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
    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
  • Picture of Leon Vergottini
    Fri, Apr 10, 2020, 10:56 AM
    Hi David. When creating a newsletter some of the CSS get stripped out from email version. Therefore, the newsletter received via email received does not look the same as on web. Is there a way to correct this?
  • it's me
    Tue, Apr 14, 2020, 3:06 PM
    Hi, e-mail is a technology from the 1970s. So if you try to apply 2020 CSS you are going to fail. Nevertheless, we implemented the newsletter in a way, that the attached CSS (if done right) will control email and website rendering the same way. So maybe you have to work on your HTML and CSS classes to get it right. Kind regards, David
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