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Post by Email

Post by Email is a way of publishing posts on your blog using your email. Any email client can be used to send the email, allowing you to publish quickly and easily from devices such as cell phones if you don’t have the WordPress mobile app installed.

You can do this in a few easy steps:

  1. Activate the Post by Email module on the Jetpack screen
  2. Go to Users → Your Profile screen
  3. Generate a special email address by clicking Enable Post by Email

Need more detail? Read on or click directly to the section you want to see.

Generating a Post by Email Address

Before you can publish by email, you must generate a special email address. This address is unique to you and must be kept secret (anyone that knows the email address can publish a post to your blog). If there are multiple authors on the blog, each person must connect separately to get a separate special email address.

  1. Make sure that the Post by Email module is activated in Jetpack.
  2. Make sure that your user account is connected to WordPress.com
  3. Go to Users → Your Profile.

    Post By Email - Your Profile
  4. Locate the Post by Email section.

    Post By Email - Enable
  5. Click the “Enable Post by Email” button.

    Your Post By Email Address

You now have a special email address to use for your blog.

Sending Emails

Once you have your Post by Email address, sending an email is simple:

Post By Email - mail example

The email subject is used as your post’s title. The body is the post’s contents.

Mail Formatting

Your email can be plain text or formatted. As much formatting as possible will be retained, although the Post by Email system will strip unnecessary HTML tags so that your email is displayed correctly. Note that you will need to use an email client that supports rich text or HTML formatting in order to make use of this feature. Most website based clients (Hotmail, Gmail) do support this, as do most desktop clients (Outlook, Mail). You may need to switch your client into rich text or formatted mode.

Signatures

Post by email will automatically remove any email signatures that match the standard signature block pattern:

--

(that is, dash dash space)

It will also remove anything after a <hr/> HTML tag and attempts to clean up cellphone network signatures.

If your email system attaches a signature that does not match any of these patterns then you can manually tell Post by Email to stop including text by adding the special [end] shortcode on its own line with a blank line above it. Anything after this will be removed from your post. If your cellphone network is adding a signature and you want us to remove it, then let us know the details and we’ll look into it.

Attachments

Image attachments will be included in your published post as follows:

  • Single images will be displayed inline (a single image is defined as an image without an image immediately following it).
  • Multiple images will be displayed as a gallery.

Multiple galleries and single images are allowed in the same post. Note that using the [nogallery] shortcode will disable all galleries.

Shortcodes

Special shortcodes can be embedded in your email to configure various aspects of the published post:

  • [category x,y,z]
  • [excerpt]some excerpt[/excerpt]
  • [tags x,y,z]
  • [delay +1 hour]
  • [comments on | off]
  • [status publish | pending | draft | private]
  • [slug some-url-name]
  • [title Your post title]
  • [end] – everything after this shortcode is ignored (i.e. signatures). Make sure it’s on its own line with a blank line above it.
  • [slideshow] – replaces the auto-gallery with a slideshow
  • [nogallery] – disables the auto-gallery and displays all images inline
  • [more] – more tag
  • [nextpage] – pagination
  • [publicize off|yahoo|twitter|facebook] – change Publicize options (see below)
  • [poll]question and answers[/poll] – insert a Polldaddy poll into your post (see below)

Shortcodes can be included anywhere in the body of your email and must be in lowercase. There should be no spaces between the left square braket and the shortcode content.

Specifying the Category

The category shortcode will match the category-slug specified. For example:

[category holidays,main-dishes]

Will match the categories “Holiday” (slug=holidays) and “Main Dishes” (slug=”main-dishes”). Note that categories must already exist on your blog for you to use the slug. If you want to add a new category, just type the new category name in the shortcode along with any other category-slugs. Spaces between the commas are not important.

Specifying Tags

Any number of tags can be added to your post, each separated by a comma:

[tags one potato, two potato, three potato, more]

This will add four tags: “one potato”, “two potato”, “three potato”, and “more”. Note that your tags do not need to exist elsewhere in your blog and new tags will be created automatically.

Changing your Publicize settings

Jetpack’s Publicize lets you notify other web services about your posts. With the [publicize] shortcode you can control this from emails. Note that your Publicize settings must have been previously configured for these shortcodes to work. Also, if you have already configured Publicize and don’t include these shortcodes in your post, it will be Publicized to all of your connected Publicize networks.

[publicize off] – disable all Publicize notifications

[publicize twitter] – only send a notification to Twitter

[publicize twitter]my new post[/publicize] – only send a notification to Twitter and set the Twitter status to my new post

[publicize twitter facebook] – Sends a notification specifically to both Facebook and Twitter only.

Note that if you use more than one [publicize] shortcode in your post (for example, both [publicize twitter] and [publicize facebook]), only the second shortcode will be used (in this case, [publicize facebook]). If you want to Publicize to only those two services such as in this example, you need to use a combined shortcode, like [publicize twitter facebook].

Inserting a Polldaddy poll

You must first have created or imported a Polldaddy account into WordPress.com before using this shortcode. Once setup you can insert a poll in an email as follows:

[poll]

What is the worst movie of the decade?

* The Love Guru

* Fool’s Gold

[/poll]

Note how the poll question is added after the [poll] shortcode, and each answer is on a new line and starts with an asterisk. The poll must be finished with [/poll].

You can configure your poll by adding extra details to the [poll] shortcode:

  • type="single | multi | 2 | 3" – how many times a vote may be registered (single by default)
  • style="manga medium" – the style of the poll, as taken from the Polldaddy polls page.
  • other="yes | no" – allow an ‘other’ response (no by default)

For example, to create a poll with the wide ‘manga’ style and allow up to three responses (including an ‘other’ response):

[poll style="manga wide" other="yes" type="3"]

What is the worst movie of the decade?

* The Love Guru

* Fool’s Gold

[/poll]

Delaying Your Post

The delay shortcode will accept any time allowed by PHP’s strtotime. For example, you can:

[delay +1 hour]

[delay +2 days]

Providing a post title

The title of your published post is usually taken from the subject line of your email. In some instances, such as when sending an email from some cell phones or via a MMS-Email gateway, you may not be able to provide a subject. In this instance, you can set your post title directly inside the email:

[title My Fancy Post]

Changing your post status

Sometimes you may want your post to be private, or to be reviewed by yourself or someone else at a later date before being published. To do this, you can use the [status] shortcode to set the post status.

[status private]

Example Email with Shortcodes

The following email will be published in two days’ time to the “WordPress” category, with tags “announcement” and “WordPress”:

Welcome to Post by Email, the easiest way to blog!

[tags announcement, WordPress]

[category WordPress]

[delay +2 days]

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