How to add a newsletter to a blog made with Astro

Astro is a modern static site generator that allows you to create fast and dynamic websites using JavaScript.

If you have a blog made with Astro and want to add a newsletter to it, you can use RssFeedPulse to collect subscribers and send them newsletters.

Introduction

This guide will walk you through the steps to add a newsletter to your Astro site using RSS Feed Pulse. We'll cover how to create an RSS feed in Astro and then how to use it with RSS Feed Pulse to automate your newsletter campaigns.

Step 1: Create an RSS Feed in Astro

Astro makes it easy to generate RSS feeds for your site. Follow these steps to create your feed:

Install RSS Package

npm install @astro/rss

Create RSS feed

Create a new file src/pages/rss.xml.js and add the following code:

import rss from '@astro/rss';

export const GET(context) {
  const blog = await getCollection('blog');

  return rss({
    title: 'Your Site Title',
    description: 'Your site description',
    site: context.site,
    items: await pagesGlobToRssItems(
      globalThis._importMeta_.glob('./blog/*.{md,mdx}'),
    ),
  });
};

For more information on how to customize your RSS feed, check the RSS package documentation.

Build and Test:

Build your Astro site and verify the RSS feed is working by navigating to https://your-site-url.com/rss.xml.

Step 2: Use RssFeedPulse to Automate Your Newsletter

To create a campaign in RssFeedPulse, you need to have an account. If you don't have one yet, you can create one here.

Once you have an account, you can create a new campaign by clicking on the "New campaign" button in the dashboard.

On the field "Feed Url", you need to enter the URL of your feed. In this case, it would be something like "https://your-site-url.com/rss.xml".

Create a form to collect subscribers

To collect subscribers, you need to create a form and add it to your blog.

In RssFeedPulse, you can create you own form and customize it to match your blog's design.

Create this form on your blog and start collecting subscribers.

Conclusion

By following these steps, you can easily add a newsletter to your Jekyll blog and start engaging your subscribers effectively.