How do we let subscribers choose what categories to be emailed?


I am trying to set up sites where only certain categories of updates are relevant to different members. For example, one user might only be interested in data notices (ex. custom post type=data_notices) for a certain group (ex. category=front_range), or another user may only be interested in new posts about cars, or when a specific post is updated (like we do here for comments on a specific ticket). In the end I am trying to let users choose what categories, post types and posts they want to be notified for from the post types and categories they have access to. If they get notified about everything they will be overwhelmed.

I can see how to limit what is handled by the Subscribe plugin, but I don’t see where to enable users to choose what category and post types they will get updates for. Does this plugin allow for this type of setup and if not do you have a recommendation?

thank you!

  • Luís
    • Support

    Hi Aurelio ,

    Hope you’re doing well today!

    At the moment, users can only manage which custom post types they want to be notified. They should access to the “Subscribers Management Page” you defined in Subscriptions -> Settings -> General Settings, using the link sent in the newsletter.

    The categories to be sent can only be managed by the admin in Subscriptions -> Settings -> Contents, only the admin can define which categories will be used in the digests and unfortunately users don’t have access to it.

    I think this would be a great feature for Subscribe by Email, so I’ve just moved this over to our Features and Feedback section, so it can be taken into consideration for the next plugin updates.

    Hopefully some other members will show their support for the feature too, the more members that ask for it the sooner it will happen.

    Meantime, if you need to customize this feature, I will suggest you to use our Jobs Boards where you can try find a skilled developer that can help you to achieve your goal:

    Cheers, Luís

  • Aurelio
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    OK. Cool. I mainly wanted to understand the options so I wasn’t missing any or hunting for something that wasn’t there. Yeah, I think once content grows most people won’t want to be updated on everything for any post type, just for categories of interest to them, or they would like that choice. Also many places have a “follow post” feature, like how I get emailed on updates on this specific post. Is that a different plugin, being able to follow or unsubscribe for comments/updates to a specific post, like most professional sites have, or is that an option built into WordPress I am overlooking?

    thank you!


  • Luís
    • Support

    Hi Aurelio

    Hope you’re doing well today and thanks for your patience here!

    It will depend, they can use a custom coded solution. Honestly, I never needed to use a similar solution, however, I made a research and found some plugins the may interest you:

    Also, jetpack have an extension to the post comments:

    I hope this information has been helpful. If I can help you in this or other questions, please let me know!

    Cheers, Luís

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