mailing lists

Hi
I’m creating a site for someone and they have asked if I can add a section where people can request to join a mailing list.

Is there a simple way of doing this?

Help!

David


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Hi David,

If the site is one of our PRO-HOST sites, then the easiest way is to use the mailing lists function in the hosting control panel.

Each mailing list you create in the control panel has a code snippet that you can paste in the Freeway page as a HTML markup. This markup creates an email field and button that subscribes/unsubscribes the user. Their email address is then added/removed from the mailing list held in your hosting panel.

You can then bulk send the mailing list up to 2500 per mailing list from within the control panel. Either plain text, or HTML text.

You can bulk copy/paste up to 2500 email addresses directly into the control panel. You can create multiple mailing lists.

This add/remove procedure means you are complying to spam laws.

David

On 17 Jan 2009, at 7:07 pm, David B wrote:

Hi
I’m creating a site for someone and they have asked if I can add a section where people can request to join a mailing list.

David Owen ::
Freeway Friendly Web Hosting and Domains
http://www.ineedwebhosting.co.uk

What system is being used to manage the mailing list? Is that part
already in place, or are you being asked to provide that as well?

Also, what kind of mailing list? Do they want a list like this one,
where members can post messages to the other members of the list? Or
are they thinking of a “notification” list, where they push the latest
news out to a group of people?

If the latter, then MailChimp and MyEmma are two highly-regarded
services that manage that sort of thing for a fee. What you get for
your money is a tremendous amount of attention paid to the proposition
that you are not a spammer. If you try to roll this sort of thing
yourself, you may find that your client’s domain may become
blacklisted at some point, which gets icky, really icky.

Walter

On Jan 17, 2009, at 2:07 PM, David B wrote:

Hi
I’m creating a site for someone and they have asked if I can add a
section where people can request to join a mailing list.

Is there a simple way of doing this?

Help!

David


freewaytalk mailing list
email@hidden
Update your subscriptions at:
http://freewaytalk.net/person/options


freewaytalk mailing list
email@hidden
Update your subscriptions at:
http://freewaytalk.net/person/options

Walter’s right, its one thing having a subscription mailing list that people want to add themselves to say a newsletter. But don’t try and push email to people who don’t want it.

After looking at this recently, you’re OK (in the UK) to send mail to other businesses without asking - but individuals must request first e.g subscribe this kind of email or you might run into trouble.

But it comes back to if your site is a trusted site. You must reassure them that when they are unsubscribed they will be.

On 17 Jan 2009, at 7:24 pm, Walter Lee Davis wrote:

If you try to roll this sort of thing yourself, you may find that your client’s domain may become blacklisted at some point, which gets icky, really icky.

David Owen ::
Freeway Friendly Web Hosting and Domains
http://www.ineedwebhosting.co.uk

Hi
Thanks for the quick replies.

Firstly David, it is indeed on one of your PRO-HOST accounts! So I guess that’s taken care of (no doubt with a little help)

I think what I do need though is the method of collecting the addresses.

I envisage something whereby the person adds their email to a field and hits a submit button - something like that. At this point I’m open to ideas.

Thanks

David


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You could use Tim Plumb’s PHP Contact Form Action, set up to mail a default ‘subscribe’ message to the list server. If the list server is configured (through your control panel) to send out a friendly Welcome message, then you would be all set. You’ll have to look through the documentation for the Action at http://freewayactions.com and you’ll have to figure out how to set the list server through its Web control panel.

But that’s the “free” way to do this.

Walter


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When you create a new mailing list in the control panel, a bit of code is also generated - you copy/paste this code into your Freeway page - and that’s it.

This code creates everything you need - e.g.

  1. An email field
  2. A submit button

If you add an email - its added to your list. If you add the email again, its deleted from the list. it really easy,

Create a test mailing list - and have a play. You can always delete the code and mailing list if you don’t need it.

On 17 Jan 2009, at 8:06 pm, David B wrote:

I envisage something whereby the person adds their email to a field and hits a submit button - something like that. At this point I’m open to ideas.

David Owen ::
Freeway Friendly Web Hosting and Domains
http://www.ineedwebhosting.co.uk

Here’s a quick demo I’ve set up to show you how it works. The emails collect in your control panel.

http://www.ineedwebhosting.co.uk/demos/mailinglist/

On 17 Jan 2009, at 20:06, David B wrote:

I think what I do need though is the method of collecting the addresses.

I envisage something whereby the person adds their email to a field and hits a submit button - something like that. At this point I’m open to ideas.

David Owen
Freeway Friendly Web hosting and Domains ::

http://www.ineedwebhosting.co.uk

http://www.ineedwebhosting.co.uk/blog