Subject: Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 06/01/03 12:10pm
By: Anonymous

I've created a Plugin that lets you to turn your geeklog site into a monthly newsletter.

It consists of:Each Issue works like a static page in that it contains "content" that is displayed as the frontpage.

Only one Issue can be active at any given time - the admin part of the plugin enforces this by displabling ALL issues before enabling one.

I've just finished the coding and testing and I'm going live with it tomorrow. If all goes well, I'll be further modifying it to ensure that my code changes are completely modular and in sync with the geeklog gods' coding style.

I'm wondering how much interest there may be in this type of plugin - I'll guage my packaging effort on responses.

As always - thanks to the creators of geeklog!

Mike

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 06/01/03 08:32pm
By: keystone

I'm interested and look forward to seeing it in action!

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 06/01/03 09:48pm
By: isol8

very cool feature I'd definitely use.

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 07/01/03 10:40am
By: etegration

worth giving it a try if it's launched.---http://www.etegration.com http://itcow.etegration.com

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 07/01/03 10:59am
By: Creator

I'm interested as well!---L. Whitworth www.finiserv.com

A word of advice

Posted on: 07/01/03 02:04pm
By: Tony

I would remove the issue_id from the story table. Plugin developers should not get in the habit of modifying the default DB schema as that could lead to incompatibilities with future versions of Geeklog. Instead, I would create an associative table called issue_stories that has nothing more than a story ID and an issue ID. This is good for a number of reasons: 1) you don't modify the story table ;-) 2) searches on this new table will be faster than full table scans on the stories table. My guess is that fixing this shouldn't be too much work and I would recommend you do that *before* releasing a production ready version (in fact, personally won't install it without that change...just my preference).---The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's only one other choice.

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 07/01/03 02:35pm
By: Anonymous

add me to the list =)

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 07/01/03 07:44pm
By: Anonymous

What happens to the old newsletters? Do they go into an archive? Where can we see this?

A word of advice

Posted on: 07/01/03 08:54pm
By: efarmboy

I would suggest all plugin or block developers refer to the Plugin Developers Guide.
This best practice is documented in the section How to get Started: A Development Overview.

Many other best practices and examples are provided. I don't know if this add-on uses the Geeklog Plugin API and supports the min Plugin Requirements or not.

I'd be more then willing to assist if there is any questions.

Cheers,
Blaine


Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 07/01/03 09:43pm
By: Anonymous

The "older" monthly issues remain in the database and are viewable from the "Newsletter Issues" block (this is a block that consists of a single drop down populated from the issues table). All stories are still viewable from the Topics menu... but only those stories that belong to the "current" newsletter issue will show on the front page (or subsequent pages of the frontpage). So for example, when I click on the General News Topic from the Topics menu, I get a listing of All Stories in that Topic - the storyblock template is modified to include Issue so that you can tell which issue each story is from.

A word of advice

Posted on: 07/01/03 09:45pm
By: Anonymous

Excellent suggestion. I plan on implementing this before packaging v1.0. I'll also take a closer look at the API docs. Thanks for the input/feedback. Mike

A word of advice

Posted on: 08/01/03 02:58pm
By: Anonymous

Question: I've had to add things to the themes to support the new plugin: fields on the story editor for selecting the issue id.

If the plugin is going to be truely optional, how do I control the display of these fields in the theme?

Should I make a theme specifically for this plugin? Should I make a patch for specific plugins?

A word of advice

Posted on: 09/01/03 09:56am
By: Anonymous

A separate many--to-many table has the added practical advantage that a story can be included in more than one issue.

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 09/01/03 09:57am
By: Tony

Might be worth jotting down the requirements and posting them here. I'm sure you'll get good feedback. --Tony---The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's only one other choice.

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 09/01/03 02:47pm
By: Anonymous

Here is a rough outline of the requirements I worked from to create the plugin:

The overall project objective was to create a monthly newsletter for my department (Linux/Unix Architecture and Engineering).

Screenshots Feedback welcomed.

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 09/01/03 07:41pm
By: Anonymous

Wow, this is exaclty what I am looking for. Is the Email hack part of the plugin? This would be great!

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 11/01/03 05:51am
By: Anonymous

Very interested!.. Good luck!

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 26/01/03 10:34pm
By: Anonymous

What is the status of this plugin?

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 30/01/03 08:37pm
By: Anonymous

It's still in messy, non-standard form. I've been swamped with the other part of my job. I should free up in Feb and have time to clean it up and distribute it. Sorry for the delay.

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 31/01/03 10:41am
By: alinford

No problem. Let me know if you need any beta help when you start working on it.

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 31/01/03 11:19am
By: alinford

This post talks about bdefore's college newspaper site he put up: http://www.geeklog.net/article.php?story=20021115123531355 He has done a couple of things that either you are also doing, or maybe want to do. His is a hack rather than a plugin, so upgrading will not be easy, but it looks good. The dropdown for choosing an author is nice, and the list of issues is good as well. Just thought you may want to take a look at it.

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 02/05/03 11:01am
By: qgil

Any news about this (very useful) plugin? I suppose the fact of being "monthly" is irrelevant. I mean, I assume the publishing and all is manual so it could be weekly or follow another rythms (no joke: the newsletter of my organization is released every full moon). Smile

Monthly Newsletter Plugin

Posted on: 02/05/05 04:44pm
By: Anonymous

Here it is 2 years later, is there a plugin like this one?

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