Blog Module: Notifications

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2/13/2007 11:41:08 AM
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Blog Module: Notifications

Just another possible future todo list item. Allowing users to choose to be notified via email when there is a new blog post will be useful for those who don't know how to use RSS. Also, allowing an administrator to choose to notify roles via email when there is a new post provides a nice way for administrators to keep users updated on new additions to the site (i.e. to notify users that the site will be down for repair).
2/14/2007 9:24:50 PM
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Re: Blog Module: Notifications

I totally agree, I've been thinking about the same thing, just like you can subscribe to forum notification you should be able to subscribe to blog post notification by email, RSS is really still not the most intuitive thing for regular users.

I plan to do this, just not sure when yet.

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10/24/2011 6:05:36 PM
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Re: Blog Module: Notifications

Hey Joe, sorry to resurrect a really old thread, but I just had a request for this exact thing. Normally I recommend the RSS feed for people who want to have blog posts pushed to them (that's how I've been keeping up with your blog on mojoPortal.com), but in this particular case the site is secured and not accessible outside of our network, so even RSS reprocessing services won't work.

Have you had a chance to think this over during the last 4.5 years? Tongue out

Thanks,
Jamie

10/26/2011 8:14:52 AM
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Re: Blog Module: Notifications

Hi Jamie,

I've added a wish list item in the project tracker for this. Just not sure when I will get to it or what the final solution will look like. Maybe something to integrate with the existing newsletter system to handle subscribing and unsubscribing. But as you know html email is very challenging so it might be better/easier to implement it more like the forum notification with options to include only the link or a plain text excerpt and a link to the post.

What one could do today is use the newsletter feature and manually send a newsletter after making a blog post and link to the post. I guess it also matters how frequent the posting is and how immediately do people need to know about them. I think it is good to have a monthly/weekly newsletter and include a list of links to recent blog posts in the newsletter and this can be done today and should meet the needs of most people.

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Joe

10/26/2011 10:19:56 AM
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Re: Blog Module: Notifications

Thanks a lot Joe. I know ours is kind of an edge case--this particular blog is for a shift report that's posted several times a day, and the info is pretty time sensitive. I think we'll just recommend that in addition to the blog post a manual email be sent to a predefined distribution list. That should work until you have a supported email method in the blog. Also, the "plain text"/forum notification method you described would be perfect for our case.

Jamie

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