WP Autoresponder — Review of WordPress Newsletter Plugin
WP Autoresponder is a great newsletter plugin for WordPress. It is simple, yet very dynamic and robust. It allows you to create unlimited mailing lists, autoresponder sequences, subscribers and subscription forms. It works well with 3rd party subscription form plugins and popups.
Unlike other newsletter plugins, this one has legible documentation and it’s actually easy to work with.
While WP Autoresponder is free, it is not available on WordPress.org. To acquire a copy of the plugin, you must visit the plugin’s site and give up your email address to receive the download link of the plugin. Once you have that, though, installation is easy. Just upload and activate.
Despite its powerful features, WP Autoresponder is well put together and easy to use. Creating newsletters, autoresponders, and individual emails is not confusing as is the case with some of the other plugins. WP Autoresponder works like one of those step-by-step computer wizards.
In addition to the in-plugin hints and tips, there is a full user guide. You can post questions and comments on any page of the user guide to receive help from the developer. However, many questions there go unanswered. Another problem is that the website of the plugin can be very slow some times.
WP Autoresponder can import or export subscribers, it can display all subscribers belonging to a specific mailing list, you can bulk edit subscribers, and manually edit the profile of an individual subscriber.
WP Autoresponder calls mailing lists “newsletters”. You can segment your subscribers by newsletters. You can create an unlimited number of newsletters with each one having an unlimited number of subscribers.
You can capture unlimited number of fields about your subscribers–just create the fields in the “Custom Fields” menu and then add the fields to your subscription form. Each newsletter (or mailing list) can have its own custom fields.
WP Autoresponders handles subscribers and mailing lists very well. I just wish it also integrated with WordPress built-in user management or at least allowed you to import WordPress users as subscribers.
WP Autoresponder handles opt-in form very well. You can create a separate opt-in form for each mailing list. Then to display the opt-in form, you can either use the sidebar widget or take the provided HTML code and paste it where ever you wish.
Because WP Autoresponder uses standard and clean HTML for its subscription forms, you can use enhanced 3rd party opt-in form plugins to add subscribers to WP Autoresponder.
The plugin name is WP Autoresponders, so yes, of course it does autoresponders. You can create an unlimited number of autoresponders. Each mailing list can have any number of autoresponders. Subscribers to that mailing list will receive the autoresponder. And an autoresponder can have any number of messages. While you’re composing the message, you can specify the number of days after which the message will be sent.
WP Autoresponder is able to send new posts as emails to your subscribers as you publish the posts. Your subscribers can even choose specific categories from which to receive update notifications. However, WP Autoresponder cannot aggregate several posts in a single daily, or weekly, or monthly newsletter. It can only send notifications for individual posts.
WP Autoresponder can send themed HTML newsletters. There are two themes: Clean Looks and Blue Vision. You can choose one and load it onto the editor where you write your broadcast. You can also supply a plaintext version of the email for those subscribers who can’t read HTML emails. WP Autoresponder cannot send attachments, though.
WP Autoresponder is completely free. But you have to opt-in for the developers mailing list to receive the download link.