Using Subscribe2

Setting up and using your Subscribe2 plugin is very simple and a great way to keep people up to date with what’s going on in your parish community. For example, if you wanted to send an automated email out when you upload posts (agendas and minutes etc).

1. Check that you’re not already using Subscribe2 – if its set up you might see it here.

2. Login to your site, and visit the backend, go to Plugins and check ‘Subscribe2′ is activated. If you don’ want to use it, then you can deactivate it.

3. Then you will need to create a page (if your Subscribe2 is set up, but not working, it could be because there’s no page set up). Write whatever you like, I used general ‘Thank you for subscribing’.

4. Go to ‘Widgets’ in the backend (under Appearance in the menu sidebar). Here you will need to find the Subscribe2 widget, and drag it to the ‘Primary Widget Area’ which is the right hand sidebar on the frontend of the site. Then change the ‘Post form content to page:’ to the page you just created. Mine was called ‘Thank you’. Save the widget.

5. Now you will need to go to the frontend of the site, make sure you log out – so you can see how it looks to the public. Test it with another email address, one that isn’t associated with the website.

6. Once you click ‘subscribe’ using the email address to test it, you should be taken to the page you created, and you should have also received a confirmation email.

7. Now if you log back in, in the backend, you should see at the very bottom of the sidebar menu ‘Subscribe2’ – where you can change the settings and look at the users who have subscribed to your site. Your test email should be there. If you didn’t click ‘confirm’ in the email, your email address will be red. If you did, it will be black.

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