The "Usage" information for e-Newsletter says "just click activate" -- but that's not true. I think the 3 plugin tabs (General, Outgoing Email, and Bounce Settings tabs) aren't exactly self-explanatory.
Here are my questions (that should be provided as default documentation, somewhere):
- Because the General tab says "Install" instead of "Save" -- I wonder if I choose SMTP today and want PHP mail tomorrow, am I unable to change that? I get the impression from an "Install" button that it's installing components based on my choices.
- Checkbox: "Yes, members will get confirmation email to subscribe to newsletters (only for not registered users)" -- Which one is it -- will "members" get confirmation or will "not registered users" get confirmation? Why doesn't the plugin use the terms "eNewsletter subscribers" or "WordPress users" or something else to be more clear?
- For SMTP settings, doesn't GMail limit outgoing mail to 500 messages (or is it 500 recipients) per day? 1) What are the exact GMail settings to enter? 2) How does a 500 or any other service's limit come into play? 3) If SMTP/PHP mail has issues sending, does the plugin email me or put a message in wp-admin to tell me that 0 of 600 went out or 500 of 600 went out?
- How do the CRON settings affect outgoing emails? For example, if I disable CRON (which is a plugin option), to me, it sounds like emails wouldn't go out at all. How do the CRON settings affect things for SMTP differently from PHPMail, if any differences?
- The last setting on the Email Settings tab relates to the last 2 questions above: If I know GMail limits to 500 and I put that setting at 450 per day (because I might use that email account manually too), does it email the other 150 of my 600 recipients tomorrow? I assume yes, but I don't want to assume anything when it comes to email.
- For Bounce tab, if I put in the same GMail address as I'm sending from, do I still need to enter the POP settings? I assume yes, but what if I don't enter POP settings at all, whether for GMail or another service? Does that mean the the wp-admin area won't log which emails were bounced? If I use firstname.lastname@example.org (the '+bounce' part is really email@example.com but allows me to create a filter in GMail to auto-archive and skip the Inbox), do the POP settings still work? I suppose I could click the "test connection" button (nice feature), but I don't want to start clicking buttons without knowing.
So, pretty much every setting could use some documentation help in my opinion -- more clarity at least.
Email is such a delicate thing. If I don't set things up right, it could mess up the email address' inbox or sent mail; it could make all the subscribers upset and say "who is this bum sending a bunch of wrong emails" or "that email didn't work right" or whatever.
Thank you for accepting my feedback, and I look forward to answers.