WordPress Newsletter plugin
The WordPress Newsletter plugin is a versatile newsletter plugin which installs in a flash and integrates well with your WordPress website. Using the WordPress Newsletter plugin is effortless and will improve your business’ marketing drastically.
- WordPress 3.3 or higher
- Linux/Apache (or Windows/IIS) Server (recommended)
- MySQL 4 or higher
- sql_mode Off or TRADITIONAL
- PHP 4.2 or higher
- memory_limit 64M (96M recommended)
- safe_mode Off
- Mail Server (Local/Remote)
- Download the ZIP package from the downloads management section.
- Unzip the package in order to obtain the
wp-mailinglistfolder of the plugin.
- Upload the
wp-mailinglistfolder to the
- Log in to your WordPress admin and go to the “Plugins” page in your dashboard.
- Activate the “Newsletters” plugin by clicking the “Activate” link.
- To start using the plugin, click on the “Newsletters” menu item in your dashboard.
Upgrade the plugin
If you are upgrading the plugin from an older version to a newer version, the steps to follow are the same as the installation steps above. All your settings, products and other data will remain intact and nothing will be lost.
We recommend that you deactivate the plugin before uploading the files and then re-activating the plugin again after you have uploaded the new files to prevent errors on a production site.
VIDEO: Installation Instructions
- Go to ‘Plugins‘ in your WordPress dashboard.
- Go to Newsletters and click the ‘Activate‘ link.
- You will now see a red bar across the top of your admin screen. Generate a serial key from here: http://tribulant.com/downloads by clicking the key icon next to the plugin name (you may have to login to view that page)
*Please note: The serial key is very sensitive to the domain it is generated for. There are very descriptive instructions but basically, from your WordPress admin page, the URL shown in the address bar of your browser, you need to select everything after the “http://” and before the next “/” slash.
Example: http://www.example-domain-name.com/subfolder1/subfolder2 for this URL you would only select the www.example-domain-name.com
Any mistakes will be final and you will have to contact us to get your key re-issued. Once you have your key you need to copy and paste it to the serial key field and submit it. If your serial key was generated for the wrong domain, this is where you will get an “Invalid Serial Key” message, if it is right, then you can proceed and begin using the plugin.
- The menu item ‘Newsletters’ will appear in your menu. Go to ‘Newsletters’ > ‘Configuration’.
- Click on Auto-import users from WordPress if you want to import your current users into a list.
- Read carefully through the Configuration and select the options that best suit what you want.
- If you have more than 100 subscribers, be sure to turn On the email scheduling feature. Keep the interval as low as possible and try to keep the number of emails per interval below 100.
- Click on the blue ‘Save Settings’ at the top of the page when you are done.
Read the Configuration documentation for more information.
3. Put a Subscribe Form on the Site
You would most likely want to put a subscribe form on the site so that your users can subscribe to your mailing list(s) on the user-end of the site by filling in their email address (and other possible details).
There are several ways of putting a subscribe form on your WordPress site. You can use multiple instances (multiple subscribe forms) throughout the site and it is NOT limited to just a single one. They include:
- Using a sidebar widget under ‘Appearance‘ > ‘Widgets‘.
- Embedding into a WordPress post/page with a shortcode.
- Hardcoding into the theme with PHP code.
Read the subscription form documentation for detailed instructions on how to use each individual method.
4. Get Additional Data from Subscribers
- Go to ‘Newsletters’ > ‘Custom Fields’ and click the ‘Add New’ button.
- Enter the title, such as “Name”.
- Click ‘Required’, fill in Error Message such as “Please fill in your name“.
- Select the field type. i.e. ‘text field’ in the drop down.
- Tick/check the lists with which you want to associate the custom field.
- Click Save Custom Field.
Read the Custom Fields documentation for more information.
5. Send a Post as a Newsletter
You can read the documentation on Send Post/Page as Newsletter for more info.
- Go to ‘Posts’ > ‘Add New’ in your dashboard to add a new WordPress post or simply edit an existing one which you want to send out as a newsletter.
- Below the WYSIWYG editor, tick/check the specific mailing list(s) to which you want to send out the post as a newsletter.
6. Start a Newsletter from Scratch
You can read the documentation on Create Newsletter for more info.
- Go to ‘Newsletters’ > ‘Create Newsletter’ and start writing a newsletter just like you would write a WordPress post.
- Tick/check the appropriate mailing list(s) to which you want to send the newsletter.
Usage & Integration
- Bounce Management
- Conditional Tags
- Create Newsletter
- Custom Fields
- Dynamic Variables/Shortcodes
- Email Queue
- Email Snippets
- Languages & Translation
- Links & Clicks
- Mailing Lists
- Overview Screen
- Paid Subscriptions
- Sent/Draft Emails
- Shortcodes & Subscribe Form
- Subscription Orders
- WordPress Dashboard Widget
Tips, Tricks & Guides
- Called Mail() without being connected
- Could not instantiate mail function
- Embed Video in Email
- Facebook App Subscribe
- Left/Right Align Images
- Modal Dialog/Overlay
- Prevent High CPU Usage
- Prevent Spam Subscriptions
- Server Cron Job
- Server Migration
- SMTP Services/APIs
- Style Links as Buttons
- Style Subscribe Form
- TinyMCE Valid Elements
- Turn On Debugging
See the WordPress Newsletter plugin Codex for action/filter hooks, functions, code snippets and more.