Looking for a good subscribe/autoresponder to add to Flexx theme
Posted 12 September 2010 - 01:03 AM
Posted 12 September 2010 - 01:38 PM
I can't make any recommendations since I am not using any such plugin, but here's a good place to start looking, and perhaps try some until you find one that makes you feel comfortable,
perhaps other users on the forum can help out better,
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 07:53 PM
There are two categories of Subscibe plugins. Those which keep the user email list inside the WP database and those who use an external database.
External Database solutions are names you may know: Aweber, Constant Contact and probably most popular with WP users MailChimp. You setup an email news list on their server, setup the templates and then setup a subscription form inside a widget area of your site. When people subscribe they are added to the external list so you can keep track of them. When you post to your blog it can be setup to email your list automatically. External solutions are very "SPAM"friendly or their servers are very well known so you have a much lower risk of your emails being marked spam.
Internal Database or a plugin to use your native WP database are great as all users are kept on your server. You can upload a list of users from a spreadsheet, add a subscribe form to your widget bar, send an email to everyone when you post to your blog. If your list gets over 1000 users you run the risk of being marked a "spammer" so you have to go to more advanced plugins that send emails in batches of say 50 at a time. You can also get more advanced plugins which allow you to edit the html templates and text tempates both.
So for simple, quick and effective plugin look at Subscribe2. Install, activate. Go to settings to setup blog categories and be sure to "Enable widgets." Then go to widgets and add the subscribe to the sidebar.
A more advanced plugin is MailPress. You can upgrade and import Subscribe2 users or excel spreadsheets, setup custom email templates, subscriber can manage subscriptions, allow to subscribe by category, comments etc.. Send in batches to avoid Spam and a lot more. It's a favorite of ours and we use with most of our clients.
I know this is brief and a lot of info. I hope I answered some questions but let me know if you have others. Of course you can test Mailpress if you go to our site http://CyberInnovation.com and register for our newsletters by email.
Funny I started a blog post detailing these email/subscribe plugins but never got it finished. Subscribe and you'll get a copy some day :-)
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