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    sending emails + creating mailing lists

    anyone know how to create mailing lists and USE them to send emails to specific people in database?

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    set up a subscribe form on your web site and get people to enter their name and email address. The name is just to make the email more personal. Then have a form in an admin area say, the form should at least take a message and then on processing the form you can email everyone a personalised email with the message on it, along with a removal option at the bottom of each email using their id and email address to verify and remove their entry.

    If you want to narrow down the recipients to particular people then you will either need to give them options on how to control their emails (eg on certain subjects only) or generate a list/search to allow you to dynamically create the list of recipients from the database table. If you only have a small number then I would just list each with a checkbox, ticked if that person should get an email and unticked if they shouldn't. Alternatively design a search to allow you to dynamically generate a smaller list, but I'd still keep the checkbox option to allow the user to uncheck certain people who have gotten into the search results but shouldn't be mailed.

    Always make sure however that you offer a method for unsubscribing, and ideally email them this link on subscription too or alternatively get them to validate their email on subscription so that you are not sending out emails to invalid email accounts or non-subscribers who's email has been given.

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    Try alertgear.com


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