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[resolved] Tables Do Not Show for e-Mail Subscribers (4 posts)

  1. ap4wordpressorg
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    One of my journalism student interns found TablePress and asked me to install it. I did so. Great plug-in! Much nicer than trying to teach such students how to code a table in HTML. The results look great. See the first post using the plugin here:

    http://systematicmartinilifestyle.com/texas-wines-by-region/

    Very nice! Interactive. Cool stuff.

    Unfortunately, what an e-mail RSS subscriber to the blog sees looks like this:

    "...and the Mesilla Valley to the west are excluded from the table.

    [table id=2 /]

    As you can see the state offers numerous different..."

    Obviously, it is not going to be possible to deliver the full interactivity to e-mail subscribers. However, would it be possible to at least insert a default version of the table (probably all rows would be best) into the e-mail versions that get distributed?

    Thanks!

    David Hetherington
    President
    Asatte Press, Inc.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tablepress/

  2. TobiasBg
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi David,

    thanks for your post, great to hear that you like the plugin!
    Sorry for the trouble with that.

    Now, I'm a little bit confused though. When I check your site's RSS feed at http://systematicmartinilifestyle.com/feed/ I can see the HTML code for the table in there, and not just the Shortcode...
    Also, I'm not sure where you have that "e-mail RSS subscriber" feature. Is that another plugin?

    Regards,
    Tobias

  3. ap4wordpressorg
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Tobias,

    It works like this:

    In the main Jetpack screen there is a "Subscriptions" block with a configure button.

    If you configure this option, when the user leaves a comment on your block there are two checkboxes at the bottom of the comment form:

    - Notify me of follow-up comments by e-mail
    - Notify me of new posts by e-mail

    If the user selects the second one, they become a "subscriber" Every time you publish a new post, WordPress formats the post into an e-mail and sends the post to their inbox as an already formatted e-mail.

    It is this email that looks funny. As you noticed, the blog looks fine. However, the formatted e-mail does not display the table.

    If you send me an e-mail address to djhreg@yahoo.com, I will send you back the actual formatted e-mail for this post as well as some screen captures.

    [Editorial type=Nothing-to-Do-With-Tablepress]
    1) There is a fancier widget somewhere that makes this subscription stuff much more visible and pretty to the user. You can see it on my other blog StepOffTheCliff.com - In the right hand column under "shop my store" you will see a "subscriptions" widget with a some nice icons to click which does the same thing.
    2) Many users like this subscription feature - so convenient. Stuff shows up automatically in their e-mail. No need to have to take the time to go look at your blog. As a blog author, however, these susbcriptions are a headache because WordPress provides piss-poor support (read "No support at all") for understanding how many of these people are out there. You might have 1,000 avid readers out there hanging on every word you wrote, but your jetpack stats and your Google anlaytics stats will show only 3 page views because the underlying RSS mechanism (which I am not an expert on) distributes the stuff without leaving any records for you.
    [/Editorial]

  4. TobiasBg
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi,

    thanks for that description. Now I know what you are talking about :-)

    Unfortunately, there's nothing here that I can change about this in TablePress :-( This would have to be changed in the Jetpack plugin (or better: in the actual process that retrieves and renders the post content for inclusion in the email).
    In TablePress, all I can do (which is what I'm doing now) is to register the Shortcode that I want to use in the plugin. If a plugin that uses the post content doesn't tell TablePress to evaluate that Shortcode, there's nothing I can do :-(

    You'll therefore need to contact the Jetpack people about this. Maybe they can add this enhancement in Jetpack.
    Sorry for not having better news. :-(

    Regards,
    Tobias

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