How to Customize the FeedBurner Email Subscription Form for your Blog

I have been receiving requests from many readers to tell them how to customize the FeedBurner Email Subscription Form and today I came across a Blog Catalog discussion by a friend who wanted to know the same. So I decided to compile a How-To about the same.

So here’s it. Let us look at the HTML code of the Feedburner Email Subscription Form


{form style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; padding: 3px; text-align: center" action="http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverify" method="post" target="popupwindow" onsubmit="window.open('http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/
emailverifySubmit?feedId=1514663', 'popupwindow', 'scrollbars=yes,width=550,height=520');return true">Subscribe to Inspirit Blog's RSS Feed via Email:{input style="width: 160px" name="email" value="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~e?ffid=1514663" type="text" /}{/form}

Replace all curly brackets { and } to pointed brackets < and > please; Do a find and replace.

Explanation of the code:

form style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; padding: 3px; text-align: center

Change the border by changing the value against border; px implies width in pixel. In above line of code, the border is 1 pixel-wide.

Change the color of form by varying #HTML color. The color is specified as #RRGGBB where R is red, G is green, B is blue. The combinations can be set by using the hexadecimal values for each R G B i.e 0 to 9 and A to F.

Change the padding of the form, again measured in pixel width, by varying the value against padding in the above line of code.

Change the text alignment by varying the value against text-align in the above piece of code. You can chose : left, right or center.

action="http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverify" method="post" target="popupwindow" onsubmit="window.open('http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/
emailverifySubmit?feedId=1514663', 'popupwindow', 'scrollbars=yes,width=550,height=520');return true">

Keep this part exactly the same, just replace the feedId shown in red color with your own feedId that is same as the number in the end of the link to your dashboard at Feedburner. This part of code opens a separate Pop-up window measuring 550×520 px.

{input style="width: 160px" name="email" value="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~e?ffid=1514663" type="text" /}{/form}

This part tells you the width of the input form as displayed on your blog. Change the parameter against width in the above piece of code to vary the width of input form.

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Go Ahead! Play with the HTML code and customize it appropriately for use on your blog. Don’t forget to change the feedId; and replace { with < & } with >.

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51 Responses to How to Customize the FeedBurner Email Subscription Form for your Blog

  1. A u d e e says:

    πŸ™‚ try image replacement CSS techniques as well. You can find it in my blog and right click to see the code script.

  2. Abhinav Sood says:

    There is no image in a default email subscription form, so indeed it is a good idea to add an innovative image directing your readers to the subscription form

  3. Jirel says:

    Very useful article Abhi,
    Thank you for the post. I have customized the form of my blog.

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  6. Fare Soldi says:

    I have been having some problems with the feedburner email subscription form.
    Now, everytime a reader push the button to comment, he gets the feedburner subscription.
    How can I avoid it?
    I do not understand what I am missing!

    Please help!
    Francesco

  7. Fare Soldi says:

    Problem solved.
    I realized I did not close the form tags!!!

    Thanks anyway for the great tips!

    Francesco

  8. SaiF says:

    Hey Abhinav! REALLY HELPFUL post here! Well done, keep it up! =)

    Btw, I need to ask you if we can insert a custom field for name so that we can send out E-mails to subscribers like an autoresponder..

    That would really help me reduce the cost of running my blog!

    Thanks! =)

    • Abhinav Sood says:

      There’s no way you can do that because even if you insert a custom field for name (that’s easy HTML!), FeedBurner won’t use that while sending your RSS via email.

      This is a nice idea though! I can try writing to Feedburner suggesting the inclusion of this feature in a future update.

      Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  9. Predeep says:

    Very useful tutorial indeed i was thinking of putting an email subscription form at the end of my post since ages but never figured out how to do it.

    But thanks to your tutorial now all my post have a footer signature asking for email subscription.

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  11. Robert Mann says:

    The e-mail entered in your Feedburner email form does not carry over into the pop-up window. User must re-enter e-mail, so the form is actually worse than a link. I’ve yet to see the feedburner e-mail form function on a hosted WordPress.org site (there are 1,000 posts on how the form won’t function on WordPress.com sites, but zero explanation for hosted site, other than it should work). Even the Feedburner email form on ProBlogger.net doesn’t function correctly! We need a hero! (Sorry if I’m a littly crabby, I actually really appreciate your blog).

