Following, Widgets & Sidebars

Widgets »Follow Blog Widget

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

Note that readers who are logged in to WordPress.com can also follow your blog using the follow button in the top admin bar. Readers not logged in to WordPress.com will see a follow button on the bottom right corner of your site.

Here’s an example what it looks like when it’s activated on a blog sidebar:

Once you add the widget to your sidebar from Appearance -> Widgets, you’ll see that the widget settings look like this:

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

WordPress.com message – 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 message – 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 – When checked, 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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