DitsNews 0.2.0-alpha3

DitsNews 0.2.0-alpha3

Released Jul 01, 2011 by ditsmedia

Deprecated: no longer maintained by author

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Version: 0.2.0 alpha1

Since: June, 23rd, 2011

Author: Dit's Media (info@ditsmedia.nl)

License: GNU GPLv2 (or later at your option)

Warning  !!!!

Version 0.2.0 is not 100% compatible with 0.1.0! There are some database and functionality changes. As always, backup before updating!

Also, the CSV import/export is missing in this release. It will be back in 0.2.1.

=========== Description ===========

This component is a newsletter system for MODX Revolution. It allows you to manage subscribers/groups and send newsletters.

Download 71kb (4698 downloads)
Downloads: 6,895
License: GPLv2
Requires Revolution 2.1.x or greater
Supports mysql

 Features

  • newsletters/groups/subscribers management
  • import/export subscribers (CSV)
  • message queue (50 messages per batch)
  • subscribe through form
  • confirm subscription (link in email message)
  • unsubscribe via link in newsletter
  • public/private groups (you can only subscribe to public groups)
Upcoming versions (TODO)

  • move settings to MODx System Settings
  • make message queue batch size editable (fixed at 50 for now)
  • statistics (views, bounces, etc.)
  • handle bounces
  • remove unconfirmed subscriptions
  • more translations (english and dutch only for now)

Installation Instructions

 Requirements

  • MODX Revolution (tested with 2.1.1)
  • FormIt (for subscription form)
  • Cronjobs (or some other method to run a script periodically)

 Installation

  • Install through Package Management
  • Add a cronjob (change paths): */5 * * * * /path/to/php /path/to/core/components/ditsnews/cron/cron.php
  • Create the newsletter template (just a normal template; CSS must be in the template itself with full URL paths to images. No external CSS!)
  • Create a signup page (ditsnewssignup chunk; change as required)
  • Create a "Thank you" page (and set it as 'redirectTo' in the ditsnewssignup chunk)
  • Create a confirm / opt-in page (add ditsnewsconfirm snippet) and set it's id in ditsnewssignup chunk
  • Create a unsubscribe page (add ditsnewsunsubscribe snippet) and add a link to this page in your newsletter template
  • Go to Components -> DitsNews and change the settings (Menu -> Settings)

 How to send your first newsletter

  • Add a testing Group
  • Add yourself as a subscriber (and add yourself to the testing group)
  • Create a new newsletter and select the document you just created. Send it to the testing group only!
  • After the cronjob runs you will receive your newsletter
  • Test the newsletter in many differtent email clients (Apple Mail, Outlook, Gmail, etc.)
  • For every webmail client: check the newsletter in different browsers!

 Example newsletter template

See readme.txt in components/ditsnews/docs

Fixed placeholders . (bug report: https://github.com/ditsmedia/DitsNews/issues/11 )

Warning !!!

Version 0.2.0 is not 100% compatible with 0.1.0! There are some database and functionality changes. As always, backup before updating!

Also, the CSV import/export is missing in this release. It will be back in 0.2.1.

Version Released Author Downloads
5 Versions 2 Contributors 6,991 Downloads
0.2.0-alpha2 Jun, 27 2011 jeroenkenters 326
0.2.0-alpha1 Jun, 23 2011 jeroenkenters 285
0.1-alpha2 Feb, 14 2011 ditsmedia 1,040
0.1.0-alpha Dec, 24 2010 ditsmedia 645