Creating a Place for Your Subscribe Box
As email clients begin disabling the forms that a potential subscriber could use to sign up, it becomes more important to have a specific place to bring them other than your cover page. One option is to create a special article that automatically appears in all issues, and then create a link to that article on the cover.
To start we will describe the configuration used here in Our Newsletter to link to a subscribe box on an interior page, thus avoiding any problems with those forms being disabled in email messages.
- Retrieve the source code of your subscribe box - Go to the Subscription Builder area of your account.
- Once there, under the preview of your subscribe box, click the View Current Source button in the yellow box. This will create a pop-up window with the HTML for the form inside it. Copy that HTML code.
- Next, create a new article.
- Set the in which issue should this article appear? setting at the very top of the page to all issues.
- Specify an article Title so that you can easily keep track of it. Something like Subscribe Now or subscribe will do.
- Go down to the Article Body field, and paste the HTML source that you copied in the last step from your subscribe box in there.
- Change the Article Format option over to HTML (Formatted Text) You will find this option under the Article Body box, Also, change the Article Position option to Determine position later. These changes will make the article available in every issue, and not allow it to be picked up on by any of the standard article elements.
- Once those settings are changed, you can click Use Editor under the Article Body and use the HTML editor to make any changes to the look and feel of your form, like removing any extra spaces. Just be sure not to remove any of the form fields or icons that are present. There will be a block of them at the top that are visible in the editor, but are actually hidden form fields, meaning that they’ll be invisible when viewed on the live page. The form won’t work correctly if these are deleted.
- When you have your form design ready, save in the editor, and save the article.
- Now you are ready to insert the link itself, edit the layout, and click <Add > button in the location you want the link to appear.
- Select Custom HTML (Empty Element) from the options provided.
- Click Use Editor under the Before field, and this should bring up the HTML editor for you to work with. Enter the text, or upload and insert the image you want to be the link to the new subscribe page.
- If you entered text, click and drag your mouse over that text to highlight it. If you uploaded a picture, just click on it to select it. Click on the Hyperlink button. In the Link Type dropdown, select the article you created for the Subscribe Box, and click OK. If the link looks good in the editor, click to Save in the editor, and save the element and layout changes.
You now should have a working subscribe page within your newsletter. Post your issue to the web and give it a quick test to make sure you have set it up correctly before you publish, just to make sure that you haven’t missed a step.
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