How to Customize Your FeedBurner Welcome Message in WordPress

by Warren Davies
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FeedBurner allows you to keep your customers informed about updates to your blog. Most people subscribe to feeds through RSS readers, but some prefer to receive updates by email. As a protection against spam, FeedBurner requires each user who signs up by email to click an activation link. This link comes with a message that you can customize. This gives you a great opportunity to reach out to your customers, inform them of special deals or simply add a more personal touch to your communications.

Log in to FeedBurner at (full link in Resources). Click the title of your WordPress blog's feed, then click “Publicize” from the main menu at the top of the screen. Click “Email Subscriptions” under the “Services” header on the left, then copy the code from the large text box in the middle of the screen.

Open a new browser tab log in as an administrator to your WordPress account. Click “Appearance” from the menu on the left, then click “Editor.” Click the file to which you want to add the signup box -- for example, to put it on the homepage, choose “index.php.” Paste the code into the file at the location you want your signup link to go.

Return to your FeedBurner tab. Click “Communication Preferences” from the menu on the left and edit the options as you see fit. You can change the “From” email address of your updates, change the subject of your welcome message and change the main body of your welcome message. Click “Save” when done.

Click “Email Branding” from the list on the left. On this screen you can edit the font, font size, text color and background color of your emails. A preview of your changes appears at the bottom of the screen. When you are happy with how the email looks, click “Save.”


Make sure that your welcome email is appropriate to the style and image of your brand.


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About the Author

Warren Davies has been writing since 2007, focusing on bespoke projects for online clients such as PsyT and The Institute of Coaching. This has been alongside work in research, web design and blogging. A Linux user and gamer, warren trains in martial arts as a hobby. He has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in psychology, and further qualifications in statistics and business studies.

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