horribly complicated setup

edited September 2012 in Newsletter plugin
I have to admit that this is the first WordPress plugin that has so many options and settings, and only 'decent' documentation, that I am absolutely completely 100% lost (emphatic enough LOL).

I see there is an import/export feature.

By any chance do you have an import file available that will setup everything for me, to at the very least give me a perfect example of all the features possible with the newsletter plugin?

I know that I couldn't use it live, but at the least, I would be able to see a completely setup multi-user, multi-group, multi-list, etc setup.

I've been playing around with this all day long and still have no clue what I am doing. The frustration level is really getting pretty high right now, and an import file would really help a lot.

Either that or hundreds of help videos and gallons of coffee :)



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    Thank you for your post.

    The plugin is designed to be easy to use but yes it has many settings to be flexible.
    All the default settings loaded out of the box should be sufficient unless you want to change something.

    The basic purpose of the Newsletter plugin is to do the following things:

    1. Capture email subscribers.
    2. Send emails/newsletters to the subscribers.

    For #1:  

    You can capture subscribers either by importing, adding them manually under Newsletters > Subscribers > Add New or by putting subscribe form(s) on your site for users to subscribe. 

    To import, you can use any CSV file with any format, see this documentation for guidance: http://docs.tribulant.com/wordpress-mailing-list-plugin/74 . Your CSV file has columns 1 to X so you tick the fields in the plugin that you have in your CSV file and specify the column number and import.

    To put subscribe form(s) on your site, it can be done with a sidebar widget, post/page shortcode or hardcoding into your theme. Here is documentation with instructions on the different ways of adding a Newsletter plugin subscribe form: http://docs.tribulant.com/wordpress-mailing-list-plugin/96#tabs-4

    For #2:

    Assuming that you have some subscribers you can now send a newsletter as needed. There are several ways of sending a newsletter but the most simple and straightforward way is to go to Newsletters > Create Newsletter in the plugin. Fill in a subject, message, select the mailing list(s) to send to and done you can now queue/send it.

    Please let me know if this helps and if you have any specific questions on how to do something.

    All the best,
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    Hi imtiedup,

    I'm just following up to find out if I can mark this thread as resolved?

    Kind regards,

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    I'm not great at computery stuff but I found the setup really easy and I didn't even read the documentation, as a man I fully exercised my right not to read the manual!

    The CSV bit was easier than I thought, simply create a spreadsheet with your email addresses in column 1, export it as a CSV and upload...it doesn't get much simpler than that.

    So....is there anything we can help with?  How are you getting on?
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    Thank you for your post, discoian.

    I'm glad to hear that you found it easy enough to use the Newsletter plugin.

    Thanks for your suggestions here as well regarding the CSV, that is useful forsure!
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    Hi imtiedup,

    I'm just following up to find out whether your issue has been resolved?

    If so, we would appreciate it if you would kindly post a reply here for the good of the community explaining how it was resolved, and also mark this thread as SOLVED by editing the title as explained in the sidebar on the right.

    Kind regards,

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