Update: NUS has been updated to work with the new Google Feedburner Accounts, please check the update page for NUS to get more information about upgrading the plugin.
I was going through my feed subscribers and was startled to see that around 50% of my email subscribers had not confirmed their subscriptions to the Techie Buzz feeds, then I saw how painful it was to send them a friendly message saying that hey I see you have not confirmed yet so why don’t you do that.
That is when the idea to develop this plugin came to my mind, it took two days of my time out of my other work but it was worth it, I can say so because it was never more easier than to have such a functionality inside my WordPress admin panel itself.
Welcome to Notify Unconfirmed Subscribers my 4th plugin yet but a long way from being my last one.
What is Notify Unconfirmed Subscribers?
NUS as I call it is a neat plugin that fetches all the subscribers who have not yet subscribed to your feed verifying themselves by clicking on the verification link in the email FeedBurner sends them.
Many users simply do not verify and thus leaving a lot of readers who do want to read your feeds cannot due to the verification email going unnoticed or landing in the spam folder.
NUS asks you for your FeedBurner username and password and fetches all those unconfirmed subscribers allowing you to send a personalized email to them asking them to verify their subscriptions.
You are asking me for my FeedBurner username and password, What will you do with it?
Relax, ask any expert to go through the code, I am asking username and password so that I can fetch your unconfirmed subscribers. What do I have to do with your username and password??
Will you support other providers other than FeedBurner too?
Well of course you can add a feature request at the NUS feature forum so that I can work on other providers.
Will it be hard for you to do that?
Well no, I created the software such that it is extendable to any number of providers, count me on that I have been in software for almost 7 years now. But remember you have to add your feature requests to NUS feature forum and I cannot promise how long it will take.
What do I need to use Notify Unconfirmed Subscribers?
To be fairly clear your server needs to have cUrl (command line tool for transferring files with URL syntax) with SSL support before you can start using NUS, without cUrl with SSL support it will not work at all and you will see a message that it does not support your blog or some weird errors altogether.
I tried using Snoopy but Snoopy uses standalone cUrl and not the built in cUrl in PHP. So I had to turn over to this. Please give me some time to write the library for supporting every blog am sorry but assure you that I will do it. Your feature requests should be added to the NUS feature forum not in the comments please.
Why do I need cUrl?
I needed cUrl support because the FeedBurner site requires login over a https (SSL protocol) and I did not have enough time to write a library to take care of it. Rest assured future versions of this plugin will work on every site even without cUrl support. Please give me some time to write the library for supporting every blog am sorry but assure you that I will do it. Your feature requests should be added to the NUS feature forum not in the comments please.
Why is it slow?
Come on, I churned out the code in two days flat, give me some time to optimize it :-)
Will it be faster?
Of course it will be much faster in future releases.
Will you provide support for it in the future?
Very much like the other plugins I have created I will provide support till the end, there is just a little change that all support requests should be posted in the NUS support forum and not in the comments.
Does it have bugs?
Of course it does but you can help me make it better. What do you expect out of two days and like I said please post all bugs in the NUS support forum.
What about spamming?
NUS maintains a log of emails to whom a message has already been sent, so you do not have to worry about sending the message to the same user again.
What if I want to do that?
You are spamming.
If I want to spam then?
I can’t do it, you have to do it manually :-).
What if I want to send all my subscribers a message?
You can fetch them manually by logging into your FeedBurner account and downloading your subscribers emails, and then send them a email.
Do I support languages other than English for this?
Not yet, but surely in future. I do not have a non English account, so anyone will to help with a non English account is welcome.
How does it work?
Well now that you asked, here is how Notify Unsubscribed subscribers works. Many users may have more than one feeds in their FeedBurner account and if it is case after step 4 you will get a link to repeat the process from step 2-4. NUS will fetch all the information for all your feeds in step 1 so you do not need to repeat it over and over again, unless you are fetching new unconfirmed subscribers again.
Enter your FeedBurner username and password and NUS will fetch all your feeds and their unconfirmed subscribers.
Will fetch all results and ask you to select which one you want to send a message to
Add your customized message
Done. Repeat it for other feeds.
How do I download it?
Please visit the Notify Unconfirmed Subscribers on WordPress extend to download the plugin.
Can I donate to you?
Well you are being so kind, there is a donate button too, below and in the sidebar I would be excited to receive your support. Thanks.
If you think this software is useful to you, you can make a small donation.
All files and their contents are licensed under the General Public License (GPL).
0.1 Released October 1st 2007
If you have any problems please use the forums to report about it to me.