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  15. That’s a really useful tutorial. I never really liked the feedburner email box so I will have to try that. Thanks for the tips πŸ™‚

    One of the other things I’d like to learn how to do is write your own contact form – I’ll have to see what other tutorials you have on here πŸ™‚

  16. P.S.- You might want to check your plug-ins, especially if you’ve recently upgraded to wordpress 2.6 & make sure they’re all up to date – I got a long list of database errors after posting my last comment instead of going back to the page, but the comment did post.

    • Abhinav Sood says:

      I was playing around with the Permalinks here, and those were the errors showing up there for some time. I believe all my plugins are working fine, but I’ll see if any other commentator faces this issue. If there will be any problem, I’ll work to fix that asap!

  17. Jigsawman says:

    Not bad,im gonna customize mine right now

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  18. Shafar says:

    Check out my new post about Customizing Feedburner Email Subscription Box:
    http://jumbleblogger.blogspot.com/2008/09/customize-your-feedburner-email.html

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  19. woo thanks for that, getting to work right now!

  20. Pratish says:

    Abhinav – thanks for a very helpful post! I’m using WordPress as well and would like to know how you get the email subscription box to come up under each of your posts.. that’s brilliant! (Sorry am a bit new at this so don’t know where to put the code.. please help!)

    Thanks!

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  21. Very helpful post! Thank you so much. I am using it with my WordPress blog. The only thing I need to figure out now is where to put it in the theme.

  22. Troy Pentico says:

    Very useful post for non-techies like myself. Thanks.

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  23. Vincent says:

    I have tweaked the original code a bit to get gray text prefilled within the form field, and when you click on it the text disappears. It lets the form be a lot smaller. Check it out in action at http://offmanhattan.com

    The code for this can be found here:

    http://vcrossley.com/2008/12/customize-the-feedburner-email-subscription-form/

  24. Nice post. The fact you took the time to show the code for feedburner email subscription and how to change it for each thing makes this easy for anyone who wants to try it.

    I liked your post on targeting certain people for sites with adsense also.

  25. Shane Hudson says:

    This is very useful, I am about to do this right now!

    Thanks!
    Shane

    Ps. Be sure to check out my blog (click my name)!

  26. Night says:

    Good night, bloggers =)

  27. Pink says:

    what a real story..

  28. seo tips says:

    awesome information.iam pretty good at coding but never got this idea.thanks .

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  29. Great advice here, sucks i didnt close the form tags either, this definitely helped.

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  30. “Don’t forget to change the feedId”

    You could have left this out & maybe other blogs would be signing people up as subscribers for you πŸ™‚

    Also, you can wrap your html in tags, so that you don't have to use { } braces in your code demos. But this is just nit-picking, thanks for the tips.

  31. Dade says:

    I’ve never given this a try, but I think it’s about time I do.

  32. Bera says:

    Hey, is there a section just for latest news

  33. Hi, Nice post… I have got a question that is slightly related but off topic. Any idea why the feedburner emails that I receive in my gmail doesn’t have any images?

    • Abhinav Sood says:

      The feed publisher decides whether he wishes to send images through the feed or just the content so that the subscriber has to visit the blog to come see those!

      If the emails that you receive from Feedburner have no images, that’s none of your faults – its only because the publisher has not chosen to send them via their email RSS feed.

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  34. johan says:

    when people subscribe, they get an activation email from “FeedBurner Email Subscriptions”. can i change that so it comes from “MySite Email Subscriptions”

    thanks

  35. Wonderful. I had been looking for this for such a long time. Thanks to Google, finally I found it here. You have got a nice tech blog here. Cheers!
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  36. Ezuca says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. It’s easy to comprehend, the amateurs would understand it quickly.
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  37. emil@internet marketing ireland says:

    This sounds to be a pretty easy codes to follow,thanks and I hope to learn more here.Kudos to you!

  38. Thank you, I just added my custom code to my blog. It works great.
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  42. MrBarns says:

    Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds too now, Thanks.

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  44. Darshani says:

    Does anyone know how to change the appearance of the Email Subscription Request page (the ones which prompts users to enter captcha)? I need to add my logo instead of feedburner logo and change the color of the pop-up to be matching with my web site colors.

    Any suggestions?

    Darshani

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  46. Jen says:

    Thanks for taking the time to walk us through customizing the Feedburner Form.

    I have the same question as Darshani. I can edit the HTML of the email subscription form, but how can I make the pop up window follow my CSS?

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