Email newsletter subscriptions

Unfortunately, a lot of email clients ignore max-width. I try to get around this by setting the font-size to 20px. It’s not ideal but it’s the best I could come up with. I don’t know whether it works in Gmail, though.

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With the end of the month approaching, I am starting to look at my newsletter. I like this solution. I think that I was thinking of a way that would work within email clients, but I have learnt through these pages of the lack of standards within such clients, so this is another way…and more importantly client independent!

HTML in email clients is a nightmare. I spent the better part of a decade building HTML that rendered somewhat consistently in various clients. It’s as bad as CSS was back in the late 90s.

To that end, I would really try to keep the email templates as simple and decoration free as possible. It’s the only way to make them work the best for the most people.

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@Manton, I am late to the party having just discovered this feature by accident. I wanted to say though that I think it is fantastic. Email is something everyone uses and making content available via Email, without requiring the blogger to jump through a bunch of hoops to make it happen is a definite win IMO.

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I’m eagerly awaiting email templates to have something a little bit cleaner.

Hi, @manton! I don’t know where to put feature requests, so please move this if there’s a better place for it.

My number one feature request with newsletters is to set a permanent “wrapping” around the posts – an intro paragraph at the top, at the least, and optimally a “thanks for reading, here’s how to contact me” at the end.

I know that I can do this manually, and I have done so in the past, but I cannot reliably get to a computer in the 3-hour morning window between the preview and the sending of the message.

The result is that some of my newsletters look and feel better than others, and that’s an inconsistent experience for readers.

Another option would be to allow us to schedule the time of day, but I understand that would add another level of complexity for you. It seems easiest to allow us to edit and save a persistent block of introductory text on the newsletter settings page.

Thanks for considering.


Hi, @manton! Have you seen this suggestion yet? I’m still very interested, and others might be too.

Yes, I think that’s a great suggestion. Originally I wanted to make all of the templates used for newsletters editable, but that’s a bigger change, so I think for now just adding a couple text boxes in the newsletter settings is the way to go. I’ll work on that.

(There was a similar suggestion recently for intro paragraphs for the welcome email someone gets when subscribing. Possibly we could do both of these at the same time.)

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