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Using SendFox with Bloom

If you are an Elegant Themes subscriber and you use Divi you are probably aware of their plugins too. Today I’m talking about Bloom – their fantastic plugin that lets you add beautiful email opt-in forms to your WordPress blog. I plan to write articles about both Elegant Themes and SendFox and why they should be on your radar soon. I’ll link to them here when I do but for now I’m going to assume you use both.

Bloom has a list of mailing list services that it natively works with but unfortunately the service I want to use, SendFox (the free email marketing system for content creators from Noah Kagan and  App Sumo) isn’t on that list.

Getting things up and running isn’t quite as easy as simply plugging in a MailChimp or SendInBlue user name but it can be done.

First things first, get Bloom installed. Download it from your Elegant Themes account page then head over to your WordPress dashboard and upload it via Plugins>Add New in the usual way.

Next up, you need to head over to SendFox and generate a form. Log in to your account and go to Forms. Once you’ve got your form all set up something like this, publish it and you’ll get the embeddable HTML form.

SendFox form

Now keep that code handy and head over to your WordPress installation and look for Bloom in the sidebar. Click New Opt-In. I’m going for a Fly In this time but Bloom can display our opt-in form in several different ways, have a play around and see which works best with your site and your audience.

Even though Bloom doesn’t natively support SendFox we can chose Custom Form and paste in the code we grabbed from SendFox just now.

Next up, pick one of the 100+ templates. 

You can now use all the functionality of Bloom to customise your form and make it irresistible to your visitors. I’ve kept it basic here and just tweaked some of the colours to match the look of the rest of the site.

I like to make one more tweak before setting the opt-in live. Even though the form SendFox generates is basic HTML, Bloom does a good job of styling it but there’s one thing I want to change to dress it up. The input fields in the form (Name and Email in my case) butt up against each other and I’d like just a little spacing so I add this little but of CSS in the Custom CSS field at the bottom of the Bloom design tab.

  input {margin-bottom: 10px;}     

All that’s left to do now is tell Bloom where you want the opt-in to be displayed. There are loads of options here again but I just want the form to show on post pages and only when the reader has reached the bottom of the post – nobody want’s a signup for blocking their view mid-read!

And that’s it – Bloom with SendFox although this will also work for any unsupported provider that Bloom doesn’t natively support.

Now go build your list!

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