vBMail

Create newsletter emails to your members. Includes analytics to track performance.

vBMail is a professional mailing list mod with Bounced Mail handling and advanced subscription management features.

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vBMail is a professional mailing list mod with Bounced Mail handling and advanced subscription management features.

Uses
vBMail is the perfect solution for any forum who wish to send out large quantities of mail to users on a mailing list. It lets admins and users have fine-grained access to subscriptions, and also automatically handles bounced mail.

Documentation
http://www.dragonbyte-tech.com/docs/vbmail
Major Features:

Bounced Mail Handling: Once configured, it will (if so desired) automatically track and handle bounced mail. Alternatively, you can manually handle bounced mail if you so wish.

Automatic "Unsubscribe" Link Creation: If the user receiving the mail has access to unsubscribing, a secure link to unsubscribe themselves from the mailing list will be automatically added to the bottom of the mail. It does not require the user to be logged in, so it complies with spam policies set forth by mail providers.

Mail History: Each past sent mail can be viewed at any time from the front-end.

Advanced Subscription Management: Users can quickly and easily (un)subscribe from the mailing list via the mailing list directory, or the admin can manually change the subscription status in the AdminCP.

Bounced Mail Threshold: When an admin-configured number of mails bounce from the same email address, the user is automatically removed from mailing lists and all other email-related vBulletin features, and notified via PM what happened to their account, as well as directions to change their email addresses.

Complete Feature List (Lite)

  • Mailing List Directory
    • List all mailing lists
    • Links to send mail / view mail history / (un)subscribe
    • Unsubscription stats

  • Send Mail
    • Uses the full editor in vBulletin
    • Works with 4.1.4's CKEditor
    • Uses vBulletin's Mail Queue system to avoid overloading servers / avoid "maximum mails per hour" server restrictions

  • Mail History
    • Displays a list of all mail from that mailing list
    • View the mail in full HTML
    • Unsubscription stats

  • (Un)subscribe
    • One-click to add or remove from a mailing list

  • AdminCP
    • Create unlimited mailing lists with per-list usergroup permissions
    • Create keywords for people to subscribe to
    • View list of bounced mail
    • Prune list of bounced mail
    • Permissions for who can view unsubscription stats

  • Scheduled Tasks
    • Hourly collection of bounced mail
    • Hourly checks for number of bounces above the threshold



Complete Feature List (Pro)
  • Send Mail
    • Ability to save as draft (temporary) or template (permanent)
    • Subscribe to an external mailing list via the vBulletin Sidebar (vB4 only)
    • Override SMTP settings per mailing list

  • AdminCP
    • Ability to create External mailing lists, powered by emails not found in vBulletin user accounts

This mod displays a copyright notification in the footer of pages and emails generated by this mod which includes:
  • 1 Link to DragonByte Technologies homepage
  • 1 Link to Product Description page of this modification
  • 1 Link to Hivelocity Hosting
  • 2.1.3 Patch Level 4 - 15th December 2015, 00:45
    Bug Fixes:
    • Sending a HTML email via WYSIWYG would not display the email correctly in the mail history
  • 2.1.3 Patch Level 3 - 17th November 2015, 00:33
    Bug Fixes:
    • In certain scenarios, the "Default Subscribed" flag would be disregarded when saving the permissions
  • 2.1.3 Patch Level 2 - 3rd November 2015, 00:23
    Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue where having multiple mailing lists could render the "Default Subscribed" functionality unusable
  • 2.1.3 Patch Level 1 - 28th September 2015, 23:30
    Bug Fixes:
    • Inactive reminders are no longer sent to users who have opted out of admin emails
  • v2.1.3 - 18th August 2015, 00:08
    New Features:

    Inactive Users Viewer
    • Displays a paginated list of inactive users
      • User ID
      • User Name
      • Last Visit
      • Last Activity
      • Last Post
      • Whether this user is "bounce flagged"
    • Sortable by:
      • User Name
      • Last Visit
      • Last Activity
      • Last Post
  • 2.1.2 Patch Level 1 - 23rd June 2015, 00:36
    Bug Fixes:
    • Subscribing to External mailing lists via the forum home block would not work as intended
  • v2.1.2 - 11th May 2015, 23:14
    vBMail v2.1.2

    Changes To Existing Features:

    Search Engine Friendly Archive
    • Saving a Draft as a Template no longer erases the draft
    • Saving a Template as a Draft no longer erases the template


    Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue with viewing the mail history that could produce a database error
  • v2.1.1pl1 - 1st January 1970, 01:00
    Bug Fixes:
    • Certain replacement variables would not work if the email was sent in HTML mode
  • v2.1.1 - 30th March 2015, 22:38
    New Features:

    HTML Emails
    • Full HTML emails now fully supported
    • Requires <!DOCTYPE in the body of the email
  • v2.1.0 - 17th November 2014, 23:35
    New Features:

    Mailing List History
    • Delete emails from history
    • Accessible to managers and mailing list owners


    (Pro) Inactive User Reminders
    • Turn the system on/off
    • Include specific usergroups
    • Inactivity Threshold (Days)
    • Inactivity Metric (Last Visit, Last Activity or Last Post)
    • How many emails to send per user in total
  • 2.0.0 Gold - 10th November 2014, 22:01
    New Features:

    Subscription Feedback
    • Feedback reasons can now be customised
    • Accessible via a new AdminCP area
    • Translatable via the Phrase Manager
    • (Pro) Add/Delete feedback reasons
  • v2.0.0b2 - 1st January 1970, 01:00
    Subscription Feedback
    • Asks for feedback after an Unsubscribe link has been clicked
    • Pre-determined feedback items, as well as a free-form text field
    • Emails feedback to "Webmaster Email" address
  • v2.0.0b1 - 1st January 1970, 01:00
    Subscription Log
    • Tracks every subscription/unsubscription event across all areas of vBMail
    • Records every piece of data available regarding any event
    • Browsable via the AdminCP


    Maintenance: Mass Unsubscribe
    • Unsubscribe any combination of usergroup(s) from any combination of mailing list(s) in very few clicks
    • Compatible with the Subscription Log
    • Accessible under the DBTech - vBMail AdminCP menu group


    (Pro) Require Subscription Confirmation
    • Requires users to click a confirmation link before they are fully subscribed to a mailing list
    • Controlled via vBulletin Options
    • Defaults to off
  • v1.2.0 - 18th November 2013, 23:16
    Feature: You can now manually prune bounced messages via the Bounced Mail List
    (Pro) Feature: The SMTP settings in vBulletin can be overridden on a per-mailinglist basis
  • v1.1.10 - 12th April 2013, 21:21
    Fix: Fixed an issue that could cause a vBulletin query to error out in some circumstances
  • v1.1.9 - 29th March 2013, 20:56
    Feature: Improved logging details for Control Panel actions
  • v1.1.8 - 1st March 2013, 17:34
    Feature: List-Unsubscribe header to allow email providers to aid users in unsubscribing
    Change: Altered the language of the Unsubscribe portion of the email to make it more unique to each forum
  • v1.1.7 - 17th August 2012, 23:26
    Feature: The Affiliate ID setting now properly integrates with the link-back
    Feature: (vB4) (Pro) Sign up to external mailing lists via a Forum Blocks widget

At a glance

Supports: vBulletin 3.8.x vBulletin 4.x.x

Version: v2.1.3pl4
Release date: 15th December 2015

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