An update on MailPoet 3

An update on MailPoet 3

We know that we’ve been quiet about our progress with MailPoet 3. Since we’ve received so many questions about it, we thought we’d let you know how it’s coming along.

The good news is that the MailPoet Sending Service has been completed! Thanks to stellar work by our team (and to our courageous volunteers who signed up to be our guinea pigs), we’ve worked through the challenges and issues, and now, finally(!) we’re done! Don’t get too excited yet though, as it won’t be launched until we release the entire MailPoet 3 package later this year.

Sorry to those who signed up and didn’t get into our beta sending service trial. We had an overwhelming number of people put their names forward and we simply could not fit everyone into the trial.

Our core focuses for MailPoet 3 are reliability, speed, and productivity. We want to ensure that our users have the best experience and that MailPoet works well, right out of the box, on whatever hosting you have. Of course, this takes time, so we want to test, test and test again to make sure everything is perfect. As of this point, we’re on schedule. Very, very soon, you’ll be able to create newsletters much more quickly and get back to what you do best – creating awesome content.

The content editor
Sneak preview of Content section in editor

 

We’re also trying extra hard to make MailPoet more useful than normal. This means having a feature-rich plugin that makes your life easier while also giving you all the tools you’ll need to create well-designed, beautiful, and mobile-friendly newsletters. We’ve also added little improvements, like integrating our support pages into the plugin, which means you don’t have to leave your site to get help.

All of these things take time and we hope you understand that we want to release a quality product, which is why it’s taking us a little longer.

MailPoet 3 layout options
Sneak preview of layout options

 

Right now, we’ve completed all the big testing and we’re now getting down to the nitty-gritty bits. Refining, shall we say. We’re on target to beta test in December, which we’re super anxious to begin.

Tautvidas, star developer of the MailPoet 3 editor says:

As far as features go, we wanted to allow users to have more control over the style and design on their newsletters, with the introduction of with multi-column layouts and more types of content blocks like html buttons and spacers. Although there’s lots of new options, the new editor will remain just as easy to use (if not easier) but will work noticeably quicker than before.

We know that so many of you want to see MailPoet 3 released. Trust us, no-one’s more keen on seeing it leave MailPoet Towers than us. We’re all really grateful for your support and also your patience. It’s coming soon-ish. We promise.

DISCUSSION

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    I’m excited to hear this news, can’t wait for it’s release. And of course as soon I get to play around with it a bit I will release some videos to youtube about it’s functions and all the new goodies that it will have :) Great work as always guys…

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    Looking Forward for the new MailPoet. It is already a really great tool !

    Cheers from Germany

    Hansjörg

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    MP3 as a code name? Really?
    Thanks for the update – a pity this is running late.

    I don’t really care for your own sending service. Amazon SES or Mandrill do a stellar job if integrated well; I do not see how MailPoet could improve over these companies. I really hope you do not abandon support for other SMTP senders.

    What I do care for is delivery speed and better statistics. I am surprised for instance that I cannot track registrations per day in a nice graph.

    Good luck,

    Blaise

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    Hi Blaise

    Thanks for your feedback. We will of course continue to allow people to choose which sending service they would like.

    We are definitely looking at the registrations stats – it’s on our radar!

    Best wishes
    Becs

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    Sounds absolutely great! :)
    Will it be able to handle multi lingual content/newsletters?

    At this moment I have created three different mailing lists, one for each language, but I can’t translate some things like the e-mails and widget.

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    Hi Jack! Everything will be fully translatable (footer and unsubscribe, headers, widgets, etc.) except for the email activation (signup).
    Hope that’s useful :)
    Best wishes,
    Becs

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    That is great news indeed Becs. Until now we are using Knews which is good, but gives a lot of trouble with controlling the styling of the newsletter, so takes a lot of time to simple get it right.

    Looking forward to the new version!

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    Wonderful news, i’ma very interested in this v. 3 development! Any hope regarding an OptimizePress 2.0 integration? Will it come out as an upgrade for those who bought an agency premium licence or it’s goin to be a new stand-alone product? Thnak you very much, you rock! :)

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    I hope these email templates and Mailpoet 3 will be tablet and mobile friendly. I assume they will be, but please confirm. Also, what if a person just uses a text reader and doesn’t support html? Will we be able to get it to work and be readable still? Thanks.

