Activities: Newsletter

Maintained by it's meDavid Bogner
This is a newsletter module for moodle. First stable release. It provides the basic features of common newsletter tools. Using it with moodle VERP bounce processing is recommended. But we will add an additional bounce processing feature that will be easier to configure.
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Newsletter module

This is a typical newsletter module for moodle. The features are:

  • Subscription methods: Opt in, opt out, forced
  • Management of subscribed users: Cohort (un)subscription, Ajax user (un)subscription, filtering users
  • Auto generated unsubscribe link
  • Subscription of not yet registered users
  • Multiple attachments
  • Stylesheet: Attach a stylesheet and it will be converted to inline CSS (this is necessary for mail clients)
  • Report of sent issues
  • Resuming sending newsletter if there was a problem so that all recipients will get the newsletter
  • Prevent duplicate message sending
  • Issues overview with sort options: year/month/week
  • Uses moodle internal VERP bounce system, if it is configured correctly
  • Easy to use bounce processing: Just setup the mailbox for the noreply adress defined in the moodle configuration and it will automatically add bounce processing to all the newsletters
  • Personalised newsletters: Supported replacement are (The pattern format starting with news:// makes it possible to use in in links without being modified by the editor):
    • issueurl (URL pointing to the current issue for web view)
      Pattern for replacement: news://issueurl/
    • issuelink  (a full html link pointing to the web view of the current issue)
       Pattern for replacement: news://issuelink/
    • firstname (First name of the user, the newsletter is sent to)
      Pattern for replacement: news://firstname/
    • fullname 
      Pattern for replacement: news://fullname/

Upcoming features

  • Tracking of read newsletter issues
  • Statistics
  • Templates engine


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  • it's me
    Wed, Mar 28, 2018, 3:54 AM

    this is not possible. But the user who creates the newsletter will be used for the "Reply to" address. That means, when you click on the reply button in the mail, the mail is sent to the e-mail address of the user who created the newsletter issue.

    Kind regards,
  • Picture of Georg Wiesinger
    Fri, Apr 13, 2018, 6:30 PM
    Hi David,

    thanks for your answer! I created a couple of newsletter issues using different users and different roles (trainer & manager, administrator as well)! Unfortunately the reply-to-address in all newsletters is the noreply-address defined in Moodle's mail settings! I also checked if the users affected have set up their profiles to not show their email addresses to anyone, but actually it is configured to show it to everybody. Am I doing something wrong?

    Moodle 3.4.1+
    Newsletter 1.3.3

    Kind regards,
  • it's me
    Sat, Apr 14, 2018, 7:02 AM
    Hi Georg,

    how did you test? Usually you see as sender the noreply address, but when you click on reply, then the email of the person who wrote the issue will be used as the reply address. Tested with 1.3.3

    Kind regards,
  • Picture of Georg Wiesinger
    Thu, Apr 19, 2018, 4:04 PM
    Hi David,

    it is unfortunately not working for me! I tested this quite simple:

    - I created a newsletter issue with a user having trainer rights.
    - Then waited for the newsletter issue per email.
    - Received email sender is noreply@, replyto-address is noreply@ as well.
    - After clicking on reply the replyto-address does not change an still is the noreply@ address.

    Did all the tests with different users and roles, always the same behavior!

    What am I doing wrong?

    Moodle 3.4.2+ (Build: 20180418)
    Newsletter 1.3.3

    Kind regards,
  • Picture of Georg Wiesinger
    Thu, May 3, 2018, 2:52 PM
    Good morning David,

    any chance to get further support regarding my issue?!

    Many thanks in advance!

    Kind regards,
  • Picture of Bert van der Hooft
    Mon, May 21, 2018, 2:35 PM
    Hi David,

    Any chance for an update (moodle 3.5)?

  • it's me
    Mon, May 28, 2018, 8:04 PM
    Hi Bert,

    yes there will be an update. But implementation of GDPR and other API adaptations are quite time consuming. We are not upgrading to 3.5 before September, so if you want to have it earlier than that, you can always contract me.

    Kind regards,
  • Picture of Sa Ku
    Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 2:05 PM
    Hi David,
    Is there an updated version for 3.5 planned?
  • it's me
    Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 5:22 PM
    Hi Sa Ku,

    thank you for asking. In fact the 3.5 version has already been finished some months ago and was available in github for testing. I released it just now. Enjoy.

    Kind regards,
  • Picture of Gonzalo Gutierrez
    Thu, Dec 5, 2019, 2:58 AM
    Hi David, great plugin! I am testing it.

    I want to know if it is possible to delete newsletters that have been sent or hide them from the users.

  • it's me
    Thu, Dec 5, 2019, 7:39 AM
    that is currently not possible. Only via direct deletion in the database. You can only delete newsletter issues which have not yet been sent. That's because in the newsletter there is always a link to the online version of the newsletter, which should always work.
    Kind regards,
  • Picture of Darrel Tenter
    Tue, Jan 21, 2020, 2:01 AM
    Will this plugin work up to Moodle version 3.8?
  • it's me
    Tue, Jan 21, 2020, 6:18 AM
    Hi Darrel. I did not test yet. But it is quite likely it will work. It would be good, if you can report back so that we can fix potential problems.
  • Picture of Allan Caldas
    Mon, Feb 24, 2020, 1:13 AM
    How do I use this plugin? I did the installation, access the settings page. But I don't know where I can use the plugin?
  • it's me
    Mon, Feb 24, 2020, 1:21 AM
    Hi Allan, this is an activity module. So use it as any other activity. If you want to send newsletter to all users of the platform, then use it on the frontpage or in the main menu on the frontpage. Kind regards, David
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