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Integration with DataAssist site?

Thread began 12/21/2012 11:45 am by Sally | Last modified 6/24/2013 1:30 pm by Jason Byrnes | 1700 views | 9 replies |

Sally

Integration with DataAssist site?

I've used the DataAssist wizard for registration and pcms to create a database that my visitors can register using. Am I correct in assuming that if I got PM to add on newsletters that the wizards would make use of the database I already have and build on it so my users don't need to register again? They could just select which lists they want to subscribe to and the emails could be generated using PM?

Thank you.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

No, the Power Messenger solution pack uses it's own users table, to get the existing registered users in PM, you would need to export the users data as a CSV, then import it to the PM users table. the structure of the tables will probably be different, you some editing of the CSV would be be needed before import.

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Sally

Okay, that would work.

What I would like would be something where, once they are registered, there's a page where they can click on which mailings they would like to get and then the site admin can send emails out to those who selected those mailing groups. Someone might be part of multiple groups.

The registrant would also be able to access their account and add or remove groups they want to be a part of. The screen shots on the product page are more from the admin point of view, but I want to make sure the user can do these things too. Am I correct in assuming that this is possible?

Thanks.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

When you create a mailing in PM, there it generates code for a signup form that you can add to your pages

You add this signup form code to the site pages to allow users to signup for that mailing.

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robcorrick409194

Linking my existing WA database to the PM database.

Originally Said By: sally316910
  I've used the DataAssist wizard for registration and pcms to create a database that my visitors can register using. Am I correct in assuming that if I got PM to add on newsletters that the wizards would make use of the database I already have and build on it so my users don't need to register again? They could just select which lists they want to subscribe to and the emails could be generated using PM?

Thank you.  



The WA response is instructive: "No, the Power Messenger solution pack uses it's own users table, to get the existing registered users in PM, you would need to export the users data as a CSV, then import it to the PM users table. the structure of the tables will probably be different, you some editing of the CSV would be be needed before import."

I commend WA for designing this product. It is good. The real power of this product for me, however, is the tantalizing ability to link to my existing WA database. This way, I could design all sorts of tailored and responsive mailings. Your response above, however, is discouraging. It appears that I must export from my existing WA database with a CSV file every time that I want to create a customized mailing program from my existing WA database (which changes all the time).

My question is this: Is there a way to link my two databases, perhaps with some php coding, so that I am not required to do a CSV export every time that I want to do a targeted mailing? I see some of this coding on the net, but it could tinker too much with your PM product. Thank you.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

it could be done through some custom coding or using a chron job to do the CSV import / Export automatically for you, but this type of custom development is not supported.

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Vlad

Originally Said By: Jason Byrnes
  it could be done through some custom coding or using a chron job to do the CSV import / Export automatically for you, but this type of custom development is not supported.  


Yes - it could be done ...

But it exactly MUST be done in future versions!! :-)

I just install PM, and of course - I can import/export ... but, if we talking about real business (not for theoretical marketing) we must filtering audience category based on different field, not just filter by name or country, BUT - by level of knowledge, professional skills, education, sex, age ...

but how user could do this?

This is free idea from real business ;-)

P.S. It's really strange situation - it's good product, but not finished :-(
what's do in this situation? - asking money back? or wait when it upgraded?
as minimum - You must allow user (admin) add field to user table, than it could use it as usual

For me personal - it's not a problem - I can write SQL, but I plan use PM as part of complex for my clients, they can't

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

you can add fields to the power messenger table using PHPMyAdmin or another GUI Tool

and when creating the mailing audience, use a custom SQL Query to query the newly added fields.

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jgroh96793

Ok so I apologize if I am essentially asking the same question, but, I just got a request from a client to build a backend for an existing site, where they can view "applications" (submitted by using a form that submits to the database I will setup on their site). But they want to add a newsletter email functionality and I was thinking about PM. So if I use a basic user registration, using the tools I already have from WA, I couldnt just integrate PM into this backend? They would have to login in again to PM?

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

yes, the logins would need to be separate, the power messenger admin login uses custom code to set the user as an administrator.

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