This blog posts gives a quick summary of some of the best WordPress newsletter plugins. A client requested that they needed a newsletter signup form to start collecting site visitor information as part of their marketing campaigns. Here is a short-list of popular newsletter plugins available on the WordPress platform.
There are a number of great plugins for collecting data for your newsletter campaigns and to send through! Some email marketing platforms such as MailChimp provide plugins and widgets that integrate straight into your email campaign lists. For that reason I will start the list with the MailChimp plugin.
Mailchimp Subscribe form – Free
Although this isn’t strictly a newsletter plugin, it is worth a mention. This is just a plugin for WordPress which will collect emails into a MailChimp account. MailChimp is a stand-alone newsletter solution which you can purchase and manage separate to WordPress.
WordPress Newsletter Plugin – Premium
The WordPress Newsletter Plugin is a premium plugin, which you can buy singularly or multi-domain. It’s got a whole list of features, which pretty much covers everything you’re going to need to do with a newsletter. The website even gives you access to a demo site, where you can log in to the admin and play around with all the settings, which there are plenty! It has some useful statistics of how many people have subscribed and how many emails where sent, which are shown on the dashboard and can be quite useful.
WYSIJA (now Mail Poet) – Free & Premium
The WYSIJA which stands for What You Send Is Just Awesome is by far my personal favourite and one that I will be using in the future. The initial version is free, but you can buy the premium version to unlock more features! There’s a lot of features and this is so easy to use it’s ridiculous! After an installation I’d already sent the first email & edited my own template in about 10 minutes. You’re not overwhelmed by information you don’t need, it’s very slick.
Newsletter – Free & Premium
The self-named Newsletter plugin is much more simpler than the above WordPress newsletter sign-up plugins, but by no means less superior. A good list of features is included in both Free & Premium versions of the plugin. There is an extensive list of documentation, which is very helpful. A very simple and easy option. A good, simple option for website owners looking to gather newsletter sign-up data for email marketing.
MeeNews – Free & Premium
Another really nice plugin is MeeNews. Again, a lot of features to keep you busy with and even more unlocked when you unlock the Premium version. Like WYSIJA, it’s very nicely laid out in the back-end of WordPress for you to use and very user-friendly. It also provides a very helpful set of videos to watch which will guide you through every process!
Let me know how you get on with any of the plugins mentioned in this post. I look forward to hearing from you all soon.