|Rich Site Summary (RSS) is a method of publishing frequently updated information (typically blog entries or website posts) through a feed, including a summary of the content and related metadata. RSS-based emails allow you to include the feed (and related data) within an email that can be delivered to a list of subscribers.
The email designer within SharpSpring allows for the creation of RSS emails that populate with content from a blog, or posts from a website. These RSS emails can be sent automatically to a list on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. This article provides information on setting up RSS emails within SharpSpring.
Locating SharpSpring Blog Feed URLs
RSS Feed URL locations can vary depending on where your blog is hosted, or your content management system (CMS). To locate the Feed URL of your SharpSpring blog, do the following:
- Go to your published blog's landing page.
- Scroll to the bottom of the landing page.
- Locate the RSS Feed link.
Locating Non-SharpSpring Blog Feed URLs
RSS Feed URL locations can vary depending on where your blog is hosted, or your content management system (CMS). To locate the Feed URL in the majority of CMS platforms, do the following:
Note: Wordpress Feed URLs will often be wpblog
Adding the RSS Widget to an Email
To set an email as RSS-based, do the following:
Note: Emails will only be sent if there are new posts.
Note: The drag-and-drop functionality does not work with legacy templates.
Shows the image and description for your most recent blog post and links to the four other most recent blog articles.
Shows only links of your most recent blog post titles.
Shows links of your most recent blog post titles and a description for each.
Shows links of your most recent blog posts, an image, and description for each.
Once you have dragged-and-dropped one of the four widgets into the email, something similar to the following code will added to your email:
When your email is received, this widget code changes to display your blog articles in the format you selected.
Testing and Scheduling Emails
|Litmus Tests||Perform Litmus tests (at monetary cost) to view the email across different platforms and devices.|
|Send to Lists||Immediately send emails directly to a list.|
|Schedule Emails||Schedule emails to send at a later date and time.|