While WordPress comes inbuilt with the power of RSS, which allows users to subscribe to new posts and view them in their feed readers. For those who prefer the traditional method of receiving updates via email, you have Feedburner or Feedblitz that enable you to do this.
But, what if you want to send a newsletter out to interested readers. One option is to get hold of a remote newsletter solution. However, this can cost you a good amount of money if you have many subscribers. Another option is to install a mailing list software on your server. Yet another is to rely on good old email clients like Outlook or Thunderbird.
Then again you can use MailPress.
With this plugin you will be able to send beautiful and styled html and plain text mails based on dedicated themes and templates for any e-mail notification issued for
- comments subscribers,
- your periodic newsletters or post notification (per post/daily/weekly/monthly),
- specific admin events : registration of a new user, comment to moderate, new comment on your posts.
MailPress is powerful and extendable with addons. Installation requires a few more steps like setting the appropriate permissions for the tmp folder as well as configuring the various settings of the plugin.
Add the necessary code to your template or use the sidebar widget and you are good to go.
The plugin integrates perfectly within WordPress 2.7 and picks up the styles too.
You have complete customization on the look and layout of newsletter, through the use of themes. The plugin comes inbuilt with five themes and you can quickly design your very own.
The plugin creates a Add New Mail screen in your WP-Admin as you can see in the screenshot above. This is what you would use to compose your newsletter. The plugin uses the familiar inbuilt editor to compose your email, you there isn’t any learning curve. It’s as easy as writing a new post, with a few extra options.
Save the new mail as a draft for future use or send it across to your subscribers.
Overall, MailPress is a great plugin that adds a fantastic functionality to your blog. However, this isn’t a plugin that would cater to all and sundry. If you have no interest in writing a newsletter, then you’ve absolutely no use adding this plugin to your blog.
However, if you’re a regular writer and want to add and retain viewers / readers then this plugin enables you to attract a whole lot of visitors who are interested in not only what you have to say in public, but also in the confines of their email inbox.
Lastly, on a minor note, MailPress is already available on a domain. I think it’s time for the author to move it completely on a separate account, instead of as a sub-domain that it currently is.
MailPress already has already seen well over 20,000 downloads so far, so I’m sure atleast some of you have it running. What has been your experience with the plugin so far? Do you prefer this over other newsletter management software?
What features would you like added? And, what would you like removed? Is it fast enough for your needs?
And, if you’re looking to setup a newsletter, does MailPress fulfill your needs?