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Hey everyone,

I have some important and exciting news to share with you all.

We’re working on automated newsletters.

This new feature saves you significant time, and helps you email your subscribers consistently even when life gets in the way.

Automated newsletters lets you set up a latest posts newsletter to be sent automatically on a schedule. The newsletter can be sent automatically. Or you can schedule newsletter drafts to be created. This lets you edit the draft, write an intro, send a test email, before publishing it yourself.

Either way, this should save you loads of time.

This big new feature is about 4-6 weeks away from launching. However, I wanted to share this with you ahead of time because this feature will result in some breaking changes to existing features. More on that later… 

First, I’d like to share some of the other exciting new features we’ve built while working on automated newsletters (this will be released together with automated newsletters).

Global styles – Apply design changes at a click of a button

global style in Newsletter Glue

This is an update to the newsletter theme designer, which we’ve now renamed to Global Styles. It uses Gutenberg components, so you can experience a familiar WordPress experience with your newsletters.

One cool sub-feature to highlight is Quick Styles, which lets you select a default style as a starting point when creating your own template.

Custom CSS: Previously, custom CSS used to be live in its own separate tab. However, it’s now moving to be a part of global styles. Just scroll all the way to the bottom in the right hand options panel, looks for the custom CSS field and add your code there.

Template styles – Create multiple newsletter styles

choose template style

Template styles work in combination with global styles to let you set different styles at a template level. This allows you to create separate styles for different newsletters. For example, you can have a free newsletter with purple buttons and links, and a paid newsletter with blue buttons and links.

You can also have a weekly round-up newsletter with one design, and a personal editorial style newsletter with a completely different design.

Custom CSS: You will also be able to add custom CSS at the template styles level. Allowing further customisation between each template.

Big breaking changes

There are some big trade-offs with automated newsletters. And, as mentioned above, I’d like to prepare you for these changes ahead of time.

As these are some big changes, you’ll hear me talk about them a lot over the next few weeks/months.

  1. We will be discontinuing support for multiple custom post types. This means you can no longer send blog posts as newsletters. For those of you who are used to this workflow, you’ll now need to set up an automated newsletter template. Not much will change in terms of workflow and your newsletter can still be set to send the moment you publish your blog posts. However, this does mean that you’ll have to take the time to set up your new automated newsletter template. The upside: You’ll now have significantly more control over the header and footers of your newsletters – something many of you have been asking for.
  2. You can no longer set featured image, logo, blog post title inside the theme designer. The old theme designer gave you a handful of customisation options behind the scenes. We’ve removed these options from global styles. Instead, we’re now using the FSE core blocks for the featured image, post title, and logo, so you can easily add them to your templates in the future. This means that you’ll still be able to build the newsletter you want, you just have to do it inside templates, rather than inside the theme designer (which is now called global styles). The upside: All design options are now streamlined inside your template rather than a combo of theme designer + template.
FSE blocks in Newsletter Glue template

And that’s it. We’re working hard on this big new feature and hope to have it ready for you as soon as possible. Before we make it public, we’ll send an email to all of our customers with a link to download the plugin with the new features and test it on a staging site. This will help you get used to it, and play around without breaking your live site.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please just reply to this email and let me know. I’m also happy to jump on video calls if necessary.

Look out for video tutorials and blog posts on these features coming soon!


Product updates 🧰

Here are some key things we’ve recently launched:

  • Social share block: Added Pinterest as an option in the social share block.
  • Post embed block: Added ability to toggle excerpts on/off and removed excerpt length limits when typing in the Post embed block.

📋 Check our changelog for a comprehensive look at everything we’ve shipped this month


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That’s it for this product update. Thanks for reading.

Best,

Lesley

Lesley Sim
Co-founder of Newsletter Glue

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