Here are some of the issues that users of the MailUp Extension for Magento have found. If you encounter an issue not discussed here, please open a support ticket.
Data transfers are not occurring
The MailUp extension for Magento transfers data to MailUp in two ways:
- Auto sync: automatic data transfers performend at a certain interval that is set in the settings
- Manual sync: data transfers triggered by the Sync/Segment Customers feature
In both cases the extension adds a task to the queue of scheduled tasks that will be executed automatically. There are many reasons why the automatic data transfer may not occur. The symtons are data not appearing in the MailUp system (the ecommerce fields remain empty, for example).
Here are some of the possible reasons.
|The store is not successfully communicating with MailUp|
Make sure that the extension settings in your Magento store have been correctly setup. When you save the settings, you should see all lists that exist in your MailUp account shown in the list selection drop-down. If you don't see them there, then the store is not successfully communicating with Magento. Also, be sure you've enabled Web Services API (in MailUp.)
If you've correctly enabled the MailUp API, and added the credentials to Magento, and the store is still not connecting successfully to MailUp, try disabling the IP Address Validation for both the FrontEnd and WSMailUpimport Web services in MailUp: sometimes IP address validation does not work as expected. To do so,log into your MailUp console and navigate to Account Settings > Developers Corner > Web Services (see image below).
|The store is not successfully processing automated tasks, and therefore the automated sync never runs.|
This is a technical issue that you need to discuss with your Web hosting company (or the company that set up Magento for you). There are many articles on this topic, if you are interested (see this Google search). There is also a great, free extension called AOE Scheduler (get it here) that allows you to view and manage scheduled tasks. If there is a problem with CRON jobs not running automatically, you will see it with this extension as you will notice scheduled tasks that did not run. Also, with this extension you can manually force to run a task that did not run automatically.
Here are some useful resources on Magento and CRON:
|The store cannot perform the task as it runs out of memory. The higher the number of customers in the store, the higher the likelihood of this occurring if the server does not have enough memory.|
Make sure that your Magento installation meets the Magento system requirements. We strongly recommend that memory_limit is set to 512MB or higher.. Some Web hosting companies do NOT meet those requirements. You will need to contact your Web hosting provider to confirm.
|The store cannot perform the task because PHP on the server has been configured to time out too quickly.|
Change the PHP timeout settings. For example, the error logs could show notices such as:
In this scenario, for example, the process is taking longer than 45 seconds to complete, but PHP has been setup with timeout of 45 seconds, so the process is killed off before it
The larger the number of orders and customers in the store, the longer the timeout.
Multi-List Subscription coming soon!
We are looking to make additional changes to the Magento integration to support multi-list subscriptions, including "hidden" lists (i.e. the same customer is added both to a "Newsletter" list and to a "Triggered Messages" list). These changes are expected for Fall 2013.
Newsletter subscription checkbox not shown during checkout
The MailUp extension for Magento adds a newsletter subscription checkbox to the step of the default checkout. This feature can be turned on and off in the extension settings.
If the checkbox does not show, this may be due to the use of a custom theme.
There are two files needed for this part of the extension to work correctly: both are inside the theme folder:
In some cases, including the usage of a custom theme, those files will need to be copied to a different location.
Uploading the files to your theme's directory structure, and then refreshing the Magento installation should get this feature working as expected:
For example, if you have a custom theme called MyTheme, inside the Default package you would copy the files to the correct location:
Once the files have been uploaded, you will need to refresh the Magento cache in the Magento admin console.
You should then be able to see the newsletter subscription option at the final step of the checkout.
Issues with customer segmentation feature
Customer information is transferred to MailUp through two different features:
This second feature consists of several tasks: the following table looks at each of them and potential, related issues.
|Task description||Issue||Explanation & solution|
|Filter customers||When you go to step 2, no customers are selected|
The search might be too narrow: try changing the selected filters.
If you are segmenting based on purchase history, please note that Pending orders are excluded.
If that does not make a difference, the issue could be a server memory problem: there is not enough memory for the task to complete. Make sure that your store meets the Magento system requirements.
|Select group||No groups are shown in the drop-down||The store is not successfully connecting to MailUp. See the settings section to review the steps required for a successful connection to your MailUp account.|
|Create group||The group is created, but it remains empty in MailUp|
The creation of the group is a separate task from the transfer of data to MailUp.
|Sync customers||Everything looks OK and I receive a success message, but data is not transferred to MailUp.|
There could be a problem with the execution of scheduled tasks (CRON). So the task is scheduled by the MailUp Extension, but it is never executed.
We recommend installting the AOE Scheduler, a free extension that allows you to see which tasks are scheduled to be executed, which are successfully executed, and which are not. The ones that are not successfully executed, can be executed manually while you further troubleshoot the issue (e.g. an issue with CRON).
Field mapping: new field in MailUp not shown in Magento
If you add a new recipient field to MailUp, it may take several minutes before you see it listed in the field mapping drop-downs on the Settings and Field Mapping page of the MailUp Extension for Magento.
That's because Magento caches information to speed up the system.
If you want to immediately see a recipient field that you just added in MailUp reflected in Magento, you can flush the cache in Magento under System > Cache Management.