We get asked quite a bit about if it’s possible to import an already existing mailing list into Dada Mail, as well as if it’s possible to export a mailing list out. The answer to both of these questions is a resounding, yes! The above screen cast should demo both of these abilities quite nicely. (Sorry for the cracklin’ mic.!)
Some notes on importing to make things even easier:
If you’re importing a mailing list used for things like public announcements and marketing, you’ll need to make sure that either the mailing list only has already confirmed subscribers (like if you’re moving from a past system, to Dada Mail), or that you’re actually importing the addresses to invite them to your mailing list, rather than subscribing them outright. This is a very importing point when running a public mailing list: only have confirmed subscribers!
Log in with your Dada Mail Root Password. This will give you privileges to do the mass import by default.
If you want to give privileges to someone that logs in with the List Password, change the list settings to allow this:
Go to, Mailing List: Options.
Check, Allow subscriptions in the List Control Panel, without confirmation
Uncheck, Only allow when logged in with the Pro Dada Root Password
Don’t go over import limit set! By default, Dada Mail only allows 5,000 subscribers to be imported at once. This is to prevent the app from trying to chew through too much data at one time, and failing. If you would like raise/eliminate this limitation that can also be done in the List Control Panel:
Go to: Membership: Options
To remove the limit, uncheck, Limit the number of addresses processed to:
To change the limit, select a new value in the popup menu below this option
We do have an older screencast going into more detail on how to import a mailing list into Dada Mail – much of what’s available now is the same, athough the UI has been redesigned since this screen cast has been made:
New to Dada Mail v10.4.0 is the ability to upload images right into the Rich Text Editor you’ll find in the Send a Message screen just by either copying and pasting the image from a graphics program, or just dragging and dropping an image from your computer’s file manger. Check out the above screencast to see how.
These two new methods make things a whole lot easier to add images quickly, without having to use one of the web file manager that are also bundled with Dada Mail. These methods also work in adding documents to your message too – Say you have a PDF document you’d like to upload and link into your message. Just drag and drop the document itself: the file will be uploaded and a link will be automatically created.
Below, we’ll guide you through the individual steps on how to do this yourself, and go into how to work with the other method of uploading/selecting/inserting an image: one of the bundled file manager. All these techniques are available in v10.4.0 – we didn’t remove the file managers, to make you rely on the copy/paste or drag + drop methods, so don’t worry if those are already deeply seated in your own workflows.
Learn how you can upgrade your own Dada Mail to version 9! We’ll also go over how you can use the Installer to install additional plugins, such as the Global Configuration plugin, so that making additional, global changes to your Dada Mail configuration is easier to do in the future. Finally, we’re going to double-check that Dada Mail’s cronjob is set correctly, and reset it to be 100% sure.
Utilize Dada Mail’s Profile Fields, and the Tracker plugin, to automatically update those fields, when users interact with your message. Then, use that information in your subscriber’s profiles to search, and send out relevant news and information to the part of your list it would be most useful for!
This screencast teaches you the difference between the Dada Root Pass and the List Passwords in Dada Mail, then shows you have to disable list control panel screens to streamline and simplify the list control panel to make Dada Mail even easier to use!
Magic Templates are an awesome feature in Dada Mail. Have an already-existing website? Dada Mail can blend right in. Make changes to the design of your website? Dada Mail’s Magic Templates will adjust automatically and reflect your changes. Magic!
We’ve updated our installation screencast for v9 of Dada Mail:
Dada Mail is designed to be easy to install on your own web hosting account. In this screencast, I go over how to install Dada Mail from scratch, as well as how to set up the Bounce Handler plugin (essential!)
Follow along with this screencast, as you go through the install docs,