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[resolved] Auto subscribe registered users to one category (9 posts)

  1. David
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    We have a need to auto-subscribe users who register to the site. Its a restricted site so all users are forced to register and login for access. Is it possible to auto-subscribe them? It seems like this is what Compulsory Categories does + Subscribe new users registering with your blog set to Automatically. Is that the correct flow? We noticed that new users are not being subscribed to that compulsory category. Thanks, appreciate the help.
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  2. mattyrob
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    @David,

    Have you seen the Auto-Subscribe section in the Registered Users tab of the Subscribe2->Settings page?

  3. David
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Yep both options I mentioned above are under the Registered Users tab.

    Subscribe new users registering with your blog: Automatically
    Auto-subscribe includes any excluded categories: No
    Registration Form option is checked by default: Yes
    Auto-subscribe users to receive email as: HTML - Full

  4. mattyrob
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    @David,

    I've just tested and it works fine for me. If you have compulsory categories defined they will appeared checked, but greyed out. This is so that your users are aware they are subscribed to that category but it's not possible for them to change the setting.

    For auto subscription you probably don't need the compulsory category part. That simply makes the category send an email to all registered users every time - irrespective of their preferences.

  5. David
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Ah so if I'm understanding this correctly, a compulsory category would email all registered users which means they're subscribed anyway, to that one category. Then technically we wouldn't need to auto subscribe them. So its actually the compulsory category we need but the auto subscribe that we don't. Is that right?

  6. mattyrob
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    @David,

    Either way will work, bear in mind that by making the category compulsory your users cannot unsubscribe unless you delete their WordPress user account. If tat suits you then compulsory is probably easier. But if you want to allow your users the freedom to opt out without you having to delete account the Auto-Subscribe way might be better.

  7. David
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Thanks for the tip. Auto subscribe is the better option so users can opt out. Does that work with a single category though? We only want to auto-subscribe users to an "announcements" category and leave the rest unselected. The others they can just opt in and out on their own.

  8. mattyrob
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    @David,

    I think your best way would be the following:

    In Subscribe2->Settings under the Registered Users Tab:
    1. Exclude all categories except for the "announcements" category
    2. Make sure the "Allow registered users to subscribe to excluded categories?" is checked.
    3. Enable the Auto-Subscribe settings but...
    4. Make sure the "Auto-subscribe includes any excluded categories:" option is set to "no"

    This will have the effect you describe above - all new users will be automatically subscribed to your announcements category but will be free to add other categories if they wish and also to unsubscribe from the announcements category.

  9. David
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Thanks @mattyrob.

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