Let’s get straight to the point, MailPress is the best free Email Marketing and Email List Manager plugin for WordPress. It lets you collect emails and send newsletters when you want, helping you keep close contact with your readers. Why would you use Mailpress instead of other established online services such as Mailchimp and Campaign Monitor? First reason, you get to send emails without incurring any cost, i.e. the Mailpress solution is FREE. Second reason, you get a fully fledged mailing list system within your WordPress admin panel, thus it is CONVENIENT.
Here are some notes about this plugin:
To add a subscription form widget
This can either be done via widgets, via shortcode or by manually inserting code into your theme.
Subscription Form Via Widgets
- Go to Appearance >Widgets
- Drag the MailPress widget onto the widget enabled area.
Subscription Form Via Shortcode
This method is ideal when you want to insert the subscription form in a post or page from the Edit screen. Including in a page or a post can be done by using the following shortcode:
Subscription Form Via Manual Insertion
Including the following code (in your sidebar or in your WordPress theme), will insert the MailPress subscription form.
[php]if (class_exists(‘MailPress’)) MailPress::form(); [/php]
I like to enable also the following MailPress add-ons:
- Batch send
- Bounce handling
- Bulk import
Configuring Mailing Lists
One of the first mailing lists I always create is called ‘Website Subscribes’ and contains all the users who subscribe to the newsletter from the subscribe (using the Subscribe form we mentioned earlier). I create it by editing the default ‘Uncategorized’ mailing list, which serves no real purpose and is thus best renamed.
More details and instructions can be found on the MailPress website. Have you used this plugin? What do you think of it?
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