This is a test newsletter from Jessica Rose.
The newsletter content is created in WordPress, by creating a new post (category=”newsletter”). Pictures from the website can be included in the normal way and basic styling (paragraphs, bold text, underlined text) added. Hyperlinks – to the jessicaroseartist.co.uk website or to external sites – can also be used.
When adding images, make sure the size is either “thumbnail” or “medium”. Anything larger might not fit within the 600px page-width. There is one annoying bug…. You might sometimes want to add a few blank lines to get a neat wrap of text around your images, but find that it is not possible to do this when you’re in “visual” mode of your Edit Post screen. Go into the “text” tab of the Edit Post screen and add put on a line of its own. (See some of the existing newsletter posts.)
The actual newsletter is set up in MailChimp, and consists of a header (the website logo), the post content and a standard footer (which includes an “unsubscribe” link). The content is fed to MailChimp as an RSS feed. And MailChimp sends out the email at a specified time each day – but only if there is new content.
People can sign up to the newsletter on Jessica’s website – the list of subscribers in MailChimp is automatically updated. Jessica can also manually add subscribers to her MailChimp list by logging on to mailchimp.com.
The MailChimp control panel gives statistics on how many newsletters have been sent and how many of these have been read.