[Pro] Interesting feature - want to know if possible?

Hi,

At least I think it is interesting…

I often make updates or add something new to my educational website. Is there a way of NOTIFYING my students that there is something new on my site that they should check besides me sending out an email to each kid telling them “hey, go check out this new thing.” I have also tried an area on the site to tell new stuff but of course they would have to be there already to see this.

is this RSS feed??? - i know nothing about this.
or is there some other unique system?

Thanks for schooling me about this.

Barry


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is this RSS feed??

Yes you could do this with an RSS feed - but your students would need to subscribe to it.

David


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hmmm… is it a process similar to creating an email account?
easier, more involved?

then how will they know when a change takes place on my site?

Thanks Dave.


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Your students visit your page once and subscribe (submit their email). Then when post a new article, an excerpt is sent to them automatically - into their email app or rss reader.

Check out the knowledge base:
Including RSS in your Freeway Site - Freeway - Softpress Talk.


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ok - i get it a little more- but what if I do not have anew article or a blog or anything like that but just added a new feature or something to the site?

What will they see and will they get an email telling them to then go to another site to see it?


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You might consider mailchimp. That would give you and them a very simple solution:

Its free.

Frank H.

On Mar 17, 2012, at 11:20 PM, Hoffman wrote:

ok - i get it a little more- but what if I do not have anew article or a blog or anything like that but just added a new feature or something to the site?

What will they see and will they get an email telling them to then go to another site to see it?


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Depending on the number of students, you may be better to create a mailing list with all of their addresses and notify them in a message.

That would give you some certainty that they have received the message, rather than just hoping they click on a link.

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will check out mailchimp.

Peter- that is what I am currently doing. Was not sure if there was something else.

Right now- I have to go into my mail, select all students, create a subject line, type an email and send out.

Thought there may be something newer when I first hear d about RSS feeds.

Thanks guys…


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Right now- I have to go into my mail, select all students, create a subject line, type an email and send out.

You can use Address book to manage this. Create a new Group in Address book with your Students addresses and you can send 1 email to the whole group without having to select each one individually.

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Hye Dave,

i guess I do that now, but what I go through is

  1. log in to gmail
  2. find the student group in the contacts for this year;s students
  3. send to all in group but then have to move all of them (but one) to BCC
  4. create subject
  5. make message

send.

seem like a lot?


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Barry, in Address book it is very easy to set up a student group (it sounds like you have done that already)

Let’s say you’ve called it “students2012”.

All you need to do is type “students2012” in your mail BCC window and mail will do the rest.

No selection, no cut and paste.

You will have to format your message yourself of course, but that doesn’t sound like a lot of effort, as you can simply clip or cut and paste directly from the changed part of your website or “send contents of page” directly from Safari.

Cheers,

Peter


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Hey, that is a neat little trick. Thanks.

Just tried it- it eliminates me having to select group for the TO, then cut all but 1 and paste in BCC.

now I just type in “2012students” in BCC and all are there and I guess I cut the first one to the TO or can I leave that blank?

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HAHA it worked!

I never knew you could leave the TO blank and just enter in BCC.

That would have saved me much time over the years.
That is why in the past all my reciepients would see the 1 person in the TO since they were BCC’d

Thanks!

happy!


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Hi again!

No, it’s OK to leave all but the BCC box blank. The message will arrive addressed to “undisclosed recipients”.

Cheers,

Peter


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It’s traditional when BCCing an informal list like this to address the message To: yourself, From: yourself, and then Bcc: everyone else.

Walter

On Mar 18, 2012, at 4:31 PM, Hoffman wrote:

Hey, that is a neat little trick. Thanks.

Just tried it- it eliminates me having to select group for the TO, then cut all but 1 and paste in BCC.

now I just type in “2012students” in BCC and all are there and I guess I cut the first one to the TO or can I leave that blank?

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Walter,

You are correct and I had overlooked the fact that emails that do not have any visible recipients are at risk of being innocent victims of spam filters!

With an “undisclosed recipients” list there MAY be a need for the people (or at least some of them) to ensure the sender is in their own contacts list or to mark the sender on a white list.

Since this is effectively what you are doing at the moment anyway Barry, I suspect you aren’t having any troubles.

Cheers,

Peter


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so is what you guys are saying to ensure all students and parents get it is

  1. clcick in BCC, type 2012students and all studnt addresses will appear
  2. click in the TO: and put MY address.

then type message and send?

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Got it!

Have fun!

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cool- thanks!

Barry


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