How to Customize Email Posting

Here are a few things you can add to your email message to customize you email post.

  • If you put in :start – the message processing won’t start until it sees that string
    • This is helpful if you email client adds information at the top of your email.
  • If you put in :end – the message processing will stop once it sees that string
    • This is helpful if your email client automatically adds a signature line to your email.
  • Posts can be delayed by adding a line with delayXdXhXm where X is a number.
  • Delaying a post is helpful if you want to post an announcement next week – you don’t have to wait until next week to send the email.
  • The following are examples of how to delay a message from posting:
    • To delay posting your message by 1 day at the end of your message on it’s own line type: delay:1d
    • To delay posting your message by 1 hour at the end of your message on it’s own line type: delay:1h
    • To delay posting your message by 1 minute at the end of your message on it’s own line type: delay:1m
    • You can also combine the above to create a custom delay: delay:1d2h4m – delays the post by 1 day 2 hours and 4 minutes.
  • By putting comments:X in your message you can control if comments are allowed
    • comments:0 – means closed
    • comments:1 – means open
    • comments:2 – means registered only
  • Replying to an e-mail gets posted as a comment.
    • For example, you e-mailed a post with the subject line “foo”.
    • If you then send an e-mail with the subject line “Re: foo”, it will get posted as a comment to the “foo” post.
    • This works by the subject line, so if you have two posts with titles “foo”, then the comment will get placed in the more recent post.

Categories and Tags

Add your email post to a specific Category or Categories by email

  • If you put a category name in the subject line of your email separated by a colon  : it will be used as the category for the post
    • E.g. if your Subject Line reads: Health Articles: 3 Steps to Decrease Stress
    • This will give you an article titled 3 Steps to Decrease Stress added to the category Health Articles
  • If you put the first part of a category name it will be posted in the first category that the system finds that matches
    • E.g. If you have a category called Testimonials and added to your Emails Subject Line: Tes: Back Pain No More
    • The system will post that in Testimonials.
  • All of the above also applies if you put the category in brackets []
    • This allows you to add a post to multiple categories
    • E.g. Using [] your Email Subject Line is: [Te] [Di] [Health Art] I lost 100 pounds and feel Great!

On my blog it would post to Testimonials, Diet, and Health Articles all at one time.

It is important to note that the categories you want to use must exist on your blog before using this feature. If you would like to add additional categories to your blog you can create them in the backend of your blog under the menu item Post > Categories. Simply type in the title of your new category and click add. If you need help with this just let us know.

Adding Tags to your email post

You can add tags by adding a line in the body of the message like so: tags: foo, bar

    • In above example your post would have the tags foo and bar (I don’t suggest using these tags)
    • Suggested tags include your profession and town name as well as specific conditions related to this article
    • E.g. Chiropractors in Albuquerque NM, Albuquerque Chiropractors, Back Pain, Lumbago
    • We suggest using 3-6 tags per article and creating variation as each different tag helps to increase your search engine exposure.

Adding YouTube Videos to your Email Post

Our system is setup to make it extremely easy for you to add a YouTube Video to your email post. Simply add the YouTube video url to your email on it’s own line in the location you want the video to appear.

Important Note for YouTube Video URLs: Be sure to only add the video URL without any additional query strings:

For example: is properly formatted

whereas: includes an additional query string of &rel=0 which should be removed.

Including additional query strings in the YouTube vidoe URL will cause the video to be improperly formatted.

An additional warning on using this method to post YouTube videos: Although it is very convenient – the convenience comes with a cost. The cost being that you can not define the size of the video nor can you stop related videos from being displayed at the end of the video. We are working on fixing this but in the mean time it is important to note that this is the reason we suggest using the embed method via normal post creation from the backend of the blog, which allows you to define whether related videos are displayed as well as the size the video is embedded.

Adding Images to your Email Post

Our system allows you to attach images to your email and automatically post them to your blog.

You can publish images in the text of your message by using #img1# #img2# – each one will be replaced with the HTML for the image you attached.

We suggest placing the image tag on its own line. E.g.

Here is some text that will be in my post.


Here is some additional text for my post.


Here is the last part of my post.

Captions – you can also add a caption to an image like so:

#img1 caption=’foo’#

#img2 caption=’bar’#

Image templates

Warning this part is really for advanced geeks like me.

Our system is configured to use a default image template, but you can specify a different one if you want to via email.

You can specify all of the parameters of an image template. As an example I use the following custom template:

<div class=’imageframe alignleft’><a href='{IMAGE}’><img src=”{THUMBNAIL}” alt=”{CAPTION}” title=”{CAPTION}” class=”attachment” /></a><div class=’imagecaption’>{CAPTION}</div></div>

  • {THUMBNAIL} gets replaced with the url to the thumbnail image
  • {MEDIUM} gets replaced with the url to the medium-sized image
  • {LARGE} gets replaced with the url to the large-sized image
  • {FULL} gets replaced with the url to the full-sized image
  • {FILENAME} gets replaced with the absolute path to the full-size image
  • {RELFILENAME} gets replaced with the relative path to the full-size image
  • {CAPTION} gets replaced with the caption you specified (if any)
  • {WIDTH} gets replaced with width of the photo
  • {HEIGHT} gets replaced with the height of the photo
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