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Introduction

Communication, Marketing, Newsletter, Mailing & Distribution Lists, Email

Mailster - a flexible mailing list solution for Joomla

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Similar to programs like Mailman or Listserv this extension allows you to run a discussion mailing list.

That means that every email sent to a central email address is forwarded to the rest of the members of the list. When members reply to such emails Mailster again forwards them to the other list recipients.

Mailster allows your users to be part of a group and communicate by email without having to log into your Joomla site.

This is primarily made with discussion email lists (two way communication) in mind, although Mailster can also be used for newsletters.

Features
- For Group communication and newsletters
- Usable with any POP3/IMAP email account
- Recipients are managed by the admin in the backend
- Users can (un)subscribe with frontend plugin or module (optional)
- All Joomla users can be chosen as recipients, additional users can be stored
- Users can be organized in groups
- Single users or whole groups can be added as recipients of a mailing list
- Replies to mailing list posts can be forwarded to all recipients
- Mail archive for browsing the mails
- Full support of HTML emails and attachments
- Seamless installation: all plugins are included and are installed automatically
- English, German, French, Italian, Danish, Japanese and Slovenian translation included
- many more features

Designed for all...
- users that are tired of group messaging systems that require another login
- users who want to communicate with their favourite mail client
- admins that are tired of updating personal details on different systems
- admins who want to be able to use users within Joomla as recipients of a mailing list


Changelog
Version 1.2.4 (8th April 2016)
- Compatibility with Joomla 3.5.1
- Workaround to backward compatibility breaking changes to addReplyTo method introduced in Joomla 3.0
- Readiness for most recent JMail/PHPMailer version in Joomla 3.5.1 by handling exceptions

Version 1.2.3 (24th March 2016)
- Compatibility with Joomla 3.5.0
- Joomla 1.5 is not supported anymore, new required minimum version is Joomla 2.5
- Server settings can be re-used in other mailing lists
- Bounced and blocked emails are automatically removed from the email archive after 30 days (time period can be adjusted)
- New setting for FROM name: "Sender Name via List Name"
- Database collation issues are recognized and fixed during installation
- 5 more bug fixes

Version 1.1.2 (27th January 2016)
- Dutch translation added
- Deal with text editors that put the site URL in front of the unsubscribe placeholder automatically so that the unsubscribe URL still works
- Do not produce email loop with "email not forwarded"-notifications
- List email address placeholder replacement works in header/footer
- List administrator email placeholder replacement works in header/footer
- Manage to recover original thread subject

Version 1.1.1 (21th July 2015)
- Fixed SQL error when changing user groups for a user
- Various language file fixes

Version 1.1.0 (15th June 2015)
- Compatibility with Joomla 3.4
- New global configuration setting to block certain email addresses such as typical bounce email addresses which can not be recognized automatically based on their email headers
- Insert sender's description (Mailster field) into email by using new placeholder {description}
- Possibility to turn off the filtering of messages with "Precedence: bulk" header
- Increased maximum email text size (not including attachments) that can be stored from 64kB to 16MB to avoid truncation of long and HTML-rich newsletters
- Relative images/link URLs in custom email/footer are automatically converted to absolute URLs
- Additions to French and Danish language file and various other language/translation corrections
- Do not allow to downgrade Mailster from a later release to a previous release to avoid unforeseen events
- Profile Plugin propagates group member changes done through Joomla's user manager to update mailing lists recipient cache if necessary

Version 1.0.0 (8th January 2015)
- Compatibility with Joomla 3.2 and Joomla 3.3
- Joomla groups can be used as recipient groups and for the rights management for sending/receiving (Joomla 2.5 and later)
- Welcome/goodbye messages can also be send out when adding recipients in the backend
- Aborted mail sending processes (due too many send errors) can be restarted or remaining recipients can be removed from send queue
- Entering the user data (name and email) of the logged in user for the subscriber forms can be disabled or even enforced
- New text variables: list email address and list administrator email address
- Integrated subscriber interface for 3rd party / non-Joomla sites
- Added support for Joomla's ACL/permissions to restrict component backend access, global configuration, list management and list creation
- Joomla 1.6 and 1.7 are not supported anymore, Joomla 1.5 is still supported

Note that this version has limitations (e.g. max. 50 recipients per list) compared to our commercial products Mailster Essential, Business and Ultimate. Find a feature comparison overview here: http://www.brandt-oss.com/index.php/mailster/pricing


Functionality

This product functions exactly as described.

Ease of use

This product is easy to setup and use.

Support

The best customer service I've ever seen from an extension developer!

Documentation

Excellent and easy to follow.

