email address: Allows you to change the reply-to-email address. By default, this is set to no-reply@edublogs.org.
  • Email Subject: Allows you to add your own email subject.
  • Send how often: Allows you to control when the email is sent. In most situations you would leave it as “Immediately when a new post is published”.
  • Display a follow button: When this box is selected a follow button is permanently added to the bottom right of your blog.
  • Get Notifications: When this box is selected you will receive email notifications when readers subscribe and unsubscribe.

Mail Template

The mail template screen is where you can personalize the look of your email. Remember to click Save Changes any time you made changes to these settings.

Mail Template
  • Show full post content: If checked the full content, including images, will be sent by email instead of an excerpt.
  • Logo for email notifications: allows you to upload your own custom logo.
  • Show featured images: Allows you to add an image to your post excerpt email if your theme supports featured images the featured image will be included in the email notification.
  • Featured image in email
  • Header color: Allows you to change the color used in the header.
  • Header color: Allows you to change the text color used in the header.
  • Header text: Allows you to add some text to the header below your blog title.
  • Footer text: Used to add some text to the footer of your email.
  • Email text: Allows you to change the text used in the subscription confirmation email.
  • Email preview: After making changes you can send a test email to check your changes. Remember to click Refresh Changes after you have made any changes. The preview email uses Latin text as the default place holder text. It’s designed to show the layout of the email for testing purposes only and isn’t sent to email subscribers.