MailPoet for WordPress is a great little plugin to use for sending out newsletters and receiving subscribers from your website.

set up MailPoet for WordPress.

Read this tutorial to set up MailPoet for WordPress

  • Go to the Plugins panel
  • Click on Add New
  • Go to Search and type in “MailPoet Newsletters” By MailPoet
  • Click on Install Now > OK
  • Click on Activate Plugin

Set up MailPoet

  • Go to MailPoet panel
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Thanks! Now take me to MailPoet”

Set up the sign up form for website

  • Click on Settings
  • Type the following details:
    • Your company’s address
    • Email notifications
    • Sender of notifications
  • Leave all the default settings
  • Save Settings

The Form

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  • Click on the Form tab
  • Hover over the default form and click Edit
  • This is just a basic form with an Email field and Subscribe button
  • Re-write the After submit… text if you wish
  • Save
  • Click back on the List of forms
  • Click on Signup Confirmation
  • Re-write any of the default information
  • Save Settings
  • Click on Advanced
  • Re-write any of the default information
  • Save Settings

Subscribers

  • Click on> Subscribers in the left panel under MailPoet

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  • You will see a default list
  • Click on Edit Lists
  • Scroll over My first list > Click Delete
  • Let’s re-name of the default list to “website subscribers”
  • You can delete the description or re-write it to what ever you like
  • This just explains what the list is about
  • Click Update list

 

Manually add a Subscriber

  • Click on Add Subscriber (under the subscribers section)
  • Add the users details
  • Click Add Subscriber

 

Add the signup form to the website

  • Go to Appearance > Widgets
  • Open the sidebar widget area
  • Drag and drop the MailPoet Subscription Form widget to the sidebar
  • Re-name the Title of the widget if you wish
  • Save

Test the Signup Form

  • Make sure you test the signup form to see if it works
  • You should receive an email to confirm the subscription
  • You can also check in the MailPoet plugin
  • Go to the Subscribers section to see the new user

 

Creating a Newsletter

  • Go the MailPoet panel in your admin
  • Click on Newsletters
  • Scroll over the > 5 Minute User Guide
  • Click Edit
  • Use this as a guide or test to set up your first newsletter
  • As you can see the guide gives you basic instructions on how to set up the newsletter
  • You can scroll over each section to:
    • Edit
    • Drag and drop to re-position the box or
    • Delete the box

Themes

This plugin gives you some free themes to choose from for your newsletter.

  • Go the tabs on the right hand side

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  • Click on Themes
  • Click Add more themes
  • Download several themes to see which one suits you
  • Click on the theme to choose it

Social Media

  • Social Media – to add the URLs for your Social Media
  • Delete the box and re-add the Social Media box from tabs

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Images

To add images, you need to add the images first.

  • Go the tabs on the right hand side

images

  • Click on Images
  • Add images
  • Make your images the right dimensions and reduce the file size before uploading
  • This will allow the newsletter to load quicker for its viewers

 

 Styles

This section lets you change the fonts and font colours.

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Send out Newsletter

Once you have set up your newsletter, make sure you send out a test email first before sending it to your subscribers.

  • Scroll to the bottom of the page
  • Click Send preview
  • You should receive the test email in a few minutes
  • Check your email and then click Next step if you are ready to send out

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  • Fill out the details for the final step
  • Make sure you type an appropriate Subject line
  • Short and sweet and straight to the point
  • Click your list – “website subscribers”
  • Re-write any information or leave the default settings
  • Schedule or Send out immediately

If you are not ready > then click Save as draft and close

 

MailPoet is a fantastic plugin for newsletters.  If you need a more powerful plugin, once your business grows, you can swap to Mailchimp.
Mailchimp is very powerful and integrates easily with WordPress.

 

Written by Jodi Allbon 2015. All original content.

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