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    Setting up a Mailing List

    So I'm designing a website for a friend, and one of the features he wants is a mailing list. Unfortunately, despite his small audience and very limited computer expertise, he wants a mailing list that verifies people's e-mail addresses on its own and allows him to send out new messages whenever with very limited effort on his part. In other words, he wants a mailing list service. So I downloaded LISTSERV Lite, but I noticed that it seemed fairly complicated, as well as needing access to an SMTP mail server. So I guess I have the following questions:

    1) Does Yahoo! Geocities let you use a SMTP server for your domain name? My friend registered his domain name through them, so I guess he'd have to use their server?
    2) Are there any other free mailing list servers for small, hobby- or opinion-based sites?
    3) How difficult would it be to teach my friend to use LISTSERV effectively so that I wouldn't have to help him out every time he wants to make an update on his mailing list?

    Thanks ahead of time.

    -Josh

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    You should post this in the appropriate forum.

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    And where, might I ask, would that be?

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    Try Announce Mail - fairly easy to set up, allows verification of email adddresses. - www.phpwebscripts.com/announcemail/

    Still needs smtp server, but the outgoing mails are based on a simple text based template.

    Baggs

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    Quote Originally Posted by levinson420
    And where, might I ask, would that be?
    certainly not in the "Accessibility and Usability" forum...moved it to "Just Starting" for the time being...
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    codingclick.com download MyMail its the Best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by levinson420
    2) Are there any other free mailing list servers for small, hobby- or opinion-based sites?
    I think our new site at http://www.aardvarkmailinglist.net sounds like it fits the bill. If you've any questions, feel free to PM me.

    Aaron

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    There are lots of mailing list scripts here:
    http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/Script...ers/index.html

    Or your friend could use an existing service:
    http://www.campaignmonitor.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by altyfc
    I think our new site at http://www.aardvarkmailinglist.net sounds like it fits the bill. If you've any questions, feel free to PM me.

    Aaron
    For an example of this in action, see the site at http://www.atuk.co.uk - at the bottom of all pages, you'll notice there's just a simple box where people enter their email address and submit. That then results in an email being sent to the entered address for subscription verification. Seems to work well.

    Aaron


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