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  • #93837

    postkatrinastella
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    Title says it. Genesis Prose. I downloaded Simple Social Icons as I was told, tried Rss feed in both … /feed/ and /feed/+plus something else I can’t remember. I am not code savvy and even have a hard time finding where to access my blog’s code, let alone making changes.
    Thank you
    Laura from New Orleans

    http://postkatrinastella.com
    #94583

    nutsandbolts
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    Are you using the full URL to your feed including http://? If so, can you put the social icons back in place? That will make it easier to check on what’s going on with the site.


    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
    I provide dev and training services for web designers • Find me on Twitter and Google+

    #95026

    postkatrinastella
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    This is what I put in my RSS widget: http://postkatrinastella.com/feed/
    Have tried so many different tweeks to it, none work, don’t see what I’m doing wrong. My friends all say it didn’t work. One said it looked like it did work, but they got no email notifications. Some say they got an error message saying “there is no RRS reader installed”.
    My various accounts and user names on the same machine either get nothing or the page of code with “This XML file does not appear to have any style information” at the top.

    Something is very wrong, it’s not supposed to be like this. Do I have to hire someone? Thanks so much for helping, Andrea.

    #95027

    nutsandbolts
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    Your RSS link works for me, but there a couple of reasons why it may not work for other people. RSS doesn’t send new posts by email – it allows people to subscribe using an RSS reader. So if they don’t currently use something like Feedly, that would explain the “no RSS reader installed” error.

    One thing you might do is set up a free Feedburner account. It will help with compatibility in different browsers, and there is also a separate email subscription option. Alternately, if you use the Jetpack plugin, you can add the Jetpack “subscribe by email” widget to your sidebar and it will send notifications of new posts automatically via email.

    I hope this makes sense but please let me know if you have questions. If you’re new to RSS, it’s normal to feel a little confused by all the options!


    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
    I provide dev and training services for web designers • Find me on Twitter and Google+

    #95075

    postkatrinastella
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    Thanks for the reassurance, Andrea. You say others would have to have something like Feedly to be able to subscribe to me. But I, a relative newby, have been able to subscribe/follow whatever I want, and I’ve never heard of Feedly, or downloaded anything for this. Can you tell me how I can make it so that others can access me with the same ease? Just those orange radio-beam quarter-rounds and a single finger-press.
    Or did WP provide something like Feedly and I not know it? In which case, wouldn’t it have just been easier for WP to leave the subscribe function in that WP.com has instead of taking it out for WP.org. Why would they take it out?
    I’m sorry, Andrea. Thanks so much for your patience and help; really!

    #95077

    nutsandbolts
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    So when you’re clicking on the RSS button, where does it take you? Where do you go to read new posts from the blog you subscribe to?

    If you’re receiving them via email, those blogs might have set up a mailing list through something like MailChimp, Mad Mimi, or Aweber to send out RSS emails. Do you have an example of one of the sites you subscribe to? I can check to see what system they’re using.


    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
    I provide dev and training services for web designers • Find me on Twitter and Google+

    #95098

    postkatrinastella
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    Here’s a few, and yes, all did it with a mailing list. That’s how I want to get notifications. I don’t yet grasp how to use the line of multicolored symbols FB, twitter, G+… (is that Simple Social Icons?)
    My favorite, and the easiest is WordPress.com’s follow button, bottom right, but “…Grief” is okay too.
    I want something that works just like that, no distracting middle steps or competing page visuals like Shorpy

    http://www.shorpy.com/ 1) Orange circle RSS symbol titled “Shorpy RSS feed” > 2) Get Shorpy Historical Photo Archive – Vintage Fine Art Prints delivered by email, > 3) an email address form
    http://whatsyourgrief.com/ “Enter your email address to subscribe … posts by email.” Then a gray subscribe button
    http://calhounrising.wordpress.com/ “follow” box, then email address form
    http://okellyfamily.wordpress.com/ “follow” box, then email address form

    Again, Thank Andrea

    Laura

    #95099

    postkatrinastella
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    Oh, sorry, one more confusion. If it worked for you, and you got some form or other that allowed you to get my posts, why did none of my friends get directed anywhere where they could do whatever it was you did. I actually worked for you? You got a post of mine sent to you?

    #95532

    postkatrinastella
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    Here’s a few, and yes, all did it with a mailing list.
    My favorite, and the easiest is WordPress.com’s follow button, bottom right, but “…Grief” is okay too.
    I want something that works just like that, no distracting middle steps or competing page visuals like Shorpy

    http://www.shorpy.com/ 1) Orange circle RSS symbol titled “Shorpy RSS feed” > 2) button “Get Shorpy Historical Photo Archive – Vintage Fine Art Prints delivered by email”, > 3) an email address form
    http://whatsyourgrief.com/ “Enter your email address to subscribe … posts by email.” Then a gray subscribe button
    http://calhounrising.wordpress.com/ “follow” box, then email address form
    http://okellyfamily.wordpress.com/ “follow” box, then email address form

    Just to be sure I understand you … If it worked for you, and you got some form or other that allowed you to get my posts, why did none of my friends get directed anywhere where they could do whatever it was you did. It actually worked for you? You got a post of mine sent to you?

    Again, Thanks Andrea

    Laura

    #95993

    postkatrinastella
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    Andrea, I stumbled upon the feedburner plugins, which did exactly what I had been asking, but am now having “does not have subscriptions by email enabled” troubles:
    Here’s what I’ve tried so far. (It actually worked once and everybody got my posts, but then different tests got jumbled, and now I can’t get it back. We’re so close Andrea!)
    ———————————-
    Downloaded plugin Feedburner Email widget for floating follow button at bottom corner, activated/publicized Feedburner form, created a page to download S2 plugin and also copied code to that page (since sites said I didn’t have to access actual source code).
    Get two messages:
    The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled
    Welcome back, sitges_prentice@yahoo.com.
    ———————————-
    Downloaded Feedburner Follow Me for sidebar. (Unsure of what feed address was, I tried http://postkatrinastella.com, postkatrinastella.com/feed, and feed.feedburner.com/postkatrinastella.com.) Either way I get: The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled
    ———————————-
    Downloaded Follow plugin for WP.org without Feedburner, and could not activate, instead getting error message:
    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class s2class in /home2/postkatr/public_html/wp-content/plugins/follow/follow.php on line 55

    Don’t give up on me now, Andrea. It’s close, I can feel it.
    Laura

    #96521

    nutsandbolts
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    Log into Feedburner at http://feedburner.google.com – click on the name of your feed, then click the Publicize tab. On the left, you’ll see a link for Email Subscriptions, which you can then activate. Hopefully that helps!


    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
    I provide dev and training services for web designers • Find me on Twitter and Google+

    #96531

    postkatrinastella
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    Way past that. Had a semi-pro look at it today that said she is mystified. None of her plugins worked either. Guess I was wrong about being “so close”. Something is serious and I need a WordPress specialist. Can you give me the name of someone I can hire to get inside this thing? Or where to go to find someone?
    Thanks, Andrea

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