The email designer within SharpSpring allows for the creation of Rich Site Summary (RSS) based 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. The article provides a step-by-step walkthrough of setting up an RSS email within SharpSpring.
What is an RSS based email?
RSS is a method of publishing frequently updated information (typically blog entries or website posts) through a feed, including a summary of the content as well as related metadata. An RSS based email allows us to include the feed (and related data) within an email that can be delivered to a list of subscribers. Adding this functionality to SharpSpring is simple.
The following users can create RSS-based emails:
- Marketing Manager
Follow these steps to set an email for RSS.
Step One: On the toolbar, hover over Content, then on the drop-down, click Emails. Find the email that you want to use or create a new email. If you need help, review the article Creating and Editing Emails.
Step Two: On the left-side, click RSS.
Step Three: Select the Settings tab, click the checkbox for Enabled, then in the Feed URL, enter the address that the feed will pull the content from.
TIP! Finding this Feed URL can vary depending on where your blog is hosted, or your content management system (CMS). To locate the Feed URL of your SharpSpring blog, go to your published blog landing page and scroll to the bottom to find a link called RSS Feed. Copy and paste this link in the Feed URL field.
Below is an overview for finding the RSS Feed URL in most CMS platforms, but if you have additional questions on how to find this address, please submit a support ticket.
- Visit your blog
- Right-click on your blog's page and choose the option View Page Source. This will allow you to view the HTML source of the your page.
- Once in the page source, use Command+F (Mac users) or CTRL+F (Windows users) and search for RSS.
- Search until you find a section that matches the below:
- The RSS Feed URL will be located directly after the href=. In this example, we would select http://www.example.com/rss.xml.
- A Wordpress Feed URL will often be wpblog.yourdomain.com/feed/
Step Four: Complete the following Settings fields:
- In the List field, start to type the name of the list then click when you find it.
- Choose the Frequency in the Send drop-down, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.
- Set the actual time for the send.
Step Five: On the right of the Layout and Settings tabs, select Style.
This is where you can change the title and body font characteristics.
- The RSS Title Styles section allows for you to change the font family, size, weight and color of your blog article titles.
- The RSS Body Styles section allows for you to change the font family, size, weight and color of your blog article paragraph text.
- Image Styles allows you to add padding or additional space between the images and text of your blog articles.
Step Six: Next to the Settings tab, click Layout.
- In the Number of Posts to Include drop down, select the number of blog posts you want to show in the email.
- Drag-and-drop one of the four RSS widgets into your email. You can choose from one of the following:
Step Seven: Once you've dragged and dropped one of the four widgets, you'll notice something similar to the following code added to your email:
When your email is received, this widget code changes to display your blog articles in the format you selected. Below is an example of an email sent with the Top Story RSS widget added to an email.
Congratulations! You've successfully created an RSS-based email in SharpSpring.