I thought I’d share how to do this since it’s something that ANYONE using WordPress could and probably should be doing if they’ve got any business savvy.
Basically our goal here is to give users an option to join our e-mail list when they register for our website. Sounds simple enough, right?
Neither plugin has been updated since 2009 (which makes them near-ancient at this point, technologically speaking), but I thought I’d give them both a whirl and see what would happen.
AWP wouldn’t even install, so that was an easy cross-off my long list of options. On to ARI!
ARI sort of worked. At times I was able to get it functioning, then other times it seemed to stop working. It also comes packed with this extra feature that monitors which of your registered users elected to opt-in to your e-mail list. It’s sort of pointless to track that natively in WordPress in my not-so-humble opinion, since you can track all of that in AWeber (and most likely any other e-mail software).
Since I’m a such a perfectionist and I don’t like using plugins if I don’t have to, I decided to delve into the code of ARI and figure out exactly how it worked. Here’s the basic gist…