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My aim: Client side: Have a block in the front page to allow any user (including anonymous users) to input their names and email addresses to subscribe the newsletter. Administration Side: being able to see the mailing list and send out newsletter to these emails.
What I have got: I downloaded and enabled the follow modules: Mail System, Mime Mail, Mime Mail Action, Mime Mail CSS Compressor, Simplenews, SMTP Authentication.
I am using Drupal 7 with Bootstrap theme.
What I have done: I have added a new simplenews block in the front page only, styled a little bit. In permission section, I ticked both ANONYMOUS USER and AUTHENTICATED USER for 'Subscribe to newsletters' option.
Problems: I input my email and clicked the subscribe button in the block as a anonymous users, there is an error:
Unable to send e-mail. Contact the site administrator if the problem persists.
Followed by a notice:
You will receive a confirmation e-mail shortly containing further instructions on how to complete your subscription.
The SMTP Authentication module doesn't work for my account because it said my php doesn't have ssl enabled, which I don't know how to do? I have enabled ssl module in my apache, but what shall I do next?
Also I then see no subscribers added when I log on as an administrator later.
Question: How can get let anonymous subscribe to mailing list and how can I create newsletter? Any instructions on how to achieve this? Am I using the wrong modules?