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    SitePoint Addict buildakicker's Avatar
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    Creating a Newsletter / Mailing List Manager Scirpt

    Hello all,

    I am about to embark on a mailing list manager script that will be able to send out a newsletter. I am going to write it in PHP and use MySql.

    Can any of you send out some should and should not's when I begin this?

    I would like to be able to have this newsletter component send out 10K+ newsletters to registered users, I would like it to be efficient and "smart."

    Any advice would be appreciated!

    Thanks!
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    Theoretical Physics Student bronze trophy Jake Arkinstall's Avatar
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    Well, first of all don't read a tutorial on it. Most people look at these forums because they try out a tutorial and don't understand it.

    Do you know OOP PHP? in which case, I recommend creating a class, holding all of the functions you need.

    You need the following features:
    • A WYSIWYG Editor - the best on the net is FCKEditor
    • A function to add generated HTML to mySQL database
    • A function to read mySQL database for the latest record, then send it to members
    • The ability, in the members section, to unsubscribe from the newsletter
    • A page which shows the latest newsletter, some people's email clients block images


    That should be it, I think...
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    Sometimes its enough to make that wheel more rounded"-Molona

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    SitePoint Wizard bronze trophy Kailash Badu's Avatar
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    why don't you try some existing scripts. I am sure there are plenty of them. Why reinvent the wheel ! you gain not only because it saves your time but you also get to use a script that been tested by a number of users.

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    Theoretical Physics Student bronze trophy Jake Arkinstall's Avatar
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    Kailash Badu has a very good point. If you decide to try an existing script, try one which has good reviews. There are alot of very dodgy scripts out there...
    Jake Arkinstall
    "Sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel;
    Sometimes its enough to make that wheel more rounded"-Molona


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