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Monthly Archives: March 2016
I wrote last week about how I decided a while back to see if I could build my own opt-in email autoresponder system as a WordPress plugin. The first part that I chose to figure out was the double opt-in component, which I will describe here.
Before I get into that, I want to point out some potential limitations of building an email autoresponder into a WordPress plugin. I don’t think the actual opt-in process will be that significant because it is only handling traffic that is already on the website. It just involves sending an extra email message and and an extra page load as the visitor completes the double opt-in.
Today is the first day of Daylight Saving Time here in the US. I did a little research about the practice of Daylight Saving Time around the world. It starts today for most of the countries who participate west of the Atlantic in the northern hemisphere. It spreads east of the Atlantic in a couple weeks, and it ends in about a month for our friends south of the Equator. I still get amused when I hear people, especially politicians in the government, say that they are adding an hour of daylight every year by doing this, as if they could actually affect the rotation of our planet by making us all get up an hour earlier.
I decided about a year and a half ago to write my own opt-in form and email autoresponder plugin for WordPress. I decided today that I would share the adventure in a series of blog posts. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me explain what these are. Opt-in forms are those little forms you see on a lot of blogs and other websites asking you to sign up by entering your name and email address. Once you do that they may email you a free gift of some sort and they will probably send you regular emails with additional content and/or let you know when they have published a new post. The email autoresponder is the part that handles sending all of the emails.