How to Add Blog Post Notifications on Web Design Services Website

blog post notifications

Some site owners may want to automatically notify their visitors of new posts on their site. While there are some blog post notification plugins available for WordPress, most do not offer options for rate limiting or customizing the email that is sent out to their users.

This can cause an issue with email sending limits that are put in place on most of our servers to prevent bulk spam emails from being sent out from our servers. Typically, you would want to use a third party for setting up blog post notifications. Below are two options which we recommend for setting up blog post notifications:

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Option 1: MailChimp RSS to Email


The tutorial includes steps for creating a list, more details for task is provided below.

RSS URL will be something like: ​http://example.com/feed/

When creating the sign up form for the site, if the form will be added to a sidebar or similar small area, choose the Super Slim or Naked form type. Here are more details on creating signup forms. ​

Next, let’s obtain the embed code. Once the embed code is created per this tutorial, send that code a plain text file (.txt file created with a plain text editor like Notepad or TextEdit) and we will take care of adding it to the site.

Note: If this is being added before the site is launched, URL for RSS feed may change after the site launches from http://example.com/dev/feed to http://example.com/feed so the URL will need to be updated in MailChimp accordingly once site launches.

Option 2: The Subscriptions feature of Jetpack

Will first need to sign up for a free WordPress.com account in order to properly activate and configure Jetpack for the site. After activating Jetpack, connect to WordPress.com account to enable the Jetpack features.

Subscriptions is turned on by default and will automatically appear in in the comments section whenever a user is adding a comment to a post. Subscriptions sign up form can be added to a sidebar or other widget area using the Blog Subscriptions (Jetpack) widget. To add a Subscriptions sign up form to a page, use this shortcode: [jetpack_subscription_form]

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Stephanie Lask Lead Front-End Developer

Stephanie is one of the lead front-end developers for Web Design Services. She builds custom websites from scratch with WordPress, using the approved design from clients. She also performs poetry, is a teaching artist with Arts For Learning, A Young Audiences of Virginia Affiliate, and is the coach for the poetry slam team called Verb Benders.

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