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Widgets »Follow Blog Widget

The Follow Blog Widget enables your readers to sign up to receive your posts via email.

Looking for more ways to add a subscription form? You can use the Subscription Form block!

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Adding the Follow Blog Widget

To add the widget:

  1. Go to My Site(s) → Design → Customize → Widgets
  2. Select the widget area to which you’d like to add the Follow Blog widget.
  3. Click Add a Widget
  4. Find the Follow Blog Widget in the search box
  5. Click the widget title to add it to your widget area
  6. Customize the widget’s settings
Follow blog widget preview
Widget settings

Here’s an example of the widget when it’s activated on a blog’s sidebar:

Follow Blog widget view for logged out users
View for logged out users
Follow Blog widget view for logged in users
View for logged in users

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Widget Settings

Widget title for followers/non-followers — Enter the title for the widget, which can include a different message depending on whether users are already following the site (followers) or not (non-followers).

WordPress.com users optional text – Enter a message to display to WordPress.com users. This will only be displayed when the user is logged in. The user will see this message followed by a follow button.

Non-WordPress.com users optional text – Enter a message to display to readers who are not logged in to WordPress.com. The reader will see this message followed by an email field and follow button.

Follow button text – Enter the message to display in the subscription button. (e.g. Follow, Sign me up)

Show total number of followers – If you choose, the widget will display the total number of followers, which is the sum of:

  • WordPress.com users following your blog
  • Any followers from connected Publicize services (Facebook and Twitter)

Note: This doesn’t include blog post (comment) followers.

Click here to see how to find more information about widgets’ configuration and visibility conditions.

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