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Automatically email users on site update


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LesC

Community Member, 70 Posts

6 May 2009 at 2:57am

Hi folks,

I've got a site that I'm building that needs to update a subscriber list when a certain section of the site is updated (latest news).

I'm enabling RSS (for their more modern users), but they had this feature on their old site and would like it on the new one.

I know I can use the newsletter module for manual mailings - but does anyone even know where I might start with this problem?

Cheers

L

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UncleCheese

Forum Moderator, 4096 Posts

6 May 2009 at 6:46am

I usually use FeedBurner for that. You embed a subscribe form they give you in your site, and users can then get email notifications when your RSS is updated.

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rbquirke

Community Member, 70 Posts

6 May 2009 at 9:41am

I use Feedburner for a couple of sites. The only thing it lacks is the ability to customise the email a little bit.

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Howard

Community Member, 215 Posts

6 May 2009 at 2:54pm

Couldn't you add sending the email to onBeforeWrite?

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LesC

Community Member, 70 Posts

6 May 2009 at 8:28pm

Great idea UncleCheese - I'd forgotten that Feedburner could do that.

I would bother to write something that allowed automatic sending in the CMS, but it's not that big a budget on this project!

L

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Hamish

Community Member, 712 Posts

6 May 2009 at 9:39pm

The Forum module has subscribe functionality. Have a look at how it is done there (might have to use trunk).

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UncleCheese

Forum Moderator, 4096 Posts

7 May 2009 at 1:40am

Yeah, it can certainly be done in Silverstripe. It's just a question of how much time you want to put into it. Feedburner is definitely the path of least resistance. I agree that it lacks customization, and I've only used it when I'm in a pinch. Plus, lately I've been down on accommodating people who don't use RSS. :)

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rbquirke

Community Member, 70 Posts

7 May 2009 at 6:12am

Edited: 07/05/2009 6:12am

the subscribe feature on the forum module is not perfect.
onbeforewrite does exactly what it says it does - so people would get an email every time someone hits the save button - not good if the editor decides to make a change, hit save, notice a typo, hit save etc. Coding for that gets more complex....