[Product-Developers] status of newsletter packages
djay at pretaweb.com
Tue Nov 5 21:04:35 UTC 2013
On 06/11/2013, at 12:31 AM, Paul Roeland <paul at cleanclothes.org> wrote:
> On 2013-10-30 20:01, Dylan Jay wrote:
>> I also agree that we need internal solutions. Gov don't like paying for
>> extra extra services and there are things singing and dancing can do
>> that mailchimp can't like collect Plone content togeather and send it
> Basically, what is needed is a 'newsletter' product that creates a HTML
> mail, as solid as possible regarding css, and then sends that off to
> *one* email address.
> That address should be the one of your favourite mailinglist provided,
> be it Mailchimp if you have no privacy requirements and a lot of money,
> or something like Sympa if you run in-house.
> Mailing list handling (bounces, load balancing, rate limiting etcetera)
> is *hard* if your list is non-trivial in size. And not something we
> should solve. Yet creating the mail itself is definitely useful.
There is one in between option that is useful. Sendgrid is a service
we use for some clients. You define the list of users to send to and
it handles delivery, bounces tracking etc and for a very reasonable
One reason to use this is you can have complex list segmentation. We
run lists for every bus route in NSW for www.sydneybuses.info and we
tried mailchimp and 3 of its competitors and none of them could handle
that many segments, at least at the time. So we used singing and
dancing instead with sendgrid.
So I think there is place for list subscribe/user profiles in plone
but I think it's something very custom so needs to be done in a tool
like pfg or plomino so you can really customise the subscribe
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