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Setting up mailing lists


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Drupal Gardens Essential Training

with Tom Geller

Video: Setting up mailing lists

E-mail proceeded by web about twenty years, and a lot of people, including me, still prefer to get some kinds of information that way. Drupal Gardens includes a way to collect e-mail addresses for mailing lists, but I have to warn you, it's very rudimentary. It doesn't actually send out the e-mails or even check to make sure that the addresses are valid. All it does is collect the addresses, which you can then export into another program. So, you might ask, why even talk about it? Well, although it's mediocre, it does have some usefulness, and it might improve with some time, so you might as well learn what's there now in preparation.
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  1. 29m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Previewing the finished project
      1m 29s
    3. What's new in the late 2011 update?
      5m 28s
    4. What is Drupal?
      5m 8s
    5. What is Drupal Gardens?
      5m 57s
    6. Getting started with Drupal Gardens
      5m 35s
    7. Getting help
      4m 1s
    8. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Using the administrative overlay
      2m 54s
    2. Using the dashboard, toolbar, and shortcut bar
      5m 36s
    3. Touring the newly created site
      3m 55s
    4. Configuring the site
      5m 15s
  3. 59m 47s
    1. Creating and managing content
      11m 11s
    2. Creating and managing content types
      10m 35s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos and other media
      4m 5s
    4. Subscribing to RSS feeds
      4m 49s
    5. Categorizing RSS feeds
      5m 1s
    6. Managing tags and taxonomies
      5m 50s
    7. Creating dynamic pages with simple views
      4m 29s
    8. Creating complex information collections with Views
      8m 59s
    9. Creating image galleries
      4m 48s
  4. 37m 50s
    1. Working with blocks
      10m 26s
    2. Setting up rotating banners
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding menus
      7m 27s
    4. Setting up contact forms
      7m 7s
    5. Adding and removing functionality
      5m 5s
  5. 54m 54s
    1. Managing users
      6m 28s
    2. Adjusting user permissions
      6m 35s
    3. Managing comments
      7m 7s
    4. Slowing spam
      5m 20s
    5. Starting discussion forums
      9m 3s
    6. Creating blogs
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up mailing lists
      4m 50s
    8. Allowing users to rate content
      4m 21s
    9. Using best practices for online clubs
      6m 29s
  6. 44m 35s
    1. Getting feedback with webforms
      6m 14s
    2. Publishing RSS feeds
      6m 40s
    3. Taking advantage of social media
      9m 33s
    4. Emphasizing external links
      2m 44s
    5. Improving search engine optimization (SEO)
      7m 30s
    6. Internationalizing sites
      8m 6s
    7. Tracking site usage with Google Analytics
      3m 48s
  7. 34m 40s
    1. Understanding Drupal themes
      5m 44s
    2. Understanding the Theme Builder
      5m 25s
    3. Switching, saving, and copying themes
      7m 13s
    4. Introducing custom CSS
      6m 51s
    5. Refining selections in the Theme Builder
      5m 48s
    6. Exporting themes
      3m 39s
  8. 48m 31s
    1. Changing the site's color palette
      2m 32s
    2. Changing the site's main logo and favicon
      5m 22s
    3. Changing the column number and arrangement
      5m 7s
    4. Adding background colors and images
      6m 29s
    5. Changing element spacing and borders
      6m 11s
    6. Adjusting typography
      4m 24s
    7. Using fonts from outside sources
      5m 7s
    8. Inserting raw CSS code into themes
      6m 57s
    9. Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
      6m 22s
  9. 14m 18s
    1. Finessing theme design
      7m 51s
    2. Eight ideas for modifying themes
      6m 27s
  10. 23m 38s
    1. Monitoring sites
      4m 11s
    2. Duplicating and deleting sites
      4m 23s
    3. Adding custom domains
      3m 48s
    4. Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens
      3m 46s
    5. Hosting exported Drupal Gardens sites
      7m 30s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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Drupal Gardens Essential Training
6h 6m Appropriate for all Jan 05, 2011 Updated Nov 10, 2011

