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.