Extension:Newsletter

MediaWiki extensions manual
Newsletter
Release status: stable
Implementation User interface, Notify
Description Enables users to publish and subscribe to newsletters
Author(s) Tina Johnson, Tony Thomas
Latest version 1.2.1 (2017-07-09)
MediaWiki 1.25+
PHP 5.4+
Database changes Yes
Tables nl_issues
nl_newsletters
nl_publishers
nl_subscriptions
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
Download
Help Help:Extension:Newsletter
  • newsletter-create
  • newsletter-delete
  • newsletter-manage
  • newsletter-restore
Quarterly downloads 10 (Ranked 135th)
Translate the Newsletter extension if it is available at translatewiki.net
Issues Open tasks · Report a bug
View of all newsletters on a wiki

The Newsletter extension provides a catalog of newsletters registered in a given wiki, an easy way for publishers to announce new issues, and an easy way for users to subscribe/unsubscribe and be notified via web or email when new issues are announced. A "newsletter" is defined as a publication that has a name, a wiki home page, and a single or central wiki page for each issue or edition. For user documentation, check Help:Extension:Newsletter .

You can test the extension at test.wikipedia.org. We welcome feedback and contributions!

Functionality edit

Special:Newsletters edit

  • List of newsletters that are registered with the service, with their basic information, generated automatically.
  • Registered users can subscribe to newsletters in order to receive notifications about new issues announced, via web or email, according to their Echo preferences. It is not expected to offer delivery to user talk pages.
  • Registered users can check the newsletters they have subscribed to, and they can unsubscribe.

Special:RegisterNewsletter edit

  • Administrators can add existing newsletters to the system. They must provide the title of the newsletter; a link to an existing wiki page that serves as main page; and a description.

Special:ManageNewsletter edit

  • Publishers can announce issues for newsletters that have been added into the system via Special:RegisterNewsletter. Echo notifications are sent to subscribers when an issue is announced.
  • Administrators, existing publishers, and other users granted the rights can add and remove publishers. They must provide the name of the newsletter and username of the publisher. (This is separate from Special:UserRights; the right exists only in relation to a specific newsletter.)
  • Administrators, existing publishers and other users granted the rights can also view, add, and remove subscribers from newsletters.

Requirements edit

  • Install Echo - Newsletter extension makes use of Echo notifications to notify subscribed users of new issues when announced by the newsletters, and to notify new publishers and subscribers added.
  • In order be registered with the service, a newsletter must have a name, a central "home page" and in order to publish issues/editions and issue notifications, each issue must have its own page (or central page, such as a table of contents).

Installation edit

  • Download and move the extracted Newsletter folder to your extensions/ directory.
    Developers and code contributors should install the extension from Git instead, using:cd extensions/
    git clone https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/mediawiki/extensions/Newsletter
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'Newsletter' );
    
  • Run the update script which will automatically create the necessary database tables that this extension needs.
  •   Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

User rights edit

By default, only users in 'sysop' group have this permissions. You can set up the user rights in LocalSettings.php.

Right Description
newsletter-create Register newsletters
newsletter-delete Delete newsletters
newsletter-manage Add or remove publishers or subscribers from newsletters
newsletter-restore Restore a newsletter

For example, the following configuration would allow any user to do anything they want with the Newsletter extension, such as creating a new newsletter, deleting an existing newsletter, or managing an existing newsletter by adding or removing publishers.

$wgGroupPermissions['*']['newsletter-create'] = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['newsletter-delete'] = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['newsletter-manage'] = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['newsletter-restore'] = true;

History edit

This extension was created in 2013, then modified heavily as part of a Google Summer of Code 2015 project. Its development team is formed mostly by volunteers, and we welcome new contributors. After a lot of additional work by other contributors, it was made available to Wikimedia users on July 2017.

See also edit