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Author Tom Geller demonstrates how to create and publish a complete web site with the powerful tools in Acquia's hosted service, Drupal Gardens. The course shows how to leverage the pre-built page layouts and add custom styling using the ThemeBuilder tool; integrate rich site features, such as surveys, user ratings, and media galleries; and push content to Twitter and Facebook. The course also covers transitioning from a Drupal Gardens site to a self-hosted Drupal site. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating and managing content and content types
  • Embedding videos and other media
  • Publishing and subscribing to RSS feeds
  • Setting up blocks, banners, menus, and forms
  • Allowing users to rate content
  • Managing comments and spam
  • Tracking site usage
  • Collecting feedback with web forms
  • Duplicating and deleting sites
  • Adding custom domains
  • Changing the site's main logo and favicon
  • Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
Subjects:
Web CMS
Software:
Drupal Gardens
Author:
Tom Geller

Setting up mailing lists

E-mail proceeded by web about twenty years, and a lot of people, including me, still prefer to get some kinds of information that way. Drupal Gardens includes a way to collect e-mail addresses for mailing lists, but I have to warn you, it's very rudimentary. It doesn't actually send out the e-mails or even check to make sure that the addresses are valid. All it does is collect the addresses, which you can then export into another program. So, you might ask, why even talk about it? Well, although it's mediocre, it does have some usefulness, and it might improve with some time, so you might as well learn what's there now in preparation.

Further, you can actually use the e-mail addresses that you collect this way in other marketing methods. You will notice that the collection form is actually included on the front page of the campaign template that we created. We scroll down here and see this Join our Mailing List. This is actually a block, which you learned about in the video about blocks, and you can place it anywhere on your page that you would like. I am going to add a name. I am going to add that person who we added to our site before, califanjoe, and the e-mail address is califanjoe@gmail.com.

And then I click Subscribe. All that it does is tell you that it was added to a list. It doesn't send an e-mail to that address, or anything like that. But let's take a look at what exactly that means for us as the administrator. To do so go up to Structure and then Mailing lists. So there's our mailing list, which is called join our mailing list. You can create as many as you want by clicking on the Add tab, and then each one that you add will create its block, which again you can place anywhere you like on your site. When we click on the list e-mails links here, we see califanjoe@gmail.com. Very good.

We could go back and edit that if we want, although really it's only two fields: the Name and Email Address--and Subscribe just brings us right back there. So you might ask, what can we do with this? Well, we can export it. To do that, go up to the Export List tab, click, and it offers to save a file or open it up in a program. I am just going to save it to our Desktop here and click OK. I will then go back to our Desktop by hiding everything else, and there's our file. If we double-click at it, it opens up an Excel. Or if we open it up in a text editor, it looks like this. Very simply, it's the address, followed by the name.

This is what's called a comma-separated values file, with quotes surrounded just to make sure that anything in the middle remains true. The only thing that separates them is commas outside of those quotation marks. I will just close that out and go back to our site now. So, now you have seen one way that you can add addresses to that mailing list, which is through that form. There are actually two others. One of them is by clicking on this Add E-Mail tab as the administrator, and then you would simply type them in. Let me just say Califan lynda, and that would be lynda@example.com.

But let's say you have already collected a large number of e-mail addresses. You want to import them into this list. You can do that by clicking the Import E-Mails tab. Now, I should warn you: this program requires that your e-mail addresses to be in a very specific format, basically the format you already saw with the quotation marks and the comma and so forth. In the exercise files, I have already created such a file, and I am just going to open that up in a text editor, so you can see what its looks like. Once again, we have got the comma, the quotes. The important thing is that the e-mail address comes before the name.

I will close that up, go back to our site, and find it. Double-click it to get into the program and import. And there we are. We now have all of those names and addresses and can combine them with those that we collected in other ways. Now, there is one thing that I want to warn you about importing e-mail addresses, and this is very important. You can't just grab a bunch of addresses and start sending e-mail to them. If you don't have a prior relationship with the people who have those e-mail addresses, and they are not expecting to receive mass e-mail from you, you could be in violation of federal law in the United States, or privacy laws in Europe and elsewhere.

Even if nobody sues, you will be breaking your agreement with Acquia, and you could get your entire site shut down. Certainly, no matter what happens, you will ruin your online reputation for spamming. So make sure you are on the level before you import a whole bunch of addresses. The last thing I want to mention: this feature is really only half baked compare to some of the other solutions you will find out there. And some people will say that you shouldn't be using e-mail anyway, that the wave of the wave of the future is RSS subscriptions. They may be right, but it doesn't hurt to make your content available in both ways.

To find out how to use RSS feeds to make your content available, watch the video about publishing RSS feeds.

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