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WP SES is now WP Offload SES Lite

We recently acquired (and updated) WP SES. You can find the free WP SES plugin on the WordPress repo as WP Offload SES Lite.

But we also added a paid version that includes email support and other features you might find improves your experience of sending site emails with Amazon SES. Check out how the free and paid version compare below.

Features Missing From the Free Plugin

Email support

If you run into difficulty with WP Offload SES, you can easily submit an email support request via the Support tab inside the plugin. We don't provide technical support for the free plugin, so this is a big deal. Any active license will get you a prompt reply via email, but the Gold license or better will get you PriorityExpert™ email support which guarantees that the first response you get from us is from a developer.

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Open & click reporting

It's important to be able to measure the engagement of your site emails. Are people actually opening certain emails? Are they clicking links? With that information, you can try to update an email's subject line and see if the open rate improves. Or update the email copy and see if more people click on the links. With WP Offload SES, you can access all of this instantly, from your WordPress dashboard. Although the free plugin tracks opens and clicks, it does not have reporting.

Reporting of open and click metrics

Auto-retry email sending failures

Every Amazon SES account has a max send rate. If you try to send more emails per second than your account rate, Amazon SES will return an error and refuse to send the email which could result in dropped emails if not handled properly. WP Offload SES is aware of your SES account's send rate and will stay within the limit, but in the event of a failed send (e.g. a networking issue) the robust queue system will retry sending those emails and keep track of failures. The free plugin will just report an error when you hit your send limit or if an email fails to send.

Auto-retry email sending failures

Manually retry email sending failures

Let’s say there was a networking issue that prevented your site from connecting to Amazon SES to send your email. WP Offload SES will automatically retry sending a few times before giving up and calling it a failure. If that happens, you can simply retry those failures once connectivity to Amazon SES is restored. With the free plugin there is no way to retry sending when a failure occurs.

Manually retry email sending failures

Manually resend any sent emails

Let’s say that one of your users accidentally deleted a message that was sent to them. You can find that email in WP Offload SES and resend it in just a few clicks. No more manually assembling the pieces of the email you think they need because you don’t have a copy of the original email. With the free plugin there is no way to resend sent emails.

Manually resend any sent emails

View a specific email

Both WP Offload SES Lite and WP Offload SES save the full content of every email sent through your WordPress site. But only WP Offload SES allows you to search for an email and view its contents. And because the free plugin saved all your past emails, when you upgrade to WP Offload SES you’ll be able to search and view all those past emails.

View a specific email

Work talk: WP Offload SES from @dliciousbrains is slick as hell.

Brian J. Link

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Quick Compare

  Free Upgrade

Setup wizard

Open & click tracking

Verify senders from your WordPress dashboard

Multisite compatible

Email support

Open & click reporting

Auto-retry email sending failures

Manually retry email sending failures

Manually resend any sent emails

Search for any email

View a specific email

Analyze engagement for a specific email

Lightweight email newsletter features (Coming Soon)

Just what you need for simple email newsletter sending and nothing you don’t. No drag and drop email builder here. And certainly no marketing automation stuff. This will be dead simple email newsletter features. You’ll be able to create lists, import subscribers, send simple emails, and allow visitors to subscribe/unsubscribe. Want to customize the look and feel of the emails? You can always change things up with some tweaks to your site's theme files.

Handling bounces & complaints (Coming Soon)

By default with SES, bounces and complaints are sent to you by email and that's all. There is no report in the AWS console of exactly which emails have bounced or received a complaint, nor is there a way to handle them. We're planning to show which emails have bounced as part of the WP Offload SES reports so you can clean up your email address list periodically. We also plan to have actions/filters you can hook into with code to automatically handle bounces and complaints.

Reputation monitoring (Coming Soon)

The AWS console allows you to review statistics about your reputation and do some reputation management. We're planning to pull this data into your WordPress dashboard so you can manage it without needing to login to AWS.

Unsubscribe from site emails (Coming Soon)

The ability for a user to unsubscribe from site emails is a significant feature missing from WordPress. For email addresses that have hard bounced for example, it doesn't make sense to continue sending them emails, so we can automatically unsubscribe them from future site emails. In the future you'll have the option to include an unsubscribe link in the footer of your site emails to satisfy your users' need to unsubscribe and better comply with ever-tightening privacy regulations.