Feedburner is a very effective feed subscriptions manager and most of all is almost the only decent subscribe for email subscriptions but lately it seems that Google has it quite abandoned . If some time ago he had included the possibility of sending new publications to your favorite social profiles, not many months later he eliminated this functionality practically without warning and betrayal.
And this is just an example.
So why not look for a substitute for email subscriptions ?, it's more and why not look at a plugin that many of us already have installed? . Yes, I'm talking about JetPack which curiously has an email subscription system that also works great.
But you'll ask is it a good option or a substitute for Feedburner? surprisingly yes, and it improves in some aspects.
For example, its greatest virtue is that new publications are not sent once a day but are automatically issued thereby in less than half an hour your subscribers have in their email your new article .
Another advantage is that, when most email subscription plugins (there are and many) use the function
] wp_mail from WordPress, the email subscription system of JetPack sends the updates directly to the servers and from the servers of WordPress.com, which is responsible for distributing them .
There are more, and that is that your subscribers can manage his " readings " of WordPress.com and subscriptions to webs with this JetPack system in a single site, in his WordPress.com reader, and choose to send the publications.
Additionally, to You, you can follow the activity of subscriptions in the JetPack statistics system .
I think there are enough reasons, and more than Feedburner offers. Do you dare ?, Well let's see how to activate them …
1. Activate the JetPack subscription system
The first thing is to go to the JetPack screen (which you have to install before, of course) and activate the subscription system if you have not already done so.
2. Set up subscriptions
The next thing is to configure some subscription settings. For this you have a button just activate the subscriptions, but you will also find them manually in "Settings -> Comments" of the WordPress Desktop.
In both cases you get to these 2 adjustments, to decide if you offer a full subscription under the comments form of each entry or alone, or also to each new comment, which also serves as a subscriptions system to new comments, double function.
And what you will see on your site will look something like this:
3. Offer the subscription by email
In addition to the box we have seen before, like Feedburner, we have a form to facilitate the subscription by email anywhere on our site, in this case in the form of a widget, and very easy to configure.
In "Appearance -> Widgets" of your Desktop you will find the new subscription widget to be able to add it where you want from your sidebar …
From which you can configure As you like the messages that your visitors will see, to decide how to encourage them to subscribe, something like this could be …
If you want to personalize, and you're not afraid to touch code, you can tune to your liking the form following these indications .
4. Managing your subscriptions
Finally, in the JetPack statistics screen, you will find a message with the number of "followers" (this is only for you) at the left, which are the subscribers to your site.
If you click on the link of the " followers " you will see a full list of your subscribers, with their emails and the time since they subscribed, that for obvious reasons of respect for privacy I will not reproduce.
The emails they will receive are in HTML so they are fully operational for what a subscriber by email it must be offered, not like some subscription plugins by email, that send text-mode publications.
Also, as with Feedburner, your subscribers will receive a previous email to confirm the subscription, like so they can always manage their their scripts and cancel them so respect for the decisions of your subscribers is also total.
Something that is also great is that this system you have both WordPress.com and your WordPress hosted on your server.
As you can see, it is a complete system, if you hurry me more than Feedburner, which only offers a code to use in a widget and customize a bit, and the list of subscribers. The only thing that Feedburner gives you is a system for to export that list as an Excel or CSV file to customize the source and logo in the email and nothing else.
What nobody offers you, and that is the biggest handicap when deciding on one system or another, and for which sometimes it costs to be encouraged to change it is a system of "exporting import" subscribers, but it is not so serious, some will continue to receive their subscription by Feedburner, if you already had it, and the rest will do it from your JetPack, as simple as that.