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MailPress is the most powerful free email newsletter plug-in for WordPress. Its ability to generate automatic newsletters from your posts is a great time-saver. Plus it has some powerful advanced features like open rate and link tracking, mailing lists and autoresponders.
Yet MailPress 5.1.1 also has some limitations, missing features and bugs which can really get in my way when I use it. At present it's merely great; once these issues are addressed it will be awesome.
So here's my list of enhancements I wish MailPress had, which would bring it much closer to replacing commercial email solutions like MailChimp and Aweber which don't integrate with WordPress anywhere near as cleanly. If you're a developer, I encourage you to give Andre a hand by submitting patches to add these enhancements, and fix these bugs.
I've ordered the list from most important to least important (to me, anyway):
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MailChimp provide a great email marketing service; you can start off for free and only have to start paying as your list, and presumably your profit, grows. But I can't for the life of me understand why the embedded signup form they provide is so goddam ugly. I just wanted a simple, attractive box for my visitors to enter their name and email address to subscribe to my Confident Man Online confidence-building course. Yet this is the best I could get out of MailChimp's embedded form generator:
God, that's ugly. What I really wanted was something more like this:
Ah, now that's better. So here's how to fix it: