Tag Archives: MailPress

How to Disable Content Plugins in a MailPress Newsletter

Many WordPress plugins register the_content filters that alter your posts in some way, like adding bookmarking icons at the bottom of a post, or Google +1 buttons without you having to edit your theme. This is particularly helpful when you change themes, and some plugins make dynamic content modifications that you couldn't do by editing your theme anyway.

MailPress runs these filters when generating your newsletter so that the post looks the same in your newsletter as it does on your site. However, email programs often have bizarre limitations on what they are able to display and sometimes plugins generate content that looks fine in a web browser but doesn't look good at all in email. For example, the SexyBookmarks icons turn into a list of bookmarking links which look way less than sexy when viewed in Windows Live Mail.

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How to Style the MailPress Subscription Widget

By default, the MailPress subscription widget looks pretty crude, because it has no styling. To make it look nice like the one on BuildYourBlog.net, you need to add some rules to the style.css file in your theme. Start by creating a child theme, if you haven't already done so. Then add these rules to your child theme's style.css:

/* Center the MailPress subscription form */
.MailPress { text-align: center; }

/* Widen the subscription form boxes, and put space between them */
.MailPressFormEmail, .MailPressFormName {
 width: 190px;
 margin: 5px 0;
}

There is no field in the widget for adding a friendly message inviting your visitors to subscribe, but you can do this by adding:

/* Add a friendly invitation to the top of the MailPress signup form */
.MailPress:before { content: "Enter your Email and Name to Subscribe
to my Free Newsletter:" }

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How to Configure Your Blog's Newsletter in MailPress

MailPress is the most powerful free self-hosted automatic newsletter plugin for WordPress, according to my detailed comparison of WordPress newsletter plugins. But and all that power can make it a little tricky to configure.

Having a newsletter on your blog allows visitors to subscribe to regular updates via email. An automatic newsletter simplifies the process so that all you have to do is post articles to your blog, and the newsletter to your subscribers is built and sent automatically with no extra effort from you. Even with the advent of RSS feeds and Twitter, email is still the easiest way of getting back in touch with people who have visited your blog before, and giving them a reason to visit again.

So here is a step-by-step guide to configuring your MailPress newsletter:

Install MailPress

If you don't already have MailPress installed, now is the time. Add it just like … Continue reading…

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Comparison of WordPress Email Newsletter Subscription Plugins

When I was migrating my blog from Joomla! to WordPress, I investigated a bunch of different automatic newsletter generation options. I concluded that MailPress was the best fit for my requirements. Here is a summary of what I found along the way.

Requirements

Under Joomla! I used Vemod News Mailer to automatically mail new content to subscribers, and I wanted the same functionality under WordPress. My basic requirements, prioritized from most-to-least important, were for a solution that could:

  1. Automatically email new posts to all subscribers
  2. Send HTML
  3. Bulk Import subscribers from CSV file
  4. Export subscribers in a CSV file
  5. Support throttling to avoid mail server rate limitations
  6. Capture Name in addition to Email address
  7. Allow links in HTML
  8. Send a personalized email per article, Title as Subject
  9. Include links generated by the SEO Smart Links Pro plugin
  10. Include a simple unsubscribe link in every email
  11. Add a clickable list of
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