Thesis Subscriptions Widget

This document is deprecated! The information on this page refers to a Thesis version that is now obsolete. Please visit the Thesis Docs for current documentation.

Thesis offers a handy Subscription Widget which you can add to your sidebar to display your RSS and Email Subscription links, increasing their visibility to your site’s visitors.

You can use this Widget in addition to, or in place of, the Subscribe Link in your Nav Menu. (See Customize and Style Subscribe Link for more information on adding a Subscribe Link to your Nav Menu.)

To add the widget to your sidebar, go to Appearance > Widgets, look for the widget named Subscriptions, and drag it to the desired sidebar on the right. Then, configure your options:

  • Title

    This is the heading which will appear above the widget in the sidebar.

  • Describe your subscription options

    If you’d like to add some introductory or explanatory text about the subscription options you offer, you can enter it here.

  • RSS link text

    Thesis will automatically use the Feed URL you have entered under Site Options > Document Head > Syndication/Feed URL for this link, so the only thing you need to enter here is the text you want Thesis to use for the link.

    (See Set Your Feed URL for more information on configuring this option.)

  • Email link and text

    If you offer a service where your subscribers can be notified of new posts via Email, you can use this option to display the link for this. Note that you should enter your information in the proper HTML format for creating a link.

If you’re using Thesis 1, small icons should be automatically displayed next to the RSS and Email links. To modify these styles, start with the following code in custom.css:

.custom .thesis_widget_subscriptions .sub_rss a {
  padding-left: 20px;
  background: url('../lib/images/icon-rss.gif') 0 50% no-repeat;

.custom .thesis_widget_subscriptions .sub_email a {
  padding-left: 20px;
  background: url('../lib/images/icon-email.gif') 0 50% no-repeat;

Attention! The following instructions are deprecated as of Thesis 2.1.

If you’re using Thesis 2, you’ll need to deploy your own CSS styles to display the icons. Create a new Single Element Styles CSS Package named Subscriptions (with a Reference of subscriptions and a CSS Selector of .thesis_widget_subscriptions), and then place this code in the Additional CSS tab:

.thesis_widget_subscriptions .sub_rss a {
  padding-left: 20px;
  background: url('images/icon-rss.gif') 0 50% no-repeat;

.thesis_widget_subscriptions .sub_email a {
  padding-left: 20px;
  background: url('images/icon-email.gif') 0 50% no-repeat;

Save the package; add &subscriptions to the Skin CSS; and then click SAVE CSS to compile your changes.