If you’re a blogger, you might use MailChimp to build a subscriber list, and Story makes that easy. MailChimp also has the ability to automatically send your new content to the list from an RSS feed, and guess what—Story helps you create an RSS feed customized just for that if you like, too.
First, MailChimp subscriber forms. If you want to add a subscription form at the
bottom of each page, just add your MailChimp URL as a parameter in your
configuration file. Here’s a YAML example for
params: - mailchimp: "your URL here"
And here’s an example for
[params] mailchimp = "your URL here"
You can copy the URL from the address bar of your MailChimp subscriber form. It
action of the form, which will appear at the bottom of each page
near your author biography.
Next, an RSS feed. Story has an RSS layout customized to create summaries of
your content’s title, description, featured image, and summary content. The
summary content is either delimited explicitly by the
<!--more--> comment in
your Markdown source, or generated automatically by Hugo. (Read more
The default content of the RSS feed entries is generated from the page’s
description front matter and
.Summary content, but you can provide your own
to override this. Simply add an excerpt in the
tldr front matter property.
To enable the RSS feed, you need to create a special
.md file that won’t
appear as regular content, but will render an extra RSS feed file. Its content
is ignored, and only its front matter is important. For example, you could
create it as
content/mailchimp.md with the following contents, using YAML
--- skip: true layout: mailchimp outputs: - rss ---
Now Hugo will build an extra feed at
/mailchimp/index.xml, and you can use it to create
RSS campaigns in
course, you can also use your normal RSS feed, but Story’s default is to put
full content into that, so it might be more than you want.
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