Let’s be bold and honest. Setting up a post notification solution in your WordPress site is a bit of a drag.
Below, we share the wireframes of our own upcoming post notifications. It’s due in our next release later in April. We’re quite excited because it’s fully integrated to our visual editor.
I reviewed four popular free email subscription services recently. All have their strengths, but none display exactly like you would want it. Not easily in a few clicks.
What if a plugin made post notifications fun on top of it? That’s exactly what the four Wysija boys are trying to do right now.
I use the word fun because a user described our newsletter plugin as fun. We since decided that Wysija shouldn’t just be easy (our favorite word), but fun too.
Create post notifications like a regular newsletter
If you’re unfamiliar with Wysija, check out the demo video on the homepage.
We didn’t want to add new buttons. Or a new sub menu. Or more options in the settings.
When you create a new newsletter, you just get an additional choice on step 1:
In the above screenshot, you might notice the option “a new user is added to your site…” and another for WooCommerce in the drop down.
These are called “autoresponders”, which will also be available in the upcoming version. We’ll discuss them further in an another article. Email marketers will be happy to see this feature.
Here are the full possibilities for the frequency of your notifications in a build-your-own-phrase style:
Latest posts in the visual editor
The visual editor gets a new widget: Group of posts, which replaces the regular WordPress Post widget:
Drop the Group of Posts in your newsletter and this popup of options appears:
Wysija will then display exactly what your next send out will look like. This is where the magic lays.
Below, it’s shown as greyed out because the group of posts won’t be editable like the regular text or post widgets:
It’s not too late to give your own feedback. If you think we can make it more fun or easy, we’d be happy to hear from you.