Subscribe2

Description

Summary

Subscribe2 provides a comprehensive subscription management and email notification system for WordPress blogs that sends email notifications to a list of subscribers when you publish new content to your blog.

A full description of features is below.

Email

Email notifications can be sent on a per-post basis or periodically in a Digest email. Additionally, certain categories can be excluded from inclusion in the notification and posts can be excluded on an individual basis by setting a custom field.

Subscriptions

Subscription requests allows users to publicly subscribe (Public Subscribers) by submitting their email address in an easy to use form or to register with your blog (Registered Users) which enables greater flexibility over the email content for per-post notifications for the subscriber. Admins are given control over the presentation of the email notifications, can bulk manage subscriptions for users and manually send email notices to subscribers.

The format of the email can also be customised for per-post notifications, Subscribe2 can generate emails for each of the following formats:

  • plaintext excerpt.
  • plaintext full post (Registered Users only).
  • HTML excerpt (Registered Users only).
  • HTML full post (Registered Users only).

If you want to send new post notification or daily, weekly or monthly email digest of published posts to your email list in MailChimp, AWeber, Constant Contact etc, upgrade to MailOptin.

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Installation

AUTOMATIC INSTALLATION

  1. Log in to your WordPress blog and visit Plugins -> Add New.
  2. Search for Subscribe2, click “Install Now” and then Activate the Plugin
  3. Visit the “Subscribe2 -> Settings” menu.
  4. Configure the options to taste, including the email template and any categories which should be excluded from notification
  5. Visit the “Subscribe2 -> Subscribers” menu.
  6. Manually subscribe people as you see fit.
  7. Create a WordPress Page to display the subscription form. When creating the page, you may click the “S2” button on the QuickBar to automatically insert the Subscribe2 token. Or, if you prefer, you may manually insert the Subscribe2 shortcode or token: [subscribe2] or the HTML invisible <!--subscribe2--> Ensure the token is on a line by itself and that it has a blank line above and below.
    This token will automatically be replaced by dynamic subscription information and will display all forms and messages as necessary.
  8. In the WordPress “Settings” area for Subscribe2 select the page name in the “Appearance” section that of the WordPress page created in step 7.

MANUAL INSTALLATION

  1. Copy the entire /subscribe2/ directory into your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin.
  3. Visit the “Subscribe2 -> Settings” menu.
  4. Configure the options to taste, including the email template and any categories which should be excluded from notification
  5. Visit the “Subscribe2 -> Subscribers” menu.
  6. Manually subscribe people as you see fit.
  7. Create a WordPress Page to display the subscription form. When creating the page, you may click the “S2” button on the QuickBar to automatically insert the Subscribe2 token. Or, if you prefer, you may manually insert the Subscribe2 shortcode or token: [subscribe2] or the HTML invisible <!--subscribe2--> Ensure the token is on a line by itself and that it has a blank line above and below.
    This token will automatically be replaced by dynamic subscription information and will display all forms and messages as necessary.
  8. In the WordPress “Settings” area for Subscribe2 select the page name in the “Appearance” section that of the WordPress page created in step 7.

Reviews

Very poor.

Dont waste your time. I lost over 100 subscribers because this plugin was installed, tested, and working fine. The site went public, and a few days in the plugin just stopped working. Support is there, but poor. We're several days in, and no further forward. All I'm getting is told what I see on my screen isnt actually there. The guys seems to get very stroppy when told his plugin has problems. Its bordering on aggressive.

Good and Easy

I just now installed this plugin, and manually tried sending email notification to all my 1000 registered users, and the plugin did the job efficiently within some moments. It is certainly a good and straightforward plugin for sending email notifications to registered users in bulk. However I hope it is updated regularly to keep it compatible with the latest WordPress.

