Do you have trouble keeping track of all the blogs you read each morning? You may use RSS feeds to keep track, but those can be tricky to manage for a non-technical person. You may also open multiple tabs and scan through every blog, but that becomes difficult with a large number of blogs to read. Let’s face it, keeping up to speed with multiple blogs is tougher than it should be.
To solve this, today we’re introducing a new subscriptions feature to WordPress.com. Subscriptions are an easy way to track and read posts across multiple blogs, all in once place.
How Subscriptions Work
Let’s say you’re reading a blog on WordPress.com that you really enjoy — so much so you want to be notified when new posts are published so you remember to read them. You can subscribe to this blog really easily by using the “Subscribe” menu in the admin bar. By going up to your admin bar, and clicking “Subscribe to blog”, you’ll be instantly subscribed and all current and future posts will be added to the subscriptions tab on your WordPress.com home screen.
The next time you visit WordPress.com, if new posts have been published on any of these blogs you’ll see a “NEW” notification on your admin bar. This lets you know that there are new posts for you to read. You can now use the “My Subscriptions” menu to quickly access your subscriptions reader and catch up on all the latest posts. You can also head straight to your subscriptions by using the new subscriptions tab on the WordPress.com home screen.
We’ve also brought email and jabber notifications all under one roof, so it’s easy to turn on email notifications of new posts, or get posts sent directly to you via instant messenger. Don’t worry, all of your existing email and jabber subscriptions have been ported through.
Subscriptions are live and ready for you to use. We’ve put together a subscriptions support page that will get you up to speed and show you how to get started.
- Sep 10, 2010 @ 5:43 pm
Sep 10th at 5:58 pm
so what is the difference between the subscriptions and the blog surfer?
Sep 10th at 6:01 pm
Excellent! It will save me a lot of time for sure!!! Thank you!
Sep 10th at 6:04 pm
You guys are Awesome!! Thank You!
Sep 10th at 6:16 pm
Keep the creativity coming! Brilliant idea. This trumps Google reader.
Sep 10th at 6:16 pm
NIce! Will definitely help me and my fellow bloggers!
Sep 10th at 6:20 pm
All those things you push to front page are not very l10n friendly, something is translated, something not. It would be better if you would enable those features on locale front pages and then link to them based on users language (as you do now for other stuff, like link to support).
Sep 10th at 6:21 pm
Cool! Any chance of a real “rolling” blog roll in which to showcase the subscriptions on our blogs?
Sep 10th at 6:23 pm
This is excellent! Thanks guys, your hard work and never ending development is the exact reason why wp is second to none!
Sep 10th at 6:35 pm
WordPress, you’ve done it again! This is my favorite feature that you’ve introduced in quite some time. Thank you for always bringing us new and improved ways to exchange our writing with the world!
Sep 10th at 6:38 pm
is it better than google reader? i don´t think so
Sep 10th at 6:56 pm
I’ve been using Blog Surfer to accomplish this. Does that mean that feature will soon be disabled?
Sep 10th at 6:57 pm
Sep 10th at 7:11 pm
Have just transitioned many of my Blog Surfer/Email subscriptions to the new Subscriptions and really thrilled to see more holistic integration of various features available on WordPress.com. Thank you, too, for giving me the opportunity to manage my inbox bloat.
Sep 10th at 7:14 pm
nice work andy p!
WordPress has a reader.
Sep 10th at 7:27 pm
Sep 10th at 7:39 pm
Pretty cool, gonna check it out
Sep 10th at 7:50 pm
I like it but it looks too small, would be better more like Freshly Pressed – larger thumbnail and a bit more text not just a single sentence.
Sep 10th at 8:01 pm
I use netvibes, but great job!
Sep 10th at 8:04 pm
this is very wonderful and great
but what have happen to all the blogs i had in my Blogs Surfer???
will be so great to get back all those places i collected in the last two years….
Sep 10th at 8:06 pm
Thanks for this new feature!
Is there any possibility of subscribing blogs from “Blogspot” or “Sapo” (Portuguese)?
Sep 10th at 8:11 pm
This is pretty cool. Thanks a lot!
Sep 10th at 8:28 pm
Great feature. Too bad the blogs we already have on our Blog Surfer must all be visited in order to subscribe to them though. I was hoping there would be an integration.
