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Wordpress new blog post notification recommendation

  • 1.  Wordpress new blog post notification recommendation

    Posted Mar 21, 2019 12:57
    Hello community!

    Do any Wordpress blog users have a recommendation for a new blog post notification widget? Do you know if it notifications are accessible for blind readers using screen readers?

    We currently use a paid widget called Subscribe2, which can send both HTML and text version notifications. It works, but can be a little clunky on the admin side and we have had occasional delivery issues.

    Thank you,
    Mario

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    Mario Oliveros
    Director
    Benetech
    Palo Alto, CA
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  • 2.  RE: Wordpress new blog post notification recommendation

    Posted Mar 22, 2019 12:05
    Hi Mario! Always great to meet a fellow WordPresser in these parts :)

    I wanted to make sure that you and anyone else reading this know that there's a whole NTEN WordPress community who can help you with questions like this!​

    I shared a link to your question in our forums and hopefully a few folks can chime in with suggestions. In the future, please feel free to join our community and ask about WordPress whenever you need to!

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    Mark Root-Wiley

    MRW Web Design / MRWweb.com / @MRWweb
    Thoughtful WordPress Website for Nonprofits & Mission-Driven Organizations
    Seattle, WA
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  • 3.  RE: Wordpress new blog post notification recommendation

    Posted Mar 22, 2019 13:32
    Hello, Mario! :)

    Are you wanting to send an email notification of a new blog post only? Or the full blog post in the user's inbox?

    I am assuming the "notification" is email only, yes?

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    Eric Dye
    Client Success Lead
    Valet.io
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  • 4.  RE: Wordpress new blog post notification recommendation

    Posted Mar 22, 2019 14:30

    Thanks Eric

     

    Sending a new blog post notification by email is our primary need. It would also be great to have the option of sending the entire post in that email, but that's more of a bonus.

     

    Thank you,

    Mario




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  • 5.  RE: Wordpress new blog post notification recommendation

    Posted Mar 22, 2019 17:16
    Mario,

    What about leveraging an email marketing platform like Mailchimp, for example?

    An RSS feed based system could be set up, whereby every time there's a new blog post, it would email the list automatically for you. There are many other advantages of using a third-party system as well.

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    Eric Dye
    Client Success Lead
    Valet.io
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  • 6.  RE: Wordpress new blog post notification recommendation

    Posted Mar 25, 2019 13:10
    Hi Mario:

    The [free] Jetpack suite of plugins, which is built by Automattic, the folks who make WordPress, has a Subscription module. That allows email subscriptions and including the entire post text in the email. You might want to experiment with that next!

    Info from them here: Jetpack
    Jetpack - Your all-in-one WordPress plugin for design, marketing, and security remove preview
    Jetpack
    This page covers the many ways you can use Jetpack's Subscriptions module to let visitors to your site sign up to receive notifications of your latest posts and comments. Many visitors visit your site once and never come back. However, you can convert more of these visitors into regular readers by making it easy to subscribe to your content.
    View this on Jetpack - Your all-in-one WordPress plugin for design, marketing, and security >



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    Jason Gohlke
    Communications Manager
    Pacific Forest Trust
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  • 7.  RE: Wordpress new blog post notification recommendation

    Posted Mar 25, 2019 16:03
    Yes, that's a great idea, Jason!

    I would recommend making sure you can export the subscribers, as an email list can be super valuable outside of blog post notifications. :)

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    Eric Dye
    Client Success Lead
    Valet.io
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  • 8.  RE: Wordpress new blog post notification recommendation

    Posted Mar 25, 2019 16:24
    Many thanks Jason and Eric!

    Mario

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    Mario Oliveros
    Director
    Benetech
    Palo Alto, CA
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