Wikidot Newsletters - first look

Wikidot Newsletters - first look

A quick look at the latest feature to hit Wikidot - newsletters you can send to all the members of your site.

Yesterday (or last night, depending on where you are) Wikidot quietly introduced a new feature - a way to PM all the members of your site. All you have to do is go to your site manager, and under the members section choose 'Send Newsletter'.

The good thing for those of you interested in aesthetics is that you can use inline divs and styling to make the Newsletter look good. As a quick test, I created the Newsletter below…

wikidot newsletter

And here's the code…

[[div style="background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, 
from(#fff), to(#eef1f1)); width: 550px; min-height: 260px; padding: 20px 10px; 
-webkit-border-radius: 4px; -webkit-box-shadow: 1px 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.4);"]]
[[div style="width: 200px; float: right; border: 1px solid #ccc; 
-webkit-border-radius: 4px; margin: 5px; padding: 10px; 
-webkit-box-shadow: 0 0 2px rgba(0,0,0,0.2);"]]
++++ Latest Changes
* [http://css3.wikidot.com New Theme]
* [http://css3.wikidot.com Change to functionality of blog]

++++ New Members
* John
* Bill
* Fred
[[/div]]
+++ Hello from BMC 

This is our first Newsletter, sent using the very latest feature to 
hit wikidot.com. You can create one too! 

It supports inline divs and styling, so you can create advanced, 
good looking layouts to impress the members of your site.

We'll be in touch soon.

Take care...
[[/div]]

Of course, you can create far more complicated layouts than this, using images as backgrounds and much more.

There's a few things I would like to see added, such as a list of previously sent newsletters, and the ability to define a template (so you don't need to worry about creating the proper div structure every time you want to send a newsletter), but it's a good start.

I'll go into more detail on creating the perfect newsletter layout later on. Until then, happy newslettering.

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