Sep 10th at 8:47 pm
This is good for a beginner and not specifically a tech person…
Thanks for the update.
Sep 10th at 8:55 pm
Very nice – once again from you guys who are always adding options for us to try. We are better bloggers for it!
Sep 10th at 9:04 pm
seems like a neat feature.
can we subscribe to private blogs?
Sep 10th at 9:11 pm
So much better than having separate RSS feeds, blog surfer and email ways of “subscribing”. Now everything’s under one easy roof.
It was a little bit of a nuisance manually moving everything over from blog surfer, but now it’s done… so much better!
Sep 10th at 9:12 pm
In order to a good location of WordPress.com , note that in other languages the tabs must be larger than in English. In mine, when be translated, there will be no space for more tabs. Even I’m not sure if this new feature will fit well in navigation bar when it be translated.
Sep 10th at 9:12 pm
Sounds a lot easier! I’m wondering if this will also be possible with blogs that are not with wordpress…
Sep 10th at 9:12 pm
Love this new feature! Thank you!
I never took to google readers and there’s so much great content on WordPress–now to figure out how to promote it and encourage my readers to use it too!
Sep 10th at 9:20 pm
I would like to know how I can add something to my blog that will allow other people to subscribe to my blog. I do not know how to do this.
Sep 10th at 9:29 pm
Sep 10th at 9:37 pm
Okay, since Flipboard and Pulse on my iPad, I’ve been *looking!* like, seriously looking for a way to read my blogsurfer blogs. Yes, I can subscribe one at a time to the RSS feed, using up all my scarce Pulse sliders. Using Google Reader is like poking pins in your eyes. I haven’t yet looked at Subscriptions, but *if* you can generate an RSS feed from that custom page…
Sep 10th at 9:37 pm
One other thing: is there a way to “expand/collapse” each entry as you read down the list?
It would save having to either click and then come back, or open each entry in multiple tabs.
Sep 10th at 9:41 pm
Very promissing, i’ll go check it out!
Sep 10th at 9:56 pm
Thanks, anything that makes it easier is better.
Sep 10th at 10:04 pm
hmmmm… I thought we already had this!
Sep 10th at 10:20 pm
This is great! Will there be a way to import from other blog sites?
Sep 10th at 10:31 pm
Wonderful; all efforts to improve the use of the Internet with less time are worthy of praise.
Thank you for the continuous improvement of WordPress.com.
Sep 10th at 11:37 pm
Nice! This will make things a lot cleaner and organized.
Sep 10th at 11:47 pm
I really like this idea, but I am already set up with blog suffer. I don’t feel like starting over again.
Sep 10th at 11:56 pm
This is an absolutely terrific idea! Thanks!
Sep 11th at 12:13 am
Looks great. What are the chances of getting our “Add To Blogroll” and “Random Blog” features back?
Sep 11th at 12:26 am
Handy, this’ll be a most helpful feature when I start reading more blogs.
Excellent travail WordPress!
Sep 11th at 12:43 am
Can’t the blogs that I have on Readomattic automatically just be on the subscription list? I have tons, and I just don’t want to do the entire list all over again.
Sep 11th at 12:44 am
This is great!
Sep 11th at 1:03 am
Sep 11th at 1:03 am
Awesome!! Thank You!
Sep 11th at 1:27 am
Thanks for this new feature!
Sep 11th at 1:30 am
Sep 11th at 1:34 am
this will make for an interesting tool, but I agree that subscribing in Google Reader is far more common (and perhaps preferred) for the moment.
Sep 11th at 1:54 am
Cool ! I will use it with my blogs
Sep 11th at 2:05 am
Sounds great, thanks for keeping WordPress fresh!
Sep 11th at 2:21 am
could really take off, there are heaps of other ways as well, but thanks to adding it guys…
Sep 11th at 2:37 am
Sep 11th at 3:01 am
Very nice. Thank you.
Sep 11th at 3:03 am
As you say, RSS isn’t for everyone so more ways to subscribe are always welcome. I prefer RSS with my desktop reader but I am sure many people will make use of this.
Sep 11th at 3:05 am
I would like to see a way to subscribe just to new blog posts, and not to comments – or replies to comments?
