I’ll stop the selling of Newsletter Pro from December 1, 2012. This is not a bad news anyway: the pro features will be merged into the new Newsletter 3 withing six months. For customer, support and updates will continue (I’m using the pro version on most of my blogs…) and a migration guide will be available in the near future. More on Newsletter page.
Newsletter Pro are a pretty stable plugin: there are lot of installation on lot of different environments. But problems can happen: specific hosting space configurations, conflicting plugins and other compatibility issues in rare cases can make Newsletter Pro not working.
But Newsletter and Newsletter Pro plugin are quite similiar so if Newsletter works, Newsletter Pro should work as well and a Newsletter installation can discover problems that won’t be solved by Newsletter Pro. I do not leave bug on free version to sell the pro version!
Hence, the steps below must be followed (let me to use this strong verb) before purchase the pro version. Direct support won’t be available to Newsletter Pro NEW customers staring from January 1, 2012.
- Install Newsletter plugin from WordPress Plugin Directory (to intsall it from WordPress plugin panel, just search for “newsletter” and install the one “by Satollo”)
- Configure its main setting reading the info boxes under each option
- Enter some test email addresses and test them: if something goes wrong try to change the configuration (re-read the info boxes under each option)
- Create a WordPress page dedicated to the newsletter subscription and put in it the short code [ newsletter ] (do not copy that one, it contains spaces, write it by hand without spaces)
- Copy the address of that page (it will be something like http://www.yourdomain.com/newsletter or, without permalinks active – discuraged – , http://www.yourdomain.com/?page_id=nnn) and copy it exactly on Newsletter main settings
- Go to the subscription form panel and, just to start, check if the email and name fields label are filled up; check the configurable buttons labels as well
- Open your just created newsletter page and verify if the subscription form is there; adjust the subscription form panel options as needed
- Do couple of real subscriptions from that page: all messages will be in english, but you can change them on the subscription process panel; single or double opt-in option is there as well
- Be sure to have some confirmed subscribers searching them on the “subscribers” panel
- Create an email from the “emails” panel and do some real sending test: real mailing test are harder to do when the list is already grown
That’s all, you have the newsletter system active and probably you can use it for a while before evaluate if the added features of the pro version are something you really need!
If something does not work, for example if the real emails do not start, check the official Newsletter plugin page because you may have issues with the internal WordPress cron system.