More details coming soon. This post will cover how-to steps with screen shots so that you can’t go wrong when whitelisting an email address. Whitelisting is important when you enroll in newsletters or other subscriptions to ensure that you receive the intended emails directly in your inbox. It prevents those emails from being placed in SPAM or PROMOTIONS or some other folder. Your email client, the tool you use to view your emails, makes this decision based on its algorithms. By whitelisting an email address which is to say adding it to your contacts list, those emails will avoid the nasty email algorithm and will automatically land in your inbox saving you time from poking around trying to find it.
Tools, techniques and reminders for creating and maintaining websites, especially those using Wordpress including hosting, discounts, plugins, and more.
What is an autoresponder?
Examples – mailchimp, Aweber, ConstantContact, Newsletter, OptinMonster, SendInBlue, Bloom, Icegram, Thrive Leads, Mailpoet and many more.
There are two types of autoresponders – those which install and are accessed on your WordPress site as a plugin, and those which have a whole platform separate from your WordPress site.
I’m finding that it is very difficult to get the real details of what each autoresponder provides without actually installing it and running it through a few tests. Let’s face it we want to get as much for free as we can. So this post will be a work in progress, and will in the end be a chart of features I think are important and which of those features are provided in the free version of each one.
One main feature I’m looking for is automatic sending of a newsletter when a new post is published.
Right now here are my unorganized results:
- Newsletter – on WP site, uses css to create and modify forms and news letters, no automation in free version
- Mailchimp – separate platform, has block form and newsletter builder, has rss feed with statistics (not sure this is the free version), is not 1A compliant.
- Subscriber – on WP site, UI is poor, many problems sending new post notifications.
This is a test to test the rss feed for Send in Blue. It should send out 5 emails at 4 PM EDT. It has an excerpt as well. Let’s see where that shows up.
A channel may optionally contain a <textInput> sub-element, which contains four required sub-elements.
<title> — The label of the Submit button in the text input area.
<description> — Explains the text input area.
<name> — The name of the text object in the text input area.
<link> — The URL of the CGI script that processes text input requests.
Advantages of RSS emails for bloggers
The obvious advantage of RSS campaigns is the ability to send notifications straight to your subscribers’ inboxes when a new blog post is published. This, of course, increases the chances of the post being read.
Email is a powerful direct line of communication.
With the evolution of permission-based email marketing, the inbox has come to represent a curated, personal space. People don’t give their email address to just anyone anymore.
If someone signs up to your email list, it’s because they’re genuinely interested in your content. What’s great about RSS emails is that you’re sending a blog post notification to an already engaged audience.
The other advantage of recurring RSS campaigns is that they’re automated. Set it, forget it, then sit back and watch the traffic roll in.
Sounds like a sweet deal, right? Let’s take a look at how to set up RSS emails.
I find that many web developers or website building systems do not provide a whole and complete web presence. They may provide a basic or a beautiful engaging website, but don’t provide all the secondary capabilities that make it a complete presence.
What I consider a complete presence package, includes email addresses with the corporate branding (the domain name), auto-responders to engage multiple types of audiences, merchant capabilities, and for non-profits or political campaigns a donation system with auto-responding ability. Without all of these the package is incomplete.
Let’s start with the email. Many of the people and small business owners I talk with are using their business name attached to a gmail.com or yahoo.com or even protonmail.com as their email address. While this does keep the marketing for the business in the email name, it also markets for the .com being used giving the perception of not being fully branded.
What many don’t realize is that with the correct domain registrar or the correct host, they could have as many email addresses they want complete with their own brand. No more advertising for another .com.
My services always include unlimited email address for anyone who uses my website services where I’m providing the hosting. Unlimited. And I will provide the hands-on instruction to incorporate that business email address into the email client being used, whether it is gmail, protonmail or Mac mail.
To start the MX records need to be changed at the domain level tell the domain servers where to direct the email. Here are the directions for Bluehost. I’ll be expanding on this shortly, but for now this is how its done.
Email and IMAP records should look like this:
Sometimes Bluehost does not show the email as assigned for a domain, trying to force you to purchase Google Workspace. Instead add the emails using the cPanel Emails function in the Advanced Tools page.
I’m learning that the most important step to take when building a new website is selecting the best theme for that site. For me this takes days as I mull over feathers, look at demos, and even pay for some to try out and then find they don’t do what I want. Then after I make that decision and it is a long drawn out decision, I then have to learn how the theme behaves and where to put the stuff that I want to be displayed using the built-in theme behavior.
Finally I found a theme that is easily “themeable” meaning I can make my own themes from it and it is extremely customizable. It is themify! So now I can learn one them and all its behavior and be able to build a gazillion sites in the flash of a light!! Wooo Hoo!! More on this soon.
I want to document one thing. (I posted this on their forum and got a response within 8 hours!! Yeah!)
I’m using the page Home-2 as my Front-page that came with the demo. It already has a nice slider with 3 images it sequences through. I would just like to change out those demo images. The documentation for the theme options Header Wrap states:
“To insert an image slider:
Select Header Type = “Slider” and click “Insert Gallery”
My Header Wrap does not have a Header Type option. Can you point me in the right direction please?
I finally found where to update the slider. While displaying the page, hover over Edit Page and Page Options will appear. Clicking on that I was then able to find the “insert Gallery” link.
However it seems once a gallery has been defined for the slider as was my case since it was the demo, the “insert Gallery” link fails. Took awhile for me to determine that the link was actually failing. I turned on pop-ups for the domain, and still no luck getting the link to work.
So I started a new blank page and added in a new slider. Then I created the gallery in the new slider with the images I wanted. And then copied and pasted the gallery ids = line from the new page into the existing Home-2 page where I want it. So it is a workaround, but it worked.
So many times there are things you do once and then never have to worry about them again. Until….
An easy way to create a new web page is to start with choosing and installing a theme, choosing and installing one of the demos for that them, and then working from that. You can either change the posts or create new ones. You can either change categories or create new ones. And you can change the pages or create new ones.
But the one thing that is not intuitively obvious is setting the page you want as the landing page to be the Home Front Page! It’s not in the theme settings, it not in the page settings, although you can easily see it in the list of the pages. No this is completely hidden. And it is one of those few things that you do once, and then forget about it until months later when you want to create yet another web page!
Ok I had to ask. I asked the theme developers because I purchased the theme and it seems to me it would be a part of the theme. But no the designers of WordPress thought this would be better served as a WordPress setting. So it is something that needs set in your WordPress home backend. On my host (Bluehost) it looks like this:
If you haven’t yet told WordPress which page is to be the Home Front Page, then instead of Update it will show Start Here. In fact the nice thing with this is you don’t have to name your home page Home. You can give it any name and it is the Front Page setting that specifies it is the landing or home page for your site.
Hope this helps!
Happy Site Creation!