Sep 11th at 4:03 am
This we like! Thank you very much :o)
Sep 11th at 4:20 am
Sep 11th at 4:39 am
I love this idea!
Sep 11th at 4:59 am
fantastic post!!!! I’ll check it out….
Sep 11th at 5:38 am
What’s new beautiful but more should be improved, Admin Panel.
(Yenilikler güzel ama, Admin paneli daha fazla geliştirilmeli.)
Sep 11th at 6:05 am
thank you for reminding of this good feature
Sep 11th at 7:17 am
I would like to know how to add something similar to ‘Google Friends’ so that people can become followers to my blog. I am aware that you are not meant to ask here but the support is off till the 19/09 and I want to know now. Thank you
Sep 11th at 7:50 am
I never got into Google Reader but I do collect my RSS feeds in Outlook. The only issue I have is that I can’t read them on different computers. This sounds like a promising solution to that problem.
Sep 11th at 8:23 am
Looks like a great idea – would really like it if you can find a way of moving blogs on Readomattic over to subscribe without doing it manually. Thanks for continuing to improve WordPress.
Sep 11th at 8:31 am
Sep 11th at 8:35 am
Hmm, always though, I had overseen that function somewhere. Its´s good and essential, but should have been implemented long ago.! Just my 1 cent
Sep 11th at 11:30 am
This makes life easier.
Sep 11th at 11:47 am
This is great! As someone new to blogging and not very techy I really appreaciate this. Thanks.
Enjoy the day.
Sep 11th at 12:10 pm
The biggest improvement for reading convenience in WordPress.com. Thanks guys.
Sep 11th at 12:12 pm
Sep 11th at 12:20 pm
Im just migrating from Blogger to WordPress. How do I make sure everyone who followed my blog there would be transfered automatically. Also, I will be publishing on my custom domain http://www.backpackigninja.com from the WordPress blog….. any advice?
Sep 11th at 1:39 pm
Sep 11th at 1:57 pm
This is really nice on the part of wordpress.com. You are really offereing excellent services. Thank you, WordPress.
Sep 11th at 2:40 pm
Great! Anything to help me stay organized. This social media stuff can be overwhelming! Thanks Andy!
Sep 11th at 3:27 pm
Sep 11th at 5:22 pm
Most appreciated. Thank you.
Sep 11th at 6:22 pm
I like this, thank you.
Sep 11th at 6:24 pm
This is great, it’ll save me some time and paper (from writing down blog sites I want to remember).
Sep 11th at 6:42 pm
I’m not sure the scariness of RSS is the problem you need to solve here. I had no trouble figuring out Google Reader, but I can’t say I fully understand the distinctions between Blog Surfer,Tag Surfer, Readomattic and Subscriptions. If I’m struggling, then I have to wonder whether your ‘non-techie’ target users are going to fare any better.
Sep 11th at 7:01 pm
The Admin bar is getting crowded with the features related to bloggers who blog. My blog has external focus, I don’t have much need for features internal to the blogging community. But thanks anyway for introducing new features.
Sep 11th at 7:13 pm
Good move WordPress!
Sep 11th at 7:31 pm
That’s great. I just wish we could also subscribe to blogs on blogspot, typepad, etc.
Sep 11th at 7:42 pm
That’s awesome! Bloggers have one more reason to choose WordPress..
Sep 11th at 7:46 pm
I usually use FeedBooks to subscribe to blogs because it works well with my Kindle e-reader.
Sep 11th at 8:59 pm
Request for clarification: Under the old email subscription system, an email subscription to a blog only sends emails of the primary posts, not the comments. To subscribe to comments it is necessary to make a comment to a primary post (or a reply) and check the box for “Notify me of follow-up comments via email.” and this needs to be done again for every primary post in order to get the comments for that primary post. Does the new system work the same way?
If the answer above is yes, then I have a request for an improvement: Provide an option for an email subscription to a blog to also automatically send emails of all new comments on that blog.
When I follow a blog, I do not necessarily have a comment or reply to make for every primary post (at least not immediately), but I want to see the comments of others as they appear.
Sep 11th at 9:52 pm
Sep 12th at 2:04 am
An excellent this site.
Sep 12th at 2:57 am
Why not just point people to Google Reader?
Sep 12th at 3:15 am