The Right Mailing List Script For WordPress

Teli Adlam —  July 25, 2005

Some people still don’t understand feeds, and some people don’t want to understand feeds, but they should not be left out of your blog because of it.

There are a number of plugins available for WordPress which allows you to keep your readers in the loop when it comes to the goings on around your blog, but it’s important that you choose the right one for your needs.

Mailing List Scripts For WordPress

Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but when you figure out the main goal of your website is, what you need from your mailing list script, and how much you’ll need from your mailing list script — then you can get set up some alternates for your non-feed users.

Email Notification 2.1.1

This is a blog notification tool which allows you to send out an email message whenever your blog is updated.

Some of the key points include:

  • Configurable to send excerpts or full entries
  • Can choose to send message on a post by post basis
  • Can Import/Export email addresses
  • Requires double opt in and provides unsubscription links
  • Can send out an email to subscribers without needing to make a post
  • Can easily add a subscription box wherever you’d like to see one appear

Although not deal breakers, there are a few points where a user may get hung up:

  • Script requires installation and is not fully plug and play
  • Sometimes config file requires a little manual modification
  • Defaults to ‘yes’ to send notification for each post – if you make a lot of future dated posts, this can cause some problems (this can be modified by altering the code)
  • Default email message sent out is not configurable from the WordPress admin panel (one would need to modify the code in order to change the mail template)
  • The subscribe and confirmation pages don’t integrate into a WordPress theme by default (again, one can modify this through the code)
  • Cannot delete users from the WordPress admin panel

This is definitely a good mailing list script if you want more control on a post by post basis and for sending out quick notices (or even a full fledged newsletter) to your readers.

Teli Adlam


11 responses to The Right Mailing List Script For WordPress

  1. Thanks Teli for the review and link. I’ll be trying this plugin today.


  2. In related news – I recently released a plugin for WordPress that allows you to easily drop phplist subscriber forms into existing wordpress pages. More information at WordPress PHPList Plugin

    It’s more of a lightweight version of WP-PHPLIST. It doesn’t allow you to manage PHPList through wordpress. It’s main goal is to simplfy integration for the end-user subscriber forms.

  3. Thank you, this was mighty helpful; just the kind of info I was seeking. Kudos.

  4. I was looking somethng like this but seems no one met my needs. Anyway, thanks for the list.

  5. Thank you so much for this. I need a mailing list plugin for a WordPress-powered CMS-type site ( and this list has helped me find exactly what I needed…espeically since I’d never heard of any but Subscribe2 before!

    Great resource, thanks again.

  6. Thanks for the list of available Plugins. So What’s your conclusion? For example, what do you use in this blog?

  7. Nice list, I noticed it’s couple years old now but I’m looking to integrate WP-MailingList into a site and found this info useful

  8. Ok, I’m not what you would call technologically savey. I’m looking for an email notification program that doesn’t require me to edit php and the like to set it up. I’m hoping for something I can just add to the widgets area on my wordpress page and go from there. I’m just looking for something simple I can get up and running right now with the plan being to install something with more features once I learn more about editing my websites. I hope you can help with this. Thank you, Max

  9. Thanks for the info. I’ll have to try them out. Which of these would you consider the most user-friendly?

  10. I tried installing phplist with no success… say the directory does not exist. anyone else experience this?

  11. This is a great post and answers my question exactly.
    The only thing I am left wondering is: I just found this post today with a google search and it was written in 2005, would the author care to post an update? I am sure in the last 4 years things have change, there might be additions etc… I would love to hear your opinions on the current sate of things in the WP mailing list/blog update world…
    Thanks for the post