After installation BwPostman must be configured. To do so you click in the top right corner of Components → BwPostman at the button Options in the back-end of your Joomla!® installation. Or you click at the button Basic settings in the main view of BwPostman. The options are only available in the main view or in the maintenance.
The options are divided in seven sections: Basic Settings, Registration, Activation, Unsubscription, Lists View, Single View and Permissions. For all options there are tool-tips.
Since version 2.1.1 of BwPostman all texts of the options are multi-language-capable, where it makes sense. That means, You there may enter language strings and depose the appropriate texts at the override files for the respective language. Also see article Texts of Fields of BwPostman do not fit.
With the values entered here the fields Sender's name, Sender's email or Reply to email of each newsletter will be preallocated. They may be overwritten in each newsletter individually. They are predefined with the values of your Joomla!® configuration.
If the fields Sender's name, Sender's email or Reply to email remain empty they will be filled automatically with the data of your Joomla!® configuration. But I suggest to enter these data to become independent form changes in Joomla!® core.
Here you can set the Infos that are required by law.
This text appears directly above the links to edit or cancel the subscription.
Here You can define, that selected categories of articles are not available for selection for the newsletters. If nothing is selected, all articles of all categories may be used for newsletters.
Next you can enter how many newsletters will be sent at once. Some providers don't like it, if you want to send too many mails at once. Thus BwPostman never sends all newsletters concurrently except the entered value is higher than the number of recipients for this newsletter. The default value is 100.
Below you set the time, that shall BwPostman wait, until the next block will be sent. BwPostman only accepts positive integers. All other values will be interpreted as 0.
You can select whether the entered value means minutes or seconds.
Until now all newsletters are unpublished after sending. Per default this is still the same. Since version 2.1.0 of BwPostman here You can set, that a newsletter is published and visible at front end, once it is sent.
The file created at backup tables as a XML file, which may reach remarkable size easily. This may cause problems at restoring, because providers only allow upload of files until a specified limit. Because of this, since version 2.1.0 of BwPostman there is this option, which is set to on by default after installation.
In this field you can enter a text, which will be shown at the front-end in the registration form of component and module and in the subscription manager as introduction. For the module for registration you may enter the text in its settings.
Here you set, whether the selection for the gender should be shown in the registration form and in the edit form of the subscription. This makes sense if you want to personalize your newsletter more specific. This setting is applies to both, component and module as long as there is nothing else adjusted in the module.
Here you set, whether the fields for last name and/or first name should be shown in the registration form and in the edit form of the subscription. This makes sense if you want to personalize your newsletter.
Here you set, whether first name or last name (or both) are obligatory. If you chose yes, then the appropriate field will be shown in the registration form and the edit form of the subscription, even if it is disabled in the option field above. A registration to the newsletter without obligatory entries is not possible.
Here you set, whether the additional field should be shown in the registration form and in the edit form of the subscription. For example, here you can ask the subscriber for the membership number of an association or a customer ID, if the subscriber has no account at Joomla!®. This setting is applies to both, component and module as long as there is nothing else adjusted in the module.
Here you set, whether the input of the additional field is obligatory. If you chose yes, then the appropriate field will be shown in the registration form and the edit form of the subscription, even if it is disabled in the option field above.
Here you set, how the label of the additional field shall be. To work also on multi-language websites, you may enter a language string, which is applied in the appropriate override file for the language. It will be used the override file for the back end, the override files therefore resides at <my_joomla_installation>/administrator/language/overrides. If the folder does not exist, simply create. The English override file is called en-GB.override.ini.
If here a language string BWPOSTMAN_ADDITIONAL_FIELD_LABEL is set, then the entry in the override file may look like:
- At the language string, that is the left part until the equal sign, there must not occur a space or special sign. Umlauts also are not allowed.
- Please don't enter spaces around the equal sign, The delimiter for the text, that shall be shown instead of the language string, use double quote.
- Each language string needs a separate row. Empty rows will be ignored and may be used to structure the file.
This setting is applies to both, component and module as long as there is nothing else adjusted in the module.
The additional field may get a tooltip, which will be displayed, if you hover the label with the mouse. Just as well, you may use a language string.
Here you define whether the email format shall be shown in the registration form or not. This setting is applies to both, component and module as long as there is nothing else adjusted in the module.
Here you set the default email format the newsletter will be sent out, when the subscriber has not selected anything. This is the predefined setting for both registration forms, component and registration module. Here also: The registration module may have its own settings.
To fulfil the needs of the GDPR and to give the required information about the newsletter to the subscriber, this switch is implemented. If the switch is set to on, then the description of the mailing list is displayed at registration form.
Here You set, how much characters are displayed at description. With the next character the description is shortened. But to show the subscriber, that the description is longer than displayed, there are three dots displayed, if the description is shortened. The whole description is displayed as tool tip, if one hovers with the mouse.
In the registration form you can display a link to a disclaimer. To do so You set the switch Display Disclaimer to Yes. In this case the subscriber has to accept the disclaimer before sending the registration. In some countries a disclaimer is useful, in Germany it is possibly harmful.