STAY AWAY

Be very wary of this plugin. Firstly, it hasn't been updated in 7 months, and that's a red flag. I own a digital agency and my developers are very familiar with plugins. We built and maintain several plugins that we sell to the public. I tell you all of that to give you perspective to our plugin experience and expertise. We used this plugin on a new client site because it was used on their old site, and they didn't have any problem with it. We installed this plugin on the client's Beta site (in-development website). After importing our client's subscriber list, we then batch-imported our client's blog posts from their old site. And without any warning or indication, the plugin began a MASSIVE run of sending email notifications of each blog post published to the entire subscriber list. We caught this about half-way through, and did everything we could to stop the emails from coming; our datacenter manually disabled website email sending and we DEACTIVATED THE PLUGIN. In fact, they were able to confirm through our datacenter partner that despite disabling website sending at the server level (which should have stopped this issue in its tracks), the plugin kept sending email. ... But the emails kept coming. and coming. and coming. This was an unmitigated disaster for our client and I felt paralyzed and helpless, seemingly unable to make it stop. We have deleted the plugin, never to return. Our datacenter described the situation with Subscribe2 as a "physical impossibility" that the plugin could keep sending mail when all of these safeguards were put in place (disabling mail sending, deactivating the plugin, etc...) We will be syndicating email via Mail Chimp or Active Campaign moving forward, and I advise everyone to do the same.

Great for publicity – not for privacy

This plugin has reliably sent out notifications to my subscribers for each new post. If that is what you need, then this is a good choice. But sometimes I don't want the plugin to send out a notification. That was the case today when I changed a post from private to public - but I didn't want everyone to know about that change - only if they happened to stumble upon it. I manually checked the option to disable sending the post, but that didn't matter - the plugin still efficiently sent out notifications to each and every one of my subscribers. I confirmed this with the 3rd party mail service I use. NOT what I wanted. I think next time I want to keep something private, I will just deactivate the plugin first!

Excellent plugin

I have just started using this plugin. I've tried many others to accomplish similar goals on my various websites There are a few others I have tried but Subscribe2 is the best I've been developing websites for a very long time and am having quite a great experience with this plugn It does exactly what I need it to do so I have no complaints This is what web development should be all about IMHO

Great update

Thanks to the dev team for a fantastic update. This plugin seems to be back on track. I'm back to recommending this to other developers for their sites. I remember thinking awhile ago that this was the best email subscription plugin and happy to say that I feel that way again.
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Contributors & Developers

“Subscribe2” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

10.28

  • Fix warning message for when set_time_limit() is disabled in php.ini
  • Remove unused variable to fix error message
  • Fixes for strict in_array() checks

10.27

  • Tightened checks for Coding Standards
  • Fixed bug in category form display caused by tighter coding standards
  • Save Editor content before sending preview email for better user experience
  • Update Excerpt creation code for languages that don’t use spaces – props Masatoshi Hakoshima
  • Improved layout and efficiency of JavaScript files
  • Enable Preview emails for Classic Editor users
  • Update to use latest jQuery UI css library
  • Tidied up unused globals

10.26.1

  • Added Gutenberg support.

10.26

  • Fixed a bug in barred domain checking
  • Updated to latest PHP Code sniff standards and cleansed files
  • Other minor bug fixes and enhancements

10.25

  • Dropped use of the ‘Precedence’ email header as use is controversial and not widely supported
  • Fix for date appearing in wrong language when authors use different language in WordPress admin to the main site language
  • Fixed warning message on Your Subscriptions page
  • Further Coding Standard improvements
  • Add GDPR warning to Settings page for certain settings
  • Fixed error message in older version of WordPress where get_user_locale() function is not available
  • Extended ‘s2_form’ filter to include shortcode attributes to allow more accurate filtering
  • Extended Widget to pass attribute to indicate Widget use over standard form use
  • Fix some notices generated by undefined variables
  • Ensure Editor buttons loads when Classic Editor plugin in use with WordPress 5.0

10.24

  • Fixes for the Subscribers page – sorting and Multisite improvements
  • Code layout improvements
  • Other minor bug fixes and enhancements

10.23

  • Improve REGEX for the old Subscribe2 token – props @pik256
  • Applied Grunt to packing for distribution so files are minified differently
  • Load external javascripts asynchronously
  • Improve Bulk Management user experience
  • Move Display options for Subscriber page to screen option
  • Fixed error messages when using ‘s2_custom_keyword’ hook in digest mode – thanks to Bryan Fogarty
  • Ported several features from Subscribe2 HTML including Remote IP checking and email address validation
  • Other minor big fixes

10.22.2

  • Fix JavaScript issue when toggling subscribers
  • Fix to correct display of Registered Subscribers on multisite installs
  • Fix for Content Type in plaintext emails

10.22.1

  • Minor release with some bug fixes that really needed fixing – thanks to @doyousoft and @tastymouse

See complete changelog installed in the same folder as this readme.