The EZ NewsLetter eMailer add on for vBulletin forums is an application that allows you to send opt in multi-part (html and text parts) Mime 1.0 complaint bulk emails to your members via SMPT and includes bounce management headers with an automated and manual process for opting out members. The system is completely templated and 100% phrased.
Members can opt in at registration and through their user control panel. Administrators can opt members in and out in the user edit screen of the vBulletin Control panel.
Installation is file uploads, one template edit, and the import of the EZ NewsLetter product xml files.
The output to create emails is formatted using editable templates. Custom template sets to replace the stock templates included is supported via a template set prefix and a custom css style input box for css code. In line styling is of course supported as well.
Emails are compiled into two part, html and text, multi-part Mime 1.0 email bodies. Language settings are complied per your acp settings for your language.
Each email will have a body of text, the message, followed by the forum data selected for output. Forum data is selectable and you can configure the order it appears in.
There are 5 categories of thread selection including featured threads you can include via thread ids. Polls data is available and forum statistics are available.
The calendar system is supported for all events, single, ranged and recurring. All event data is produced from all calendars selected including birthdays and holidays with settings to enable or disable each.
The vBulletin Blog is supported and support for our vBPicGallery photo gallery for vBulletin is included for data selection if they are installed. You can turn data selection on and off and select how much data to display. vBPicGallery data includes thumbnails.
With the forum data turned off, you can create 100% custom emails that will appear on a vBulletin .page css background with the header image you specify and the footer.
Each HTML message part may have up to 4 ads or notices embedded in the message and data. They are located below the header image, below the message body, after any of the forum data blocks via a position setting and at the footer.
You message can address the members using replacement variables with information from the user table.
Forum data selection is done via the ACP by selecting which forums to include in the data selection.
// Variables you can parse in the message body.
Your Forum Name: $username
Your Email Address: $email
Join Date: $joindate
Last Activity Date: $lastactivity
Last Visit Date: $lastvisit
Last Post Date: $lastpost
Your Post Count: $posts
Friend Count: $friendcount
Friend Requests: $friendreqcount
Profile Visits: $profilevisits
Social Group Invites: $socgroupinvitecount
Social Group Requests: $socgroupreqcount
Total PMs: $pmtotal
Unread PMs: $pmunread
Usergroups to be included are selected via the acp and secondary usergroups are fully supported. For instance you can make an opt in secondary user group for receiving EZ NewsLetters and send to those members only and override the opt in/out setting they have selected if you wish.
After all of that is selected, you can move on to creating the email. You will tell EZ NewsLetter the url to your forum banner for the header. Then you create the message, add any notices or ads you want included in the html email and include any additional css you may need if necessary.
The first screen is designed to allow the input of a message built using bbcodes and/or html. Upon submitting the message the next screen will display the html part and the text part for further editing. The text part will have the html and bbcodes stripped.
You can then edit both parts if necessary and preview your work in real time until you get it the way you want.
At this point some might say, why bother with the first message input box, I know html. Well, that's good! The first input box is a tool, use it or skip it. Then on the next screen, you can create and edit both the html and text parts separately and send two entirely different parts to the mail, a custom html part and a custom text part.
When you are done on screen two with the text and html edits, you can click continue and move on to save both message parts, process any data selected and review your emails, both text and html, in a preview screen before sending. Don't like what you see? Back up and fix it.
After that the last screen is the send screen. You can set how many members are sent per page and if you wish, you can set the pages to wait x amount of time and then auto submit them. Buttons to halt the auto submit are included so that you may pause or stop to review an error if one should occur.
Once the emails are sent, sit back and enjoy the traffic. Get you message across clear and concise, install the EZ NewsLetter eMailer add on for vBulletin today.
Here are some screen shots. Some menus are rearranged a slight bit in the final app, but this is the overall picture. EZ NewsLetter Screen Shots
Feel free to ask questions or make suggestions, we appreciate your support.