Manage newsletters in Laravel 5
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Manage newsletters in Laravel 5

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This package provides an easy way to integrate MailChimp with Laravel 5. Behind the scenes v3 for the MailChimp API is used. Here are some examples of what you can do with the package:

Please note the at the time of this writing the default merge variables in MailChimp are named FNAME and LNAME. In our examples we use firstName and lastName for extra readability.

Newsletter::subscribe('rincewind@discworld.com');

Newsletter::unsubscribe('the.luggage@discworld.com');

//Merge variables can be passed as the second argument
Newsletter::subscribe('sam.vines@discworld.com', ['firstName'=>'Sam', 'lastName'=>'Vines']);

//Subscribe someone to a specific list by using the third argument:
Newsletter::subscribe('nanny.ogg@discworld.com', ['firstName'=>'Nanny', 'lastName'=>'Ogg'], 'Name of your list');

//Subscribe or update someone
Newsletter::subscribeOrUpdate('sam.vines@discworld.com', ['firstName'=>'Foo', 'lastName'=>'Bar']);

//Get some member info, returns an array described in the official docs
Newsletter::getMember('lord.vetinari@discworld.com');

//Returns a boolean
Newsletter::hasMember('greebo@discworld.com');

//If you want to do something else, you can get an instance of the underlying API:
Newsletter::getApi();

Spatie is a webdesign agency in Antwerp, Belgium. You'll find an overview of all our open source projects on our website.

Postcardware

You're free to use this package (it's MIT-licensed), but if it makes it to your production environment you are required to send us a postcard from your hometown, mentioning which of our package(s) you are using.

Our address is: Spatie, Samberstraat 69D, 2060 Antwerp, Belgium.

The best postcards will get published on the open source page on our website.

Installation

You can install this package via Composer using:

composer require spatie/laravel-newsletter

You must also install this service provider.

// config/app.php
'providers' => [
    ...
    Spatie\Newsletter\NewsletterServiceProvider::class,
    ...
];

If you want to make use of the facade you must install it as well.

// config/app.php
'aliases' => [
    ..
    'Newsletter' => Spatie\Newsletter\NewsletterFacade::class,
];

To publish the config file to app/config/laravel-newsletter.php run:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Spatie\Newsletter\NewsletterServiceProvider"

This will publish a file laravel-newsletter.php in your config directory with the following contents:

return [

        /*
         * The api key of a MailChimp account. You can find yours here:
         * https://us10.admin.mailchimp.com/account/api-key-popup/
         */
        'apiKey' => env('MAILCHIMP_APIKEY'),

        /*
         * When not specifying a listname in the various methods,
         *  this list name will be used.
         */
        'defaultListName' => 'subscribers',

        /*
         * Here you can define properties of the lists you want to
         * send campaigns.
         */
        'lists' => [

            /*
             * This key is used to identify this list. It can be used
             * in the various methods provided by this package.
             *
             * You can set it to any string you want and you can add
             * as many lists as you want.
             */
            'subscribers' => [

                /*
                 * A mail chimp list id. Check the mailchimp docs if you don't know
                 * how to get this value:
                 * http://kb.mailchimp.com/lists/managing-subscribers/find-your-list-id
                 */
                 'id' => env('MAILCHIMP_LIST_ID'),
            ],
        ],
];

Usage

After you've installed the package and filled in the values in the config-file working with this package will be a breeze. All the following examples use the facade. Don't forget to import it at the top of your file.

use Newsletter;

Subscribing, updating and unsubscribing

Subscribing an email address can be done like this:

use Newsletter;

Newsletter::subscribe('rincewind@discworld.com');

Let's unsubscribe someone:

Newsletter::unsubscribe('the.luggage@discworld.com');

You can pass some merge variables as the second argument:

Newsletter::subscribe('rincewind@discworld.com', ['firstName'=>'Rince', 'lastName'=>'Wind']);

Please note the at the time of this writing the default merge variables in MailChimp are named FNAME and LNAME. In our examples we use firstName and lastName for extra readability.

You can subscribe someone to a specific list by using the third argument:

Newsletter::subscribe('rincewind@discworld.com', ['firstName'=>'Rince', 'lastName'=>'Wind'], 'subscribers');

That third argument is the name of a list you configured in the config file.

You can also subscribe and/or update someone. The person will be subscribed or updated if he/she is already subscribed:

 Newletter::subscribeOrUpdate('rincewind@discworld.com', ['firstName'=>'Foo', 'lastname'=>'Bar']);

You can subscribe someone to one or more specific group(s)/interest(s) by using the fourth argument:

Newsletter::subscribeOrUpdate('rincewind@dscworld.com', ['firstName'=>'Rince','lastName'=>'Wind'], 'subscribers', ['interests'=>['interestId'=>true, 'interestId'=>true]])

Simply add false if you want to remove someone from a group/interest.

You can also unsubscribe someone from a specific list:

Newsletter::unsubscribe('rincewind@discworld.com', 'subscribers');

You can also subscribe and/or update someone. He/She will be subscribed or updated if he/she is already subscribed:

Newletter::subscribeOrUpdate('rincewind@discworld.com', ['firstName'=>'Foo', 'lastname'=>'Bar']);

Deleting subscribers

Deleting is not the same as unsubscribing. Unlinke unsubscribing, deleting a member will result in the loss of all history (add/opt-in/edits) as well as removing them from the list. In most cases you want to use unsubscribe instead of delete.

Here's how to perform a delete:

Newsletter::delete('rincewind@discworld.com');

Getting subscriber info

You can get information on a subscriber by using the getMember function:

Newsletter::getMember('lord.vetinari@discworld.com');

This will return an array with information on the subscriber. If there's no one subscribed with that e-mail address the function will return false

There's also a convenience method to check if someone is already subscribed:

Newsletter::hasMember('nanny.ogg@discworld.com'); //returns a bool

Creating a campaign

This is how you create a campaign:

/**
 * @param string $fromName
 * @param string $replyTo
 * @param string $subject
 * @param string $html
 * @param string $listName
 * @param array  $options
 * @param array  $contentOptions
 *
 * @return array|bool
 *
 * @throws \Spatie\Newsletter\Exceptions\InvalidNewsletterList
 */
public function createCampaign($fromName, $replyTo, $subject, $html = '', $listName = '', $options = [], $contentOptions = [])

Note the campaign will only be created, no mails will be sent out.

Handling errors

If something went wrong you can get the last error with:

Newsletter::getLastError();

If you just want to make sure if the last action succeeded you can use:

Newsletter::lastActionSucceeded(); //returns a bool

Need something else?

If you need more functionality you get an instance of the underlying MailChimp Api with:

$api = Newsletter::getApi();

Testing

Run the tests with:

vendor/bin/phpunit

Contributing

Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.

Security

If you discover any security related issues, please email freek@spatie.be instead of using the issue tracker.

Credits

About Spatie

Spatie is a webdesign agency in Antwerp, Belgium. You'll find an overview of all our open source projects on our website.

License

The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.