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No WordPress Follow Button (13 posts)

  1. SharonKatz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Our blog doesn't have the standard WordPress "follow" button. Can't seem to find any guidance on this or settings to add it. Tried to add a plug-in for it and that just put up an error message when you tried to "follow" using it. Posted on this topic a couple of weeks ago, but no replies. VERY new to WordPress... Assistance most welcome!!

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    There is no standard Follow button on a self-hosted WordPress site. You will need to install a plugin for this and it may take some experimentation to find the right plugin for your needs.

  3. SharonKatz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks, esmi. Is there any way to get pointed in the general direction of some plugins that work? The first one I tried did not. Is there anything I should look for in the plug-in description? Thanks again!

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You could try installing the Jetpack plugin.

  5. SharonKatz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks! I'll give that a shot. Sounds very sci-fi...and speedy.

  6. SharonKatz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    That may have worked, but leads me to follow-up questions:

    I installed both Jetpack and Follow Button for Jetpack but activated ONLY the Follow Button. Do I need to activate both? One versus the other?

    I tested the (new) Follow Button w/ two of my own e-mail addresses and I don't get an error message, but I also can't see any new subscribers on our list. Also, I received no confirmation of subscription at either address. So I don't know if it actually worked.

    I'm usually pretty good at figuring this stuff out. Typically, I'm not at such a loss...

  7. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    also can't see any new subscribers on our list

    On what list?

  8. SharonKatz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sorry--the User list (admin, editor, author, contributor, subscriber).

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Have you looked in Admin-> Users?

  10. SharonKatz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes. That's what I was referring to. Should have been more specific. And definitely made sure I selected "all users" too.

  11. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You have to wait for some visitors to actually subscribe to your site.

  12. SharonKatz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, of course. I know that. That's what I was testing. (Hence, my confusion.) I went on and clicked "follow" and entered my personal e-mail address as well as another unassociated work address. No indication of confirmation (either on screen or by e-mail. Nothing is "taking." Wouldn't that be a "subscription" or does it have to be to the RSS feed? We want people to be able to follow by e-mail if they'd like.

    So that takes me back to wondering what's wrong. And do I need to activate full Jetpack or just the Follow button, as I've done?

  13. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If you want people to follow your blog by email, you might want to look at a feedburner account & plugin.

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