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Using the Newsletter Block

The Newsletter Block adds a newsletter subscribe option to your site. The footer is a popular place for this block.

You'll need to select a storage option for form submissions. You can connect a new MailChimp list or Google Drive. 

Before you begin

  • If you're using MailChimp as the storage option, create a new, empty subscriber list in MailChimp before connecting your MailChimp account to the block.
  • For more customization, like the ability to add more form fields and send submissions to your email address, you might prefer the Form Block instead.
  • If you're using the Newsletter Block to create a subscription mailing list for your blog, follow these steps to connect your blog to MailChimp first.

Step 1 - Add the Newsletter Block

  1. Open a page or post editor.
  2. Click an Insert Point or the +.
  3. Select Newsletter from the menu.
  4. For more detailed steps, visit Adding blocks.

Step 2 - Set up the Newsletter Block

By default, the Newsletter Block displays one Email Address field. Check Required Name Field to add First and Last Name fields.

Edit the title and description of the block. These will display above the fields and Subscribe button.

In the Disclaimer box, add optional information about what you do with subscriber information. It's common to use this field for your privacy policy.

Step 3 - Select a storage option

In the Newsletter Block Editor, click the Storage tab.

There are two options for storing email addresses: MailChimp and Google Drive. You can use one or both.

Note: Squarespace doesn't store Newsletter Block submissions. All submissions are passed directly to MailChimp or Google Drive, and we're unable to access that data.

Click an option to connect. Sign in to your MailChimp or Google account and authorize Squarespace to access the account.

For more information on MailChimp, visit Using MailChimp with Squarespace.

Note: MailChimp doesn't support required fields in the newsletter. Using a Newsletter Block with required fields will cause errors for MailChimp. 

Step 4 - Customize submission messages

Click the Advanced tab to add more customization to the block.

The Submit Button Label controls the button visitors click to submit their form. The default text is Sign Up. To change it, replace the text.

The Post-Submit Message appears after a visitor submits a form. You can personalize this text and style it with the text toolbar.

In the Post-Submit HTML box, you can add code to display along with the Post-Submit message.

Note: Adding Post-Submit HTML is an advanced modification, and we're unable to troubleshoot custom code issues. Its common to use the Post-Submit HTML to redirect visitors to another page after submitting. This Answers post discusses this topic.

Step 5 - Save

Click Apply.

Here is an example of how the Newsletter Block appears:

Step 6 - Style the Newsletter Block

You can use the Style Editor to change the appearance of your Newsletter Block. In the Home Menu, click Design, and then click Style Editor.

Scroll down to Newsletter Block. Options vary across templates, but you'll see some or all of the following style tweaks:

  • Style - Choose from Dark, Light, or Custom
  • Background Color
  • Padding
  • Heading Color
  • Text color
  • Button Color
  • Button Text Color

In the other sections of the Style Editor, use the Headings tweaks to change the Title font. Use the Text tweaks for the Description and Disclaimer.

Use the Button tweaks to customize the Submit button. To learn more, visit Styling buttons.

Troubleshooting

The post-submit message isn't appearing.

If you've set the Newsletter Block Style tweak to Light and the background color to white, this places white text over and white background, making text difficult to see. Change either tweak to resolve this issue.

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