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Newsletters in GAZ

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Overview

The newsletters section of the GAZ admincp allows you to create multiple types of newsletters. These newsletters can have their own time frames (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly, yearly) and they may cover different aspects of your community.

The easiest way to think of a newsletter is like a magazine. You may have countless magazines each with their own separate issues that are sent out at separate times. Users do not read newsletters, they read the issues that are created by newsletters.

When users visit newsletters.php, if there are multiple newsletters active, they will be able to browse them.

Administration

Newsletter Admin
Newsletter Admin

You can access the Newsletter Administrator by browsing to admincp >> GAZ >> Newsletters. There you will see a list of each of your newsletters and have access to a variety of options.

Display Order

This is the order that this newsletter will appear in any lists presented to a user (when browsing newsletters.php or editing their options to decide which newsletters to subscribe to).

Active

If this setting is No, then users will not be able to browse this newsletter, they will not be able to subscribe to it, and no issues will automatically be generated (you could still manually generate issues).

Edit

You can edit the settings for any newsletter by either clicking on the name of the newsletter or be selecting edit from the drop down list

Preview last HTML/Text issue

This option is only available if this newsletter has generated an issue. Selecting this option from the drop down list will open a new window showing you an exact preview of the HTML or Plain Text email.

Edit Last Issue

This option is only available if this newsletter has generated an issue. Selecting this option form the drop down list will take you to the edit page for the last issue.

Generate New Issue

This option to generate a brand new issue based upon this newsletters settings.

Copy

This option will make a copy of this newsletter which is a quick and easy way to make multiple versions of newsletters

Delete

Will permanently delete this newsletter.

Settings

Title

Newsletter Settings
Newsletter Settings

The value is the title of the newsletter (i.e. Whats happening on myforum.com). When new issues are generated, their titles take on the form of Newsletter Title - Issue Number (i.e. Whats happening on myforum.com #14).

Description

This is a brief description of the newsletter (i.e. A weekly update on myforums.com)

Display Order

This is the order that this newsletter will appear in any lists presented to a user (when browsing newsletters.php or editing their options to decide which newsletters to subscribe to).

Active

If this setting is No, then users will not be able to browse this newsletter, they will not be able to subscribe to it, and no issues will automatically be generated (you could still manually generate issues).

Default to subscription

If set to yes, users will be subscribed to this newsletter by default (only when creating a new newsletter or when new users register. Use tools to set existing users subscription).

Ignore no admin emails

If set to yes, users will get an issue even if they have set their option to NOT receive emails from admins. That will show them trying to ignore the admins!

Track HTML emails

If this value is Yes then GAZ place a small Web Bug in the HTML email to get a loose idea of how many were read. There are many limitations to tracking emails this way so it is suggested you check out the article on HTML tracking to understand more.

Module set

This is the module set that new issues will use when formatting content. Please note that this will only affect NEW issues created.

Next Generation Date

This is the date the next issue will get generated. Once the cron job generates the next issue, this date will increase by the frequency date (i.e. if your frequency is set to weekly, then after the next issue gets generated, the date will increase by 1 week)

Frequency from start date

The amount of time to elapse between generating new issues via the cron job

Custom Frequency

This setting allows you to specify a frequency (one that isn't found in the list above). Note that this value is the amount of seconds.

Issue active after generation

If set to no, new issues will be inactive when created. Therefore they will not be automatically sent and users will not be able to browse them.

Cron generate

This setting allows the Issue Generator Cron to create new issues automatically based on the frequency and start date. Set this to no if you don't want to automatically generate new issues

HTML/BBcode/Plain Text

This text is passed on to the issue when it is created. These settings are used in the info module and are designed to generate unique messages for each issue (or a generic one!). If Plain Text is left empty, the HTML/BBcode text will be used.

Usergroups allowed to subscribe

Settings cont...
Settings cont...

A checklist of the usergroups that can subscribe to this newsletter.

Last issue generated

This is the date the last issue was created

Generate new issue

This option allows you to manually create a new issue when you save this newsletters settings


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