This post is a part of the WordPress Plugins discussion thread and focuses on Plugins that help you interact with your visitors.
Interacting with your visitors
Why did you create your site? Sure, some folks might have created their site for their own personal use, but most of us have created sites so that we can either share something with people, or sell something to people. Either way, other people are the focus, and we need to do what we can to make sure other people can interact with us the way they want to. This section helps to explore some of those opportunities.
The easier you make it for folks to send you feedback, the better. In my case, I set up a special Contact Form for folks to respond to me (see the menu, Contact).
For the Contact Form, I wound up selecting a highly deployed solution that is free called “Contact Form 7 By Takayuki Miyoshi“. Again, I support the open source community, and however the developers are supporting themselves, I’m going to do my best to use their tools.
Of note, be sure to update your SPF, DKIM, and DMARC records so that Contact Form can send mail properly!
[See Reference: Contact Form 7]
How about folks who want to sign up for your newsletter? This becomes a little more complicated, since you’ll need to find a solution that allows people to sign up, and allows you to send messages, all for free.
As a mail relay, for mail I send to my users (and my friends!), I’ve chosen MailJet that offers up to 2000 signups and 6000 total outbound emails per month for free (200 per day). I’ve tested MailJet extensively.
One very positive note, MailJet does not add a disclaimer to the bottom of emails that I’ve sent while in Mail Relay mode. This is a very nice free feature, and one of the criteria for acceptance.
There have been some issues with mail delivery, and (as of this writing) I’m still working with MailJet customer service to resolve the problems. That said, MailJet has been responsive to trouble tickets.
You can read more about my decision here.
[See Reference: MailJet]
For mail campaigns, MailChimp is a possible contender, with the following promise: “If you have 2,000 or fewer subscribers, you can send up to 12,000 emails per month absolutely free. No expiring trial, contract, or credit card required.” But, I’ve not thoroughly tested MailChimp.
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