Category specific newsletters
Have the ability to 'personalise' automatic newsletters dependent on the category selected.
E.g. Have separate newsletters for 'news', 'events', 'podcasts' etc.
One of our sites has over 100 different categories, and many subscibers subscribed to several of them, so they receive over 10 newsletters a day. If there is a user-option to click the categories man want, this will decrease the amount of data a lot and will make it easier.
I would really appreciate this functionality as well. This will make automated post updates in any category a breeze and allow the content to go our more segregated. People are very specific about what they are interested in. Premium in a heartbeat!
YES please!! I run a linky once a week and have people subscribed for reminders. I have to manually send the post out. Automating for a category would be AWESOME!!
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Wayne Powell commented
I would purchase Pro versions of Wysija for my WordPress clients if it permitted this feature.
That's definitely a very important feature! I think this is the only thing that keeps me using unfriendly MailPess instead of a neat Wysija. Of course, one can make lists by hand in "Subscribers", but since the post categories are already there in WordPress, it makes perfect sense for me to let users to choose what to subscribe for.
If after their subscriptions categories change (new one added/deleted), same happens to their subscription.
To me it seems that you don't need to add anything new really, just allow nested User lists generated automatically by WP Categories. I would also prpose a drop-down menu in subscription form with all the categories instead of check boxes.
Don't know what is exactly the database structure for categories in WP, but for this feature it is definitely many-to-many relationship.
Lastly, you don't have to create unique e-mail for each subsriber. You can querry the DataBase and see what are the unique combinations of categories/subcategories people subscribe. And then group users accordingly. Of course, there might appear a single guy in a wierd combo of categories, but this is not common.
And the GUI for newsletter should be able to automatically pull required posts in specified area without user saying "this is newsletter Carrs" i need posts with all category "Cars" here.
You can also see how is it approached in MailPress newsletter add-on.
Hope my comments are helpful
If a user could only select a limited amount of categories, you could save some resources. Another way would be auto-include the sub-categories (thus allowing less options).
I my case, users who whish to see more than 3 categories would be helped selecting an option sending them all latest posts.
Anyway, for my purpose (university newsletter) adding this feature is a make-or-brake-deal, but since I love the usability already, I would also pay for this option.
Mark Noll commented
I thought we could do this I have several lists of categories that I ask people to choose from when signing up. I thought this feature worked already??
Yessss !!! I would love to see this feature implemented.
This is really a selling feature form me. I would not hesitate on buying the pro version of this plugin with this feature
We would love (and be willing to pay for) a newsletter plugin that had the ability to choose which post information to send based on user metadata. IE: Send a new or random post from the Self Help > Personal > Meditation category if the person has chosen that. If that is the idea behind this request then we are all in!
Paolo Gabrielli commented
I'm just evaluating this plugin, and this idea is the only thing that is missing for us.
We have a local news website that used to send every morning emails with the post list from the previous day, for the category the user have selected.
It was an handmade plugin for WordPress 2.0, that we abandoned because it stopped working after WP 3.0 upgrade (and it was ugly in the users' profile, where you need to choose your category).
We had a db table with user_id and category_id, and we created a unique email for each user caching the post list of the last 24 hours for each category. Last emails had 2000 recipients, with 10-12 category on average and it used to complete in less than 5 minutes on a VPS with one CPU core, 512Mb of RAM, etc. using PHPmail().
Paul Thomson commented
Fantastic idea! Would also very much like to see this feature implemented into future releases! Especially helpful for larger businesses with many varied areas of discussions...
This is also a feature my client desires. They are a hotelier and have many client categories such as business, leisure, event planners, and normal guests.
Oh please, please, please continue to ponder this feature..... this is EXACTLY what we will ultimately need for ours and this availability would have me upgrading to Pro level in a heart beat!
AdminKim (Partner, Wysija) commented
We've talked about this feature recently between ourselves. This is ultimately very powerful.
Our main concern is performance. Wysija would have to create a unique email for each subscriber. If a user has a list of 1 million subscribers, this will require a lot of resource from the server.
To be continued...
AdminKim (Partner, Wysija) commented
Yup, this could be quite a good feature for large news websites.
We'll ponder at that idea.