Creating Newsletters

I want to get registrations through an optin and send out newsletters without using a monthly subscription service like aweber.

Requirements:

wordpress

Must be able to send weekly newsletter or random announcements

Must be able to create a double optin list (ie - must send confirmation email when they register)

I must be able to see the emails, names and other details etc

It must have unsubscribe option

I must be able to send plain text email at the least

Optional: Must be able to send HTML email

Good deliverability

No cost (no monthly subscription services or even SMTP services)

This might sound like I am asking for too much. However, I am sure that through some wordpress plugin or another solution, I would be able to do this.
smuralisankarAsked:
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
There is a plugin:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/newsletter/

However, "good deliverability" is wholly dependent on your outgoing mail server.
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smuralisankarAuthor Commented:
I have collected a list of plugins that would help me send out emails.

However, I don't want it to get too technical. (I don't want to setup my own mail server / SMTP etc

Just use a plugin to collect emails using a form, confirm them, send out newsletters and announcements and allow people to unsubscribe.

BTW...How do I test the deliverability of the emails I send using any of these plugins?
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
The plugin above uses your web server/PHP internal mail functions to send out messages.  So if you are on a dedicated server with a reputable ISP that does not allow users to spam, you should be okay.  But if you are on a shared server with tons of other sites, all pumping out emai and an ISP that doesn't give a damn about it, you may get flagged for spam more often than not.  For deliverability testing, you're not in a real good place with these kinds of free solutions.  It's pretty much send'n'pray.  

If you want a better experience, you need to move beyond free.  The next step up is using something like MailChimp or ConstantContact.
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smuralisankarAuthor Commented:
I understand.

I did propose aweber, but their budget does not allow that.

They could not afford a dedicated server.

The shared hosting plan allows me to send out 500 emails per day. This is completely inadequate.

I am thinking of setting something up using RSS to email. or just using feedburner email subscription or just some sort of new post notification plugin if nothing works out.
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
>> The shared hosting plan allows me to send out 500 emails per day. This is completely inadequate.

Yep.  Have you thought about Amazon SES?  That might be an answer:

http://aws.amazon.com/ses/

Basically a remote mail server with reasonable rates.

>> I am thinking of setting something up using RSS to email. or just using feedburner email subscription or just some sort of new post
>> notification plugin if nothing works out.

You'll still hit the 500/day limit in pretty short order with the post notif system.  I wouldn't go with Feedburner either.  You need to make the client see reason. They can have what they want/need or they can have it for free.
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
>> Why do you think the feedburner is a bad solution?

It's not that it's a bad solution, but I think you can do better if you work the client to get a proper budget in place.  I do think it's a little tricky to set up and requires the user to go through an extra step that isn't strictly necessary.  Each additional step and the associated friction will cause that much more of a drop in conversions.  

That being said, you may not have a lot of good choices here.
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