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    Hi Rob, MailPoet 3 and the newsletters will be responsive, yes!

    In terms of plaintext emails, we auto-generate them for you (we do that already now) and this will be the same in MailPoet 3.

    Hope that helps :)

    Best wishes
    Becs

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    Really interested by the multicolumns layout. We hacked our way into Mailpoet to do just that a year ago (and it was not easy) to have a two columns layout. Hope we will be able to replicate the newsletter design into the V3 without no hacks.

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    Yeah it’s looking good! We’re excited to share it. The columns will have fixed width for the time being since it’s already complicated enough trying to get that to work in a template format. Obviously in the future we’ll want to work on adjustable column widths.

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    Hye, and thx for the good work.

    Any possibility to add wordpress shortcodes or embedded html, for example I wanted to embedded a google agenda inside a newsletter, via a shortcode (not recongnized) and iframe, but the last one was shrinked at sending…

    Thx

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    I would just love to be able to use shortcodes

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    It’s planned in however you will have to use them at your own risk. The problem with email is its coding support is archaic so it’s extremely unlikely that your shortcode’s output will work properly in email clients. And since every email client works differently, just because it works in one, doesn’t mean that it’ll work in all of them. Iframes never work in email clients FYI.

    Hope that’s informed you enough?

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    Yes, i understand the implications. And fantastic that i will be able to use shortcodes – it will primarily be my own shortcodes, so i can control that they only use old-school tags :-)

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    Any hope that we will see “list segmentation” features in the next release?

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    Totally on our radar, but it’ll be a Premium feature. I’ve been writing the specs and wireframing it actually :)

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    Good to hear! Will the new version improve on batch sending speed while working with a 3rd party such as Mandrill?

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    The answer is yes. But it will certainly be even faster with our own sending service. :-)

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    Thankyou for adding buttons in your new content options.

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    Will the first v3 version include options to select several different user roles for automatic newsletters, so the same newsletter can be sent to several different types of users?

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    Will v3 include the ability to assemble newsletters on tablets?

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    Hi Keith, you will be able to use an iPad but it won’t be a perfect experience – we’re not aiming to support it just yet. It’s quite a challenge to make that happen, but I’m sure we’ll be aiming for it in the future.

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    I’m love this plugin and all that i can do with this. I test many newsletter plugins without success, but when tried this, the search end. Thanks for such a good plugin. I only miss one functionality and is the ability to get an app in Facebook to subscribe users from there.

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    Hi Tecnolatinos! Thanks for your comments, you aren’t the first person to ask for this, but to be honest it’s not a high priority (but it is on our radar). To be honest, signing up from Facebook has a really low success rate in our experience. You can actually create the app yourself and export the form code from our plugin to do it yourself if you want though. Hope that helps! Best wishes, Becs

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    Wow! The screenshots look really promising! Can’t wait to get the new release in hand. Well done folks!

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    Thanks Stefan! We can’t wait to release it! We just want to make sure it’s right before we push it out though.

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    The enhancement in Newsletter-Creation are important, but i think also some development in better segmentation of the abonnement Data will be needed.
    Some more fields for a better targeting and differentiated addressing will be important.

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    Hi Team sounds all very exciting, look forward to your new version to test out our news letter, as have been rather busy of late and not had time to produce the next edition, such is life with a bsy garden, 2 teenagers work and restoring furniture as a hobby also , then there is the blogging and of course house chores, jack of all trades, have a tremendous weekend thanks for the update cheers Theo

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    V3 Responsive?? Something like 65% of searches are now on phones and tablets ….coffeecup.com have managed it with their ‘RED’

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    Hi Ian, we are trying to make it as responsive as possible. However, the editor hasn’t be specifically designed to work on iPad in version 3.0.

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    Any timelines on when v3 is scheduled (or tentatively going) to be released?

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    Hey Praveen, we have no timeline currently. We’re working with quality in mind, and not a set date.

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    Thanks Kim. I understand. Just wanted to check if there is any date set for the release the current version is missing a few features that are in 3 esp the responsive template. Thats all.

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    Just a thought, i have read all the other topics/posts on V3.
    As a customer, it would be nice to have few incremental updates to the plugin than have a long waiting time.

