Feature request: Widget for email subscription

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  • #78702

    pieterr
    Member

    Hi,

    I know that subscription forms for services like:

    FeedBlitz
    Squeet
    Rmail

    do not work, because forms in general are not allowed.

    Wouldn’t it be a good idea to offer a configurable widget for these services, so that people can drop them in their sidebar (and choose the service they like?)

    #78965

    drmike
    Member

    Best bet would be to submit a feedback with this. I believe Bloglines will give you a link URL for you to post in your blog allowing folks to sign up for their email updates. You could add that into a text widget fairly easily.

    #79035

    omtersaaist
    Member

    Hello Mike,

    a link to a subscription page is possible with almost any service.

    The problem with non-web-savvy users is that they get confused when they land on a subscription form on a site that has nothing to do with the blog they want to subscribe to.

    That’s even more so with non-English language blogs, I would like at least the first crucial step with the subscription form to be Dutch (I have a Dutch-language blog, and help other people with Dutch-language blogs…).

    But I’ll send a request to support directly, like you advised, thx.

    #79063

    eloheim
    Member

    I have a link to subscribe to feedblitz as a widgit on my blog. I used the email link configuration not the website form configuration which feedblitz provides when you register.

    When you click on the link on my site it takes you to a sign up page that is clearly subscribing to my feed. I have had plenty of people sign up with no issues reported. The only problem that has been experienced is that sometimes the feed gets caught in spam filters. I added instructions about that to the widgit as well.

    #79116

    thebarefoot
    Member

    Thank you very much eloheim. It took me a few minutes to figure it out, but I think it’s going to work. I’ve had readers screaming for email subscription service and wouldn’t have figure this out without your post.

    #79202

    koolio
    Member

    I would second this request (and will submit via feedback, too) as it would be nice to be able to have a email sign-up form in a widget.

    thebarefoot, if you’re interested, I found a very nice button/icon for “via email” subscriptions. So, what I did was use this button as a link to the FeedBurner email subscription sign-up page on my blog.

    I got the button from MacManX and have linked to his blog from mine at this post: http://koolio.wordpress.com/2007/02/26/a-couple-of-changes-at-koolio/

    #79204

    eloheim
    Member

    Thebarefoot:
    Glad it worked for you. I clicked on your link and it performed just as mine does. I would expect it to work great for your readers.

    #79218

    pieterr
    Member

    (I got an answer from the WordPress.com team:)

    Hi,
    We will introduce some form of email subscribe in the future. Quite how it will work is not yet decided.

    Mark

    #79247

    thebarefoot
    Member

    Why mess with “the man” when you got the woman, Mark? Smarter not harder is the way. Thanks again Eloheim.

    #79254

    drmike
    Member

    Why mess with “the man” when you got the woman, Mark? Smarter not harder is the way.

    huh?

    #79261

    audiovox
    Member

    must be a reference to eloheim’s avatar

    #79296

    quiana
    Member

    Okay I know this is supposed to be resolved but I still cannot get the link to work in the text box. I am NOT trying to add the html code but even this link http://www.feedblitz.com/f/?Sub=186985 does not show up in my sidebar as a link. It shows up exactly how it is listed here (a whole bunch of letters) and no one can click it. It is like it is just dead letters with a few symbols in between them. What can I do? It is getting to be too much to add every individual that emails me by hand into feedblitz.

    #79297

    drmike
    Member

    Please try this:

    <a href="http://www.feedblitz.com/f/?Sub=186985">Subscribe to me</a>

    Hope this helps,
    -drmike

    #79387

    I hate to be a complete moron, but man, this is really sending me for a loop! How do I get the Feedblitz subscription box? Can I use the link above? If there are instructions, I’ll be happy to read them….just gotta figure out where they are! Grrr…..
    Thanks!

    #79388

    Ok never mind…I finally found it!! woohoo!! :)

    http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/10/11/how-can-i-offer-email-updates/

    Thanks anyway!

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