The Website Settings Tab
You can get to this part of the system by clicking on the gear icon on the right side of blue Admin Toolbar and then clicking Settings > Website Settings > Email.
As you work on your settings, in each tab, you need to remember to click the Save button at the bottom of the screen before you move on to another tab or screen, or you will lose your work.
Settings for Email
Here are the settings you will need to configure:
- 'From' Email Address - If you read the warning pictured below, you can see that your 'From' Email Address can't be facilitated by one of the big free email providers such as Gmail, AOL, Yahoo, etc. The reason you can't use one of those providers is that bulk email coming from a free account like that is exactly how online scammers operate, and your messages will be blocked by most all email providers if you did this.
- Physical Email Marketing Address - The CAN-SPAM laws (yeah, not a joke; that's a real, official thing) require that every bulk email message has to have a physical address for the sender listed in the message, along with an unsubscribe link. So the address you enter into this field needs to be a street address and cannot be a PO box.
- Welcome Email Subject - Your Welcome Email is the auto-response email the system will send out every time someone fills out your Newsletter Signup form (see section below on the Newsletter Signup Module). The Welcome Email Subject is the first thing they will see from you, so make sure you word the statement to be a truly warm welcome.
- Welcome Email Message Body - This area is where you have the ability to give your new subscriber some kind of reward for joining up with you. This can take the form of a coupon code you create so they can get a discount on a web order (to learn more about working with Coupons, click here), or it can be a link to some kind of download, like the example below (click here to learn how to link to a file). Your message should let the subscriber know how often they can expect to receive mail from you, and a rough idea of the kind of content you'll be sending.
NOTE: If you will be using a third-party bulk email service such as Constant Contact or MailChimp, you will not need to set up your Welcome Email Message, but you WILL need your 'From' email address and Physical Address entered here since the system will send notifications and other email messages for you. See the section below on how to embed your third-party sign up form on a page in the Rain system.