If you don’t currently put out a newsletter for your business or site, consider this: A newsletter can be an excellent way to keep your readers in the know about your latest posts, what’s coming, and what’s interesting in your archive. Plus, delivering your newsletter via email makes it easier for those readers to link back to you, without having to remember to do so on their own. Don’t forget too that emails are easily forwarded, making it that much easier for those readers to tell their friends, and they’ll tell their friends, and so on, and so on.
Given all those benefits, it makes sense to make it as easy as possible for readers to sign up to receive your newsletter. There’s a WordPress plugin that can help you do just that: Newsletter Sign-up. It offers, not one, but three ways for readers to sign up:
- You can add a checkbox to your comment or registration forms,
- You can include a sign-up form widget and
- You can add a shortcode to easily embed newsletter sign-up forms in your posts and pages.
Here’s a look at how to set it up and what it looks like once installed:
Installing Newsletter Sign-up
Installing the plugin involves simply downloading it from wordpress.org, then uploading and activating it from your plugins list on your admin page.
Once activated, the it should be available in your list of plugins.
From here, you’ll click on Settings to configure the plug in.
Configuring Newsletter Sign-up
Newsletter Sign-up currently supports the following newsletter providers but is not limited to those: MailChimp, YMLP, Aweber, iContact, PHPList, Feedblitz. The plugin can be used for other providers too as long as the configuration is done correctly. If you have trouble configuring your settings, there is detailed configuration help via the Configuring Newsletter Sign-Up – The Definitive Guide page. For now we’ll use one of the supported providers.
On the mailing list settings page, choose your Newsletter provider from the drop down list, then complete the fields that follow. If you don’t know the values off-hand, you can get them from the settings page of your newsletter service account.
The next step is to establish the settings for your mailing list check box. You can set up the text for the box such as “Send me the monthly newsletter” as in the example below. It’s recommended that you automatically check the box for sign-up as a subtle nudge to your readers.
The third step is to set up the subscription form settings. Here you’ll indicate what instructions to display to your subscribers, what the button to subscribe will say, and you can also set a thank you message to display once subscription is complete.
Implementing Newsletter Sign-up
Once you have your settings complete, you can go to your Widgets list and drag the Newsletter Sign-Up widget to your main sidebar or another location on your page. From the widget, you can set the title of the sign-up box and the text to display before and after the email entry box.
Save your changes on the widget, and then preview your site. The form should be visible in the location you specified in your widget settings.
Overall this plugin is super easy to set up and provides a clean display for attractive integration of the newsletter sign-up option into your site. You can make the integration of the sign-up option fancier if you have the skills, but even for beginners or those who just want a simple solution, this is a great choice.
Link: Newsletter Sign-Up