How to Configure Your Email Newsletter
The second step of the guide to the Newsletter plugin takes a look at how you can configure your newsletter settings.
Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
Step 2) On the left-hand sidebar of the Dashboard, scroll down to Newsletter and choose Configuration from the dropdown. You will see a toolbar at the top of the page that features Basic and Advanced Settings, Delivery Speed, SMTP settings and Content Locking.
Step 3) Looking at the Basic Settings first, the first port of call is to set the sender email address and name that will show in the email that sends the newsletter to the user.
Step 4) The return path is the valid email address that gets the delivery of error messages, including when the email address is invalid, the mailbox is full, etc. Use the Reply to email box to add an email address that subscribers can reply to.
Step 5) The license key is used to allow extensions to self update. Enter it here to enable this feature.
Step 6) The Delivery Speed option on the toolbar allows you to set the speed delivery if emails. In the first box, enter the maximum emails per hour that will will allow to send. Different delivery engines have different limits, but you can set yours here, to ensure speedy delivery without compromise.
Step 7) The Advanced Settings begin with an option to enable access to blog editors (yes or no). The API key is a secret sequence of characters that must be passed on while calling the externally exposed API of the Newsletter plugin.
Step 8) You can set your own CSS to style your forms. If you are unaware of how to do this, leave this box alone and you will keep the default CSS style form.
Step 9) The email body content encoding is the way an email message is encoded. The default is fine, but if providers have old mail servers, there could be problems managing messages with long lines. In this instance, try the option marked Base 64.
Step 10) Setting the PHP max execution is useful as sending newsletters can be a slow process, depending on the speed of the mail service. If you feel you should override the default, enter the time in seconds into the box provided.
Step 11) The SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is what email systems that use the Internet uses to send messages from one server to another. If you are using GoDaddy, MailJet or another service, it may override the options on this section. Choose yes or no to enable to SMTP for the plugin.
Step 12) Enter your Host (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) in the box provided, and the port. This will change depending on which host you are using. Enter your user and password for authentication, or leave blank if it is not required. You can also send test emails to make sure your service is working properly.
Step 13) Content locking is useful as it gives you control over whether specific content can be seen by unsubscribed users, including blog posts, comments and more. From the options below, you can lock tags and categories, enter an unlock URL (which will redirect used to another page) and create a message for users who click on locked content.
The next step of the guide will focus on How to Use Diagnostics in Newsletter: Crons, Email Tests, and More.