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Maniac (V) Inmate

From: under the bed
Insane since: Feb 2000

posted posted 02-22-2003 05:14

Ok, I have a site for which I want to create a mailing list.

The *only* thing I ever want to do with this mailing list, is to compile a list of email addresses of people who want to be notified when I update this site. Nothing else.

Now, my host has this 'built in' service for mailing lists, using 'Mailman'.

It is far more complex than I care to disect...and having briefly tried to work my through it, have found that it's so much harder to get something SIMPLE than it should be.

So...my question out of all this - what are my options for setting up such a simple mailing list, where a user can add there address through a simple inputon the page, and when I feel like sending out an update, I can just fire off a single email?

Any tips appreciated.

norm
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: [s]underwater[/s] under-snow in Juneau
Insane since: Sep 2002

posted posted 02-22-2003 05:29

with PHP you could code a form that would add each submission to a text file. Then code another page that would load each entry in the text file into an array, loop through the array sending an email addressed to each value held in the array.

I used this method to send group emails to members of our local Mac user group.

/* Sure, go ahead and code in your fancy IDE. Just remember: it's all fun and games until someone puts an $i out */

Tyberius Prime
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Germany
Insane since: Sep 2001

posted posted 02-22-2003 13:37

but you should really make it double opt in. That means, when someone enter's a email on your site, a mail is sent to that email, requesting to visit a unique link to activate the submission....

'mailman' probably has quite a number of advantages over a (simple) php script... it scales well, you don't have to think about the script timeouts, you can send delayed mail... but of course, I don't have any tutorials at hand.

so long,

Tyberius Prime

Skaarjj
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 02-23-2003 09:00

After a fair bit of searching, I turned up the offical MainMan FAQ...here's hoping it helps:
http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py?req=index

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