    I am happy that you guys are looking at the quality but by then a few customers would have moved on to others considering how “responsive” is the in-thing these days.

    In the last few weeks, a few clients of my company have moved on from Mailpoet to other options just for this feature.

    Just a thought.

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    Truth be told, we’ve been progressing slowly, and delaying several times.

    Incremental changes is indeed the way to go. Since we’re rebuilding from the ground up, incremental changes will come once version 3 is out.

    Believe us, we can’t wait to show it to you. :-)

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    Really looking forward to v3. Hoping it is sooner than never :)

    Have a lovely week ahead :)

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    Hi Praveen, as we explain on the post, we’re beta testing this month. Beyond that, no dates set.

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    Thanks Becs. Just wanted to check if there is any date set for the release. The responsive template would be great to have.

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    Some users have told me that they find the confirmation mail after new subscription ugly and boring.

    It’s text-only in v2.6 – will it be possible in v3 to use HTML+text for confirmation mails?

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    I’m experimenting on a dev site for a few months for an intranet. So far this is amazing and I’ve been anxious for 3.0! Great work folks.

    I’m building a template for a weekly recap of what is posted on our intranet. It will have various sections for department posts based on categories and taxonomies.

    Curious if there are any thoughts for an IF>THEN concept in auto newsletters. It would be great to be able to say: If new posts, add them, else put this default or alternative content. It would help keep my template consistent and clean.

    Example: Jobs posted section. If new jobs posted this week then list them. (just like the current functionality) BUT if there are none, then include static HTML content like a default sentence or banner image.

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    Hi, any better idea of when v3 will be released? I’m particularly keen on using your promised responsive newsletter themes…

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    one of the features I miss is the ability to sell a premium newsletter (messages’d be dripped after purchase).

    Sure, I can get that with a membership plugin or woocommerce+its addon for mailpoet.

    But these are dirty workarounds, these plugins are too heavy on features and eat too much server resources.

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    Thanks for your feedback Vincent. If I’m honest, it’s not high on our priority list right now but we’ll add it to the request pile.

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    Hi guys. I liked the Mailpoet fine until my last WP update when it just disappeared.
    If all my mail subscribers and newsletters are lost I would of cause not be interested in any more Mailpoet, and could care less about a new version. Sorry!

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    Hi again Benils

    I’ve just been speaking to our support team and they suggested reinstalling the plugin.

    Deactivate the plugin, delete (don’t delete data, just the files) then install the plugin again.

    Best wishes
    Becs

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    As much as I didn’t want to, I had to move on. It’s nearly the end of September and months and months since any kind of update. I understand you’re working on V3, but you can’t abandon the current version in the meantime. All my newsletters have completely disappeared with the last WP updates and no fix.

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    Hi Sarah

    We haven’t abandoned the current version – in fact we’ve done a release in the past week with various fixes.

    You mention the newsletters have disappeared – are they not in the list, or can you not see the newsletter sub-menu item?

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    Hi Sarah

    I’ve just been speaking to our support team and they suggested reinstalling the plugin.

    Deactivate the plugin, delete (don’t delete data, just the files) then install the plugin again.

    Best wishes
    Becs

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    Hi Becs,

    Will Mail Poet 3 include content from posts/pages that are being pulled from shortcodes? See this post for details (https://wordpress.org/support/topic/mailpoet-show-page-shortcode-content-within-newsletter) Also, will it include the ability to pull content from custom fields (ACF) that are stored against certain pages/posts?

    Also, we have been looking at Mail Poet as an option to deliver content to 40,000+ subscribers daily. Do you envisage Mail Poet 3 premium to be released within the next 3 months or should we find an alternative solution?

    Thanks.

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    Paul, thanks for writing in. To answer your questions:

    1. Will Mail Poet 3 include content from posts/pages that are being pulled from shortcodes?

    We are thinking of allowing it as an option, yes. It’s risky though, as this can break the layout of an email.

    2. Also, will it include the ability to pull content from custom fields (ACF) that are stored against certain pages/posts?

    Not initially.

    3. Do you envisage Mail Poet 3 premium to be released within the next 3 months or should we find an alternative solution?

    We currently have no release date. It’s progressing in the right direction though!

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    Still waiting for V3 release, any news?
    For us the multiple column is very important!!

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