Dutch Django meeting: django-newsletter (Kees van Drongelen & Mathijs de Bruin)
Tags: pun, django
Kees told us briefly how he ended up with Django. He used Python before he
used Django. A big boost was seeing SQLObject, an object relational mapper
(ORM), at a Charleroi Europython conference. The ORM, much nicer than plain
SQL, was what brought him to Django in the end.
One of their goals with django-newsletter was to make it “vandal-proof”:
enforcing good habits. Just short pieces of text with an image, for
instance. So it enforces a nice readable accessible newsletter with nice
images and relatively short blurbs of text.
Another goal was using the admin, as it is a nice piece of functionality in
Django. Settings like templates to use. Also for instance importing
addresses (csv, vcards).
Installing django-newsletter is just a case of grabbing it from pypi in the
usual manner. http://pypi.python.org/pypi/django-newsletter. (Tip: use
django-extensions, a handy collection of tools/functionality.)
Messages are created through the admin. Fields make sure you fill in a couple
of details like a proper title that make it a good readable email. In
addition you add articles with an image and a piece of text. All in all it
makes for a nice email.
Tinymce is a good editor and they use it through django-tinymce. And yes, it
includes a Word paste function that cleans up the Word mess quite nicely.
Sending emails is best done through a professional email host that takes real
care of deliverability and whitelisting and so. This helps a lot with spam
filters and other nastinesses. (Though they currently use their own
They think that customers want newsletter functionality that integrates into
the site. Instead of external newsletter-senders like mailchimp that provide
a different user interface.
That works fine.