How to Add a Jetpack Subscription Form Below Your Blog Posts

Blog subscriptions are one best way to get your readers be notified as soon as you publish a new blog story. And if you have Jetpack, then its a one-stop shop plugin for the right job. Jetpack Subscription allows you to add the Subscriptions module which sends an email to your subscribers every time you publish a new post.

That’s practical, but sometimes you may not want to bother your subscribers for something that might not be interesting to them.

To enable Subscriptions, navigate to Jetpack → Settings → Discussion.

Subscriptions options in the Jetpack settings of WP Admin

Activate the Let visitors subscribe to new posts and comments via email option to turn on the Subscriptions feature.

Read: How To Migrate JetPack Subscribers to MailChimp or Other Email Service

Once Subscriptions are active on your site, visitors can choose to subscribe to new posts, and/or to subscribe to new comments on a post they’ve commented on so they can stay involved in the conversation.

  • To allow visitors to subscribe to receive notifications of all new posts when leaving a comment, activate the Enable the “subscribe to site” option on your comment form option.
  • To allow visitors to be notified of future comments on a post, activate the Enable the “subscribe to comments” option on your comment form option.

You can also choose to be notified any time someone follows your blog. You can find the setting for this in the core WordPress settings.

Adding a Subscription Form Widget

The easiest and most commonly used method to add a Jetpack subscription form is with the widget.

  • In WP Admin, head over to Appearance → Widgets.
  • Find the widget called Blog Subscriptions (Jetpack).
  • Click and drag it to the part of your sidebar where you’d like it to appear.
  • In Widget title, enter the title for your subscriptions form.
  • You can choose to use the default form text or customize what you’d like the form to say in Optional text to display to your readers. You can also remove that entirely so that the form is just the title and the button.
  • Enter the button text you’d like to us in Subscribe Button.
  • Click Save.

That’s it! Jetpack takes care of all the rest. When someone signs up to follow your site, we send an email with a link to confirm their subscription. This helps to prevent spam followers. Once they’ve confirmed, we email them every time you publish a new post.

Adding a Jetpack Subscription Form Below Your Blog Posts

This setting is not available automatically on Jetpack, so there are two methods you could implement.

Lets start with the easiest method:

Method 1: The Jetpack After Post Plugin.

It’s quite possible to add a Jetpack subscription form below your blog post. The easiest way  is by displaying the subscriber widget below each post. It’s pretty easy to do this with a simple, just download this spiffy “Jetpack After Post Plugin” developed by Ashley

How to install this plugin

Ashely has packaged this up into a neat little plugin for you, if you’d rather just download it: go to Download “Jetpack After Post Plugin

You can install it by downloading and saving this zip file, then in WordPress go to Plugins » Add New » Upload and upload the zip file there.

She also recommends that if you’d rather use your own modified version based on the code, just make sure you’ve saved your plugin inside its own folder. Then zip it up into a .zip file, and install it the same way.

And just like that you will have the jetpack form automatically below every post.

Method 2: Jetpack Block/Subscription Shortcode

How to add a Form/shortcode to Posts and Pages

You can also include the Subscriptions form anywhere on your site. To do so, you can either use the Subscription Form Block or add the following shortcode to any page or post:

Please change () below to []


You can customize this shortcode by using the following modifiers:

Note: Make sure these are inside brackets [] to make them shortcodes, therefore change the () to [] for these shortcodes to work

  • title – You can change the default “Subscribe to Blog via Email” to your own custom text by using title. Example: (jetpack_subscription_form title="My Custom Title")
  • subscribe_text – This will change the default “Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.” text. Example: (jetpack_subscription_form subscribe_text="My custom subscribe text!")
  • subscribe_button – This will change the default “Subscribe” button text. Example: (jetpack_subscription_form subscribe_button="Sign Me Up")
  • show_subscribers_total You can choose to show your total number of subscribers alongside your form. You can use 0 to hide them (the default) or 1 to show them. Example: (jetpack_subscription_form show_subscribers_total="1")

Using the examples above, your shortcode will look like this (jetpack_subscription_form
title="My Custom Title" subscribe_text="My custom subscribe text!"
subscribe_button="Sign Me Up" show_subscribers_total="1")

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