Email Subscribers from WordPress

Ready to connect with your wordpress subscribers? Sending email is a powerful way to build relationships, boost traffic and ultimately see your website goals a reality. They’ve already expressed an interest in you, it’d be shameful to miss the opportunity.

As a wordress user, youve probably said, ok, here are my signups, but where’s the email button? All these controls, it should be here somewhere.

Unfortunately there isnt one.

Be it a security risk or a programming oversight, WordPress doesnt go all the way here. It allows registration and stores subscribers, but doesnt offer a built in way to stay in touch!

We know that mailing lists have been a magic bullet for website owners for years, but for some reason WordPress hasnt put the two together.

Its aggravating and slowing down production. Instead of working on our site or connecting with people, were searching for a way to get the job done. AND, theres no one simple answer for every website…

email subscribers from wordpress But there are options.

How to Email WordPress Subscribers

If you merely want to send an email when you update your blog, FeedBurner is the way to go. They offer a nice signup form code that gives your visitors options for signing up and automatically sends out an email when you update your site. In addition, you can see subscriber stats in the feedburner control panel.

Email Users is probably the simplest email plugin, and seems to do the job. It picked up my existing subscribers from the database and sent an email. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do.

Very nice. But its lacking some power. It doesn’t keep a log of what was sent, to whom and when.

Plus features:

  • Choose who to email by individual users or entire groups.
  • Email according to WordPress’ built in ‘roles’ (subscriber, contributor, author, etc), they’re called user groups here.
  • Updates your subscribers with new blog posts to their email.
  • Allow users to email each other through your site.
  • Extremely quick and easy to set up and utilize (under 5 minutes)
  • Being able to organize subscribers into roles has interesting possibilities.

The Email Users plugin could do the trick if you need something quick and lightweight that actually works.

I didnt see screen shots, so i took these from inside admin:





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Happy Emailing!

37 Responses to “Email Subscribers from WordPress”

  1. David Skok says:

    Thanks for this very useful post Trisha. I am now signed up with AWeber and busy creating the appropriate forms and responder emails.

    This was really helpful!

    • Trisha says:

      Great David! AWeber makes the nicest looking forms I’ve seen, eye catching, which can really make a difference, plus its easy. Let us know how it goes… You’re a “five time serial entrepreneur” IMPRESSIVE! Have your site bookmarked and I’m following on twitter, oh and I just tried (got an 84%!) Thanks for the resource!

  2. Renzo says:

    Very useful post !! Tnx a lot !!

  3. Nathan says:

    I have just installed the Email Users plugin after reading your post (you indexed well in google!). The biggest problem with this is that it puts the subscribers into the ‘to’ field meaning that all of your users would see each others email addresses. Not very privacy aware! But a great start.

    • Trisha says:

      Thats not good. Would be better to blind carbon copy everyone. There’s a newer version called Emu2. Someone took the original plugin and ran with it. Does the same exact thing, but maybe will fix the issue.

  4. Lotus says:

    Thanks Trisha for the well explained post. I will prefer Aweber or Mailchimp compared to email user plugin.

    • Trisha says:

      Thanks Lotus! I agree with you! Ive tried out Mailchimp to test their free service. Found it really difficult to design sign up forms and customize html. Configuration was a little confusing too… but its free and sends emails!

  5. Jan says:

    I’m trying to use Email Users 2 (0.32b), but my issue isn’t the plug in, but go daddy. Anyone have luck with sending out email from a go daddy wordpress hosted site?

  6. Jeff says:

    Nice article – thank you. My subscriber list is building fast and I looked for a built in way to email everyone and couldn’t find one. Thanks for sharing what the options are and the plugin.


    • Trisha says:

      Jeff, congrats on your subs list! I love to hear when people are doing well! Yes, email is kind of a pain in wordpress, easy to get subscribers, hard to get in touch with them. I hope some of these options work well for your growing list! Best of luck.

  7. Arturo says:

    Thanks! What I need to get started

  8. I can’t seem to even find my list of subscribers to my blog. Help! I don’t want to email them, I just want to see how many I have without using an plugin. Any ideas?

    • Trisha says:

      In your blogs admin, in the left sidebar, click the tab called Users. It should list all of your subscribers. i should be in there :)

      • I went to my dashboard and clicked Users. It shows me as the administrator, and that’s it. At the top it says:

        All (1)

        Maybe I’m not looking in the right spot? :(

        • Trisha says:

          sorry, i sent you to the wrong place. this is a little trickier to find in the hosted wordpress… Its in your ‘site stats’ From the admin bar, pull down ‘my sites’ find your site and click on ‘site stats’. At the bottom it says Totals, subscription and shares. There should be a link that says x active subscribers. Click on that and you’ll see a link to all of your subs. There’s a little more info about blog subscriptions and even comment subscriptions here:

  9. Trish
    Feedburner vs email. I have given people the ability to subscribe but I know a lot of people use Feedburner, including some WordPress users with lots of subscribers. I have a autoresponder programme but I have people who want to subscribe to my blog – which is the best way to do?

    • Trisha says:

      Roberta, Id say do both! Use your autoresponder to send newsletters and set up a quick feedburner signup to alert your readers of new posts. Feedburner subscribers can have your posts sent to them by email also.

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  13. Hello Trisha, and thanks for this post, I have over 50,000 subscribers to my blog, from before I had a contact form and opt-in on my blog, and was wondering if there was a way to email them and let those subscribers know of new blog post.

    Thanks for the great info, and it really helped.

    Richard Weberg

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