I’d like to have something that is a simply text entry field and a submit button that will take down a user’s email address (validate of course) and provide me, as administrator, with a way to send out a newsletter to some or all subscribers if I wish.
Skippy’s subscribe2 plugin might be the thing, but I found the recent version made it a bit ambiguous… since I definatly do NOT want an email going out every time I post something. I’m just looking for a simple newsletter signup, NOT notification. Any advice? 🙂
It’s not free, but I use a program called “GroupMail” (www.infacta.com). You set up a link to an email address (such as “email@example.com”) that automatically inserts “subscribe” or “unsubscribe” in the subject field. GroupMail checks the account as often as you desire, adding/deleting subscribers and, if you choose, sending them verification/welcome emails–all automatically. I also use this software to actually send the email newsletter. You can schedule it to deliver to groups whenever you want and, if your host provider doesn’t like large numbers of emails hitting at the same time, will break them up into smaller sub-groups to avoid the issue.
No, I am not an employee of Infacta, but I’ve been using this to much success for a couple of years now. I regularly copy posts into GroupMail and schedule them for delivery in an HTML format. With a little practice and set-up, you can even make it look exactly the same as your blog.
Hope this helps.
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