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  • 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!!

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  • esmi

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    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.

    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!

    esmi

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    You could try installing the Jetpack plugin.

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

    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…

    esmi

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    also can’t see any new subscribers on our list

    On what list?

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

    esmi

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    Have you looked in Admin-> Users?

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

    esmi

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

    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?

    esmi

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

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