How to Set Up Email Alerts For Topics on

Did you know that you can set up notifications for topics on Sign in to your account and then navigate to your notifications by visiting:

Once you are there you can create new notifications by adding a search string for a topic that you’re interested in following. The “notification name” field will be shown in the subject line of the alert emails sent from


When you set up a new notification, you’ll be notified any time a word or phrase you choose are directly referenced in a post or forum anywhere in the ecosystem.

You’ll notice that mentions of your username are included in your notifications by default. Any custom notifications that you set up will be listed below your profile.


Why Should You Set Up Email Alerts?

Your profile on is more valuable than you might think. There are so many useful things you can do with the email alerts to keep you informed on community discussions without having to read everything. You can use your account to set up alerts for mentions of your own plugins, themes or topics that you are interested in following. If you are wanting to help out with support in the forums and have a particular area of expertise, you might consider adding it as a search string. If there are new features that you’re hoping will be added to core, you can use alerts to follow discussions on those topics.

Nobody has the time to read everything that happens on the ecosystem. Signing up for alerts is a strategic way to keep yourself in the conversation without having to dig for the references.

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  1. So if I set up an alert for, I should receive an email each time that is mentioned, even if it’s the URL or a link is shared in a forum post?


    1. I don’t know if it works with links. Maybe Otto can clarify or we can test it tomorrow. :)


    2. Yes, it’s working that way :)

      However, you can “only” setup 8 or 10 notifications all in all — I have more plugins on .org so it’s not enough for me… :)


  2. It’s BuddyPress magic on :)


  3. I feel a profile should be seen as important as Github or LinkedIn profile, it deserves to be featured and included anywhere that a developer list his/her social profiles in author-boxes and widgets. Adding more engaging features such as what is explained in this post, helps to catch more attention to profiles.


    1. It definitely seems that way. In the future, profiles will become even more valuable as more data is attached to them such as WordCamps attended, and other contributions among the community.


      1. Yes Jeff exactly this is the path to be predicted for WP profiles, yet I think there is a lot to be done for keeping all the track-records and maximizing the authorship. The WordPress itself needs to enjoy more features that it generously offers to the community. On the authorship for example, here I wrote a set of suggestions to improve; one of the suggestions is to add rel=”authorship” to the video posts not only for the user who has published the video, but for the speaker or creator of the video. I received no reply from WordPress TV team even though I emailed the link to them. Anyhow later I found a free plugin that allows to create an author-profile for a person without creating user account for him/her, and also allows you to add different custom fields and meta-data to the profiles. I can’t remember the name of plugin, but I have it in my bookmarks. Basically such profiles can be made as a custom post-type, as well.
        This example shows the complexity of making powerful profiles on that accumulate all the author activities and track records across WordPress main network of sites. Just hope to see we are moving in that direction.


  4. It would be nice if there was a plugin so that we could set up something similar on our own WordPress installs. In fact it was my search for something like this that lead me here.


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