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Widget Request : Subscription via email

  1. I'd like to see a widget which enables users (not neccesarily fellow wordpress bloggers) to enter an email address for subscription to a newsletter update of the site - a kind of "what you've missed".

    There maybe other uses for collecting email addresses, but that's essentially my request : a widget to collect an email address, stored on my dashboard, to be used for whatever purpose the administrator requires.

  2. that's a good suggestion, i'd like that too if it's possible

  3. Ditto, this'd really come in handy

  4. politicalcowboy
    Member

    I third that request

  5. Actually it's been discussed a few times already. I know that there would be a possibilty of abuse if allowed and then it would also mean adding in a few mail servers which is always fun.

    We had suggested back then one of those "Email me if this page updates" services as a method of doing this.

    Is a good idea though. I don't know how Matt and staff would feel about the possibitly of the abuse though.

  6. Abuse is an understandable concern. However, the submitter of the email address takes that risk, not wordpress.com.

    What if the widget had two fields : A subscribe and an unsubscribe field. That way, if an email address was added incorrectly, it could be removed.

  7. Perhaps you could support feedblitz or other similar mail service in a widget. Then wordpress wouldn't have to host the mail servers...

  8. That's what we suggested last time this subject came up. (Well, I suggested a google search due to a conflict of interest on my part.)

  9. have we got anywhere with this? I still see a good number of requests for forms (or some other ability to capture information from a user).

    A widget to capture an email address seems sensible as it means that there is no requirement for wordpress to help people building their <forms>

  10. I'm pretty sure that staff have read the multiple requests. Perhaps if you feel the request merits quicker attention and you you need an answer right away you could send it to them through feedback.

  11. Just because you think that there's "no requirement" doesn't mean there isn't.

    Remember, it's security vs features.

  12. I would appreciate this feature as well.

  13. I wonder did the phrase "security issues" simply disappear from consideration?

  14. keyboardcombatant
    Member

    umm actually u can use feedblitz on ur blogs right now. there's a link on ur setup page to a form which is hosted on thier site to signup to ur feed. thats what i've used. http://www.everythingelse.co.nr - scroll down the feed buttons in the sidebar, the last one sayys email signup - check that out.

  15. website not working just now... keen to see it though

  16. I'm also looking forward to this feature. In the meantime, I've been playing around with Feedburner's Subscribe by Email tool, which yields an html form which you can ideally paste in your sidebar's php. Since we only have widgets, I tried using a Text widget, but somehow it truncates the html code.

    From this:

    <form style="border:1px solid #ccc;padding:3px;text-align:center;" action="http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverify" method="post" target="popupwindow" onsubmit="window.open('http://www.feedburner.com', 'popupwindow', 'scrollbars=yes,width=550,height=520');return true">Enter your email address:<input type="text" style="width:140px" name="email"/><input type="hidden" value="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~e?ffid=42" name="url"/><input type="hidden" value="whatever" name="title"/><input type="submit" value="Subscribe" />Delivered by FeedBurner</form>

    To this:

    <form action="http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverify" method="post" target="popupwindow">Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner</form>

  17. That's because forms are removed due to security concerns.

  18. So, what's the meaning of this faq if we can't use it!?!

  19. @miaotze:
    You can use the Subscription Link Code. You just can't use the form code. The link code works! :)

  20. I see

  21. Since my last comment was a bit short, I'll add more. The link code will allow you to add a text link into a Text Widget on your site. When someone clicks the link, they will be taken to a form off-site where they can enter their email address and subscribe to receive your updates.

  22. Whats the latest word on optin forms on the sidebars? No word since Dec '06. Does anybody know of a way to use an onsite name and email form in their sidebar without having to go to another page? Id like to use my autoresponder and capture optins without having my subscriber click through "forever" to get to it. Thanks, Lori

  23. Hi guys.

    Feedburner and Feedblitz both provide reputable newsletter services. All you need to do is include a "subscribe by email" link in a text widget in your sidebar.

    It's not as nice as forms, but you can do quick hacks like I did and use an image for it.
    see my sidebars

  24. Holly Guacamole,

    Please Help, any chance of something SIMPLE FOR DUMMIES...Me
    Folks all I want is a way someone can subscribe, and when I add something new to my blog people get an auto email with a link to my blog.

    "TO SUBSCRIBE TYPE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HERE"

    My extended family and friends many have just joined the internet revolution like my Mum 72 years old. At this stage she has mastered looking up websites and sending receiving email. It would be really helpfully if anyone could point me in the right direction with the How To...
    My site: http://talesofatrailrunner.wordpress.com/

    Any help would be fantastic.

    Cheers

    Geoff

  25. All of the best instructions are in this thread. Sorry, there's nothing simpler. If your grandmother can use her web browser to see websites, she can just use that to see your blog once in awhile. Think of it as an incentive to put something there regularly.

  26. While waiting for such a widget to be considered it's useful to know that presently there is a way to provide email updates to those who subscribe http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/10/11/how-can-i-offer-email-updates/

  27. thanks, I was referring to the same url...but a widget would be helpful anyway...

  28. I'd also be interested in such a widget...

  29. I'm relieved to find this topic as i've spent ages trying to get the email subscription to work. Can anyone help me figure out how to set up a "subscribe by email" link in a text widget in my sidebar? Thanks to the above I've realized I can't use the code to embed the form in a wordpress blog but I can't seem to find any direction on how to set up the 'subscribe by email' link. Thanks!

  30. http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/10/11/how-can-i-offer-email-updates/
    Perhaps these instructions will be helpful http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/help/wordpress_quickstart#
    Be sure to select the ones for wordpress.com

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