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?
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.