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  • LesC
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    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

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  • UncleCheese
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    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.

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

  • Howard
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    Re: Automatically email users on site update Link to this post

    Couldn't you add sending the email to onBeforeWrite?

  • LesC
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    Re: Automatically email users on site update Link to this post

    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!

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  • Hamish
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    Re: Automatically email users on site update Link to this post

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

  • UncleCheese
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    Re: Automatically email users on site update Link to this post

    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.

  • rbquirke
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    Re: Automatically email users on site update Link to this post

    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....

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