Following, Widgets & Sidebars

Widgets »Follow Blog Widget

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

Note: Readers who are logged in to WordPress.com can also follow your blog using the follow button in the top toolbar. Readers not logged in to WordPress.com will see a follow button on the bottom right corner of your site if you have the follow blog button activated at Settings -> Reading.

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

Once you add the widget to your sidebar from Appearance → Widgets, you can confirm or adjust the default settings:

Widget title – Enter the title for the widget. (e.g. Follow This Blog, Stay Tuned)

WordPress.com 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 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 – 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.

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