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    How would one have the "Join Our Mailing List" feature implemented into a webpage?

    It is where the visitors type in their e-mail address so they will receive future updates and what not.



    If you know a link that has an instruction for this, that would be great.

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    Well firstly you will need a mailing list program/script to manage the list of e-mail addresses you gather.

    This is a great place to find possible options for such a script in php: http://php.resourceindex.com/Complet...Mailing_Lists/

    I can recommend Easyletter http://www.onlinetools.org/tools/easyletter.php as a very simple first step tool for small lists. It is easy to install, has a couple of cool features, is easily customisable and it is free.

    Once you have a program/script set up to allow users to subscribe and un-subscribe you should start thinking about how you will get to people to subscribe. eg exit pop-up, e-mail entry box on every page or a page dedicated just to newsletter subsciptions. Most people use all three tactics to get subscribers.

    That should help you at least get started

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    Just add a couple of points to what billiousness said:

    It may be a good idea to use a third-party service which doesn't use your server (such as Topica), as mailing list scripts can use a lot of bandwidth and server resources especially with large lists. And your server may not support PHP [img]images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

    The provider I mentioned above is free, however it may be worth spending a bit of money for a better service with no third-party advertising in the e-mails themselves. You should try searching Google for a provider that suits your needs.

    Hope this helps!

    -Sam
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