This is the closest I’ve been in the past 2 months with probably 60 hours of learning to actually getting phplist to finally work for sending daily RSS updated newsletters to email subscribers.
I currently have it able to send automatically but now I hit a roadblock with having the RSS feed update automatically.
According to phpList instructions here: https://resources.phplist.com/plugin/rssfeed#retrieving_rss_feed_items, this can be done using a cron job. I am hosting my site on iPage which doesn’t support cron jobs apparently so the way I see it I have three options:
- Log into my site’s phplist once a day before the newsletter is sent to update the RSS feed which is one click but requires logging in and remembering to log in.
- Put together a linux machine (probably a raspberry pi) to be able to run a cron job.
- Use a site like cron-job.org in order to schedule the cron job to run.
I think option 3 would be easiest so long as it works (I have not tested it). However with cron-job when I try to set up the cron, it is asking for what appears to be a web address URL (I typed Retrieve RSS feed in there as the title). Is this where I put the command shown in the phplist instructions posted in the phplist link above? Or do I put only part of this here. Further down the cron-job setup page, there is advanced options. Perhaps I have to enter part of the command in this line.
I am wondering if anyone here has any suggestions on which option would be best for me. I don’t have any experience with cron jobs and have limited experience with linux.