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New WordPress Email Plugin Integrates Subscriber and User Registration

Monday, June 08, 2009

UPDATE! This plugin now also adds "subscribe" checkboxes to your comment forms too! Click here http://blog.feedblitz.com/2010/08/get-more-wordpress-email-subscriptions.html for the news

I'm pleased to announce a public beta of FeedBlitz's very first WordPress plugin!

The FeedBlitz "Member Mail" plugin enables hosted WordPress blogs to integrate email newsletter signup with the user registration screen. With the plugin activated, the visitor selects a "subscribe me" checkbox when they register for an account on your site (see the example on the left). As well as registering the user, enabling the FeedBlitz checkbox seamlessly starts FeedBlitz's mandatory dual opt-in email subscription process.

You get the benefit of simplifying the subscription process for visitors, thereby greatly increasing the odds of gaining a subscriber as well as a user. Crucially, you get all this without having to work with the FeedBlitz API, which up until now was the only way to achieve this effect. Instead, just drop in the plugin, activate it and you're up and running.

You can also customize the text next to the checkbox. However, like all WordPress plugins, it won't work on wordpress.com sites. It only offers email subscriptions to your blog (so no IM or Twitter options). The plugin also does not eliminate the need for a regular subscription form or link on every page of your blog, since you want to be able to capture subscribers who aren't users, are visiting directly from search engines, or who are already users who will never go have cause to go back through the registration process. You can generate a new RSS to email subscription form at any time at Newsletters - Forms - Subscription Forms.

We've tested it on WordPress 2.7 but I see no reason right now why it shouldn't work on 2.5 or later (no doubt someone will tell me if I'm wrong :-) ). Support via the usual channels, comments welcome. You do of course have to have an active FeedBlitz account and an RSS to email newsletter set up. Links to help you with this are in the plugin configuration screen.

Download the FeedBlitz WordPress plugin here.

One final note: Thank you to Jenn Mattern (follow her on Twitter @queryfreewriter) for helping kick the tires pre-release.

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Blogger webduck said...

Tried to activate it, but it conflicted with Feedburner Feedsmith plugin. Deactivated FF and your plugin works fine then. Would like to use both though. :)

2:34 PM, June 09, 2009  
Blogger Phil Hollows said...

Thanks for the heads up - We're working on it!

3:53 PM, June 09, 2009  
Blogger Phil Hollows said...

@webduck - ping us over at support; got a new version for you to try that should cooperate better.

3:57 PM, June 09, 2009  
Blogger Tate said...

When my users try to register, they keep getting a error message that reads "Fatal error: Call to undefined function: curl_setopt_array() in /hermes/bosweb/web281/b2810/sl.moses3815/public_html/wp-content/plugins/feedblitz_membermail.php on line 137"

Can anyone please help me with this? I don't know what the problem is because I followed the instructions exactly. I am using wp 2.8. Thanks in advance.

11:39 AM, June 19, 2009  
Blogger Phil Hollows said...

Hi Tate:

You need the updated plugin (see http://blog.feedblitz.com/2009/06/updated-wordpress-plugin.html).



5:21 PM, July 07, 2009  
Blogger Chocolate Terremoteado said...

Hi is there a way for people to submit their zip code when they are subscribing to feedblitz?

4:17 PM, December 01, 2009  
Blogger Phil Hollows said...

To capture zip code at Feedblitz you define the custom field at Newsletters | Settings | Custom Fields. FeedBlitz ask for it at the same time the captcha test is completed.

4:30 PM, December 01, 2009  
Blogger Ben said...

I upload feedblitz_membermail.php to my Wordpress/wp-content/plugins directory.

When I go to the Plugins area I see all my plugins but no Feedblitz plugin to activate. I suspect that I'm overlooking something obvious but so far, no joy. I am fairly familiar with hosted WP sites however.

I have re-downloaded the zip file twice and unpacked it twice and have re-uploaded it twice - and all this into 2 different sites.

Thanks for any help.


11:03 AM, April 02, 2010  
Blogger Phil Hollows said...

hi Ben:

Sorry to hear that - please contact FeedBlitz support via support@feedblitz.com for help.

11:12 AM, April 02, 2010  

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