Social media trends are ever changing and fast moving. Once you get on board with one trend, things change and we’re on to something else. With this movement, the push to grow your audience and grow your subscribers through building an email list. Places like MailChimp and Aweber have led the pack, but thanks to a new system call Convert Kit, many who are serious about growing their subscription base are jumping ship. We ourselves have just recently officially made the switch over and have been incredibly impressed. Most of those who use a Genesis based child theme find that using the Genesis eNews Extended Subscription widget not only makes it easier to coordinate their sign-up forms with their website, but also easier to implement whichever subscription service they are using.
Today we’re going to walk through how to integrate Convert Kit with the Genesis eNews plugin. First things first, you’ll need to download the plugin itself here or by searching for it in the plugin section of your site. You’ll also want to set up an account (if you don’t have one already) with Convert Kit. Once you do that, you’re ready to get started.
STEP ONE: Create your form
You can’t gather subscribers without a way to input their information. Creating a new form will allow you to gather new readers and offer the ability to embed this form anywhere on your site to up your numbers.
STEP TWO: Select your form style
ConvertKit is going to offer three immediate options for your form styling. Don’t worry. You can change the layout and edit the CSS later.
STEP THREE: Time to Integrate
As with MailChimp, you’re going to need to snag your form action code to get the subscription box to work. ConvertKit has made this a whole lot easier! Once you have your form created, embedding it into your site is as simple as grabbing the url. Once you get here:
All you’ll need to do is click on View. Your form will open in a new window. You’ll grab the url for that page. For this demo form, my url is:
To finalize this, you’ll use your same url mentioned above and add /subscribe.html the to the end of your url. That will serve to direct your new readers to your subscription so that they receive your updates!
*IMPORTANT: If your url from ConvertKit has any extra characters after the number you will not want to grab those. You want to only highlight and copy the url up to the end of the numbers, any additional characters could throw an error on the form.
STEP FOUR: Finishing up
Place that code (obviously with your own url) into the form action field and finish up your set up. The email and name fields are as follows:
- Form Action Field
copy and paste this url, replace the # with the numbers from your unique link: https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/#####/subscribe.html
- E-Mail Field
add the text: email
- First Name Field
just add: first_name
- Last Name Field
Leave this one blank.
All finished! Happy subscribing, friends!
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