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  • tarekahf 215 posts 153 karma points
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 23:44
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    Using MS Word to create Newsletter Posts.

    When I attended Umbraco Level Certification Course (with D. Robar), we learned how to post into Umbraco using MS Word.

    Can we create Newsletter Posts using MS Word and post it as a newsletter document into Umbraco NewsLetter Studio?

  • tarekahf 215 posts 153 karma points
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 01:45
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    Have a look at this sample Newsletter from MS Office Templates:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/results.aspx?qu=newsletter&av=zwd&queryid=2af96ef9%2Deebd%2D4539%2D835e%2Dcdc2589e1a1a#ai:TC001183272|

    Can we port this to Newsletter Studio?

    If it is not practical to do so, then could you please point me to some gallary for Newsletter templates probably based on HTML/CSS which can be easily implemented in Newsletter Studio?

    Tarek.

  • Markus Johansson 1760 posts 5141 karma points c-trib
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 12:13
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    Hi Tarek!

    Great screen cast about your problems! If you need to change the email address used for sending test-emails theres a settning in the /umbraco/newsletterstudio/web.config-file to change it to a internal address.

    When it comes to createing newsletters from Word thats not possible at the moment. The connection you are talking about is though the MetaAPI which creates a new content node in the content tree. Newsletter Studio is separeted from the Umbraco content tree and you can't use the current MetaAPI implementation to create newlstters. But you could create your own implementation that talks to the Newsletter Studio tables in the database.

    About the template. Newsletter Studio supports HTML so if there is a way to get the HTML from Word into Newsletter Studio, that would do the trick. You may need to play around with the "allowed tags" in the rich text editor, since TinyMCE strips som html-tags depending on the settings. http://www.tinymce.com/wiki.php/Configuration:valid_elements

  • tarekahf 215 posts 153 karma points
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 21:12
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    Thanks for the reply.

    I was unable to locate the part inside the Newsletter Studio web.config-file where I can change the sender address of the test emails. Appreciate provinding more info.

    I also tried using "Pegasus Mail and Mercury Mail Transport" for SMPT Server, and it was a terrible experience ! But I noticed from the logs of Pegasus SMTP Window that no matter which Newsletter I am sending, it seems that enkelmedia newsletter email/domain is always referenced. Also the similar thing when I tested this using the Free SMTP Server.

    Note: The Free SMTP Server worked easily from the first time. I didn't even need to use a real SMPT Server. It seems that they use their own SMPT Server. But, it allows only 10 emails per day. Pegasus Transport Mail setup was very difficult, and it will not work unless you provide a real SMTP Server.

    Tarek.

  • Markus Johansson 1760 posts 5141 karma points c-trib
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 21:23
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    Hi Tarek!

    Yes, we're always testing against enkelmedia.se, sendig an email is the only real way to make sure that the SMTP-server works. If you need to change it, open the config-file and just add a new attribute called sendConnectionTestEmailsTo this is where you should put the email that you want to use as test-email.

    <outgoingEmail throttlingEnabled="false" ..... messagesBeforeJumpingToNextServer="" sendConnectionTestEmailsTo="[email protected]">
         <smtpServers>
                       ...
         </smtpServers>
    </outgoingEmail>

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