I used this to: Healthcare listserv

Great extension


Posted on 29 March 2016
Functionality

Does exactly what it should. Great selfmanaged Mailinglist tool

Ease of use

Easy to set up. very well documented through tooltips.

Support

Excelent support. Very quick and accurate responses.

Documentation
I used this to: Sports team mailing lists.

One on its own


Posted on 10 February 2016
Functionality

Excellent product which does exactly as it says on the tin. Highly customisable within the interface. I upgraded to the business edition.

Ease of use

Simple user interface, great integration with Community Builder, simple front end and good archive functionality

Support

Holger responds really promptly and with suggestions for support as well as development. Helped me effectively integrate with sendgrid smtp.

Documentation

clear, simple and easy to use. Good FAQs and trouble shooting

I used this to: Website for 200 lawyers to quickly share information / questions etc. 1 main mailing list for all members and 6 sub-group lists with between 40-70 members in each.

Functionality

Has all the functions we need and works perfect!

Ease of use

Is very easy to configure and handle, needed just support to setup Cronjob to work properly

Support

Support is absolutely PERFECT! Had some problems setting up Cronjob. Received several answers within 1 day and the problem is fixed now!

Documentation

If I would've read the Documentation right, I could've fixed part of the problems with Cronjob myself. Documentation is also very good!

I used this to: Used for our Fire Departement to catch and forward mission statement e-mails from primary control unit (type of danger/fire/accident, caller, location map etc.). Our officers need this information quick on their smartphones and therefore Mailster is perfect! Thanks to Brandt OSS

Functionality

We use Mailster daily to send messages to our membership and even allow our members to send messages through it. Works just like it should.

Ease of use

Our members love it and rely heavily on it. Setup was a breeze.

Support

We have used Mailster for several versions now and the support is excellent. Always gotten a fast response/fix in a matter of hours.

Documentation

Documentation on the site is everything needed to set it up

I used this to: Home School Association Members Site with over 200 members. We have upgraded to Business version and use Mailster daily for multiple mailing lists.

Great bit of software


Posted on 24 August 2015
Functionality

As far as I know it's unique. I does exactly what you want (forwarding emails) really well. You can use Joomla users or add your own. Great

Ease of use

I found it a bit tricky to get used to, but once you do it's very logical and very easy. All the functions you could want.

Support

Yep no problem. The guy that owns it knows his stuff and sorts out the problems quickly

Documentation

I've used this for a long time so I can't remember, but once I'd learned it (pretty easy) I have never needed docs.

I used this to: Several groups that are working on the same project and need everyone to see their emails. Good for people with technophobia. You can have a discussion with just emails (no need for scary forums). I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

Functionality

I'm really happy with the extension, it did just what I need it, simple and easy....

Ease of use

I had to read a little but the answer are interested their faq

Support

Amazing support, I have a small problem and they help me right away... Amazing fast and reliable

Documentation

It's all there so far so good

I used this to: A condominios website

Functionality

All the needed features are available. Don't look any further. This is what you need for your mailings and newsletters.

Ease of use

Fantastic to use. Copy Paste a webpage into a mailing! add images form the same sources as your webpages.. Perfect implementation in Joomla.

Support

Personal support if needed. Never seen before in the world of Joomla.

Documentation

Great Listserv


Posted on 03 July 2015
Functionality

We've used this extension for at least a year. Many options are available. It serves our purpose as a useful listserv.

Ease of use

Once setup, it's easy for users to use. There are a lot of options that users can take advantage of.

Support

Support has been excellent. I've had to contact the developer a couple of times and he's always been fast at responding and helping us out.

I used this to: We upgraded to the business version. Well worth it. We have volunteers that are scheduled to volunteer. When a volunteer needs to cancel, they can simply email one email address and all of the other volunteers are emailed without having to give out the email list to everyone.

Great Listserv


Posted on 03 July 2015
Functionality

We've used this extension for at least a year. Many options are available. It serves our purpose as a useful listserv.

Ease of use

Once setup, it's easy for users to use. There are a lot of options that users can take advantage of.

Support

Support has been excellent. I've had to contact the developer a couple of times and he's always been fast at responding and helping us out.

I used this to: We upgraded to the business version. Well worth it. We have volunteers that are scheduled to volunteer. When a volunteer needs to cancel, they can simply email one email address and all of the other volunteers are emailed without having to give out the email list to everyone.

Mailster

Version:
1.2.4
Developer:
Holger Brandt IT Solutions
Last updated:
Apr 08 2016
Date added:
Nov 18 2014
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
Free download
Uses updater:
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