I’ve been asked a number of times how I place the newsletter signup box at the end of my posts. If you’re wondering what we’re talking about, click here and you’ll see.
Last month on StudioPress we announced that Genesis 1.9 will be deprecating the eNews and Updates widget that we include in our core framework. One of the biggest complaints and suggestions about our current solution was that it only supported Feedburner.
Genesis eNews Extended Plugin
I personally reached out to Genesis developer and community member Brandon Kraft about the Genesis eNews Extended plugin that he built. Thankfully, he agreed to develop and maintain the plugin which includes support for many email marketing providers.
Among those currently supported are FeedBurner, MailChimp, AWeber and FeedBlitz.
Simply follow the steps below, and you can add a newsletter signup box after your blog posts. With the Genesis Framework, you’ll be amazed with just how easy this is to do.
Below is all the code you’ll need — it includes two functions and some styling. Obviously you may need to add or change some of the CSS to match the look of your website.
Using the eNews Extended Widget
Now that you have your newsletter widget area registered and hooked after the post, you’ll want to grab the Genesis eNews Extended plugin and upload and activate it.
Head on over to the Appearance > Widgets screen in your WordPress dashboard and find the Genesis – eNews Extended widget and place it into the Newsletter widget area.
Make sure you fill out the widget options panel, where you can specify a widget title, text to show and a the other fields which might be required by your email marketing provider.
Building Your Email List
Now that you’ve successfully added your email newsletter signup box after your blog posts, it’s time to focus your efforts on email marketing and building your list.
Below are some additional articles on email marketing that you might find helpful: