Bulk e-mailing a newletter to people WHO WANT TO RECEIVE IT!

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by thomasp, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. thomasp macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2004
    I am designing a website for a friend and they would like to send newsletters out to people who "register" (ie, send their e-mail addresses to the website owner).

    What is the easiest way to bulk-email a newsletter to 20+ addresses?

    Is there any specialist software that can do it that's Windows 2000 & XP compatible (sorry for asking this question!), and is relatively easy to use and user-friendly?

    If you're wondering why I'm asking on a Mac forum, I'm a Mac user and my friend is a PC user, and having hovered around MR for a while, this seems like a knowledgeable forum :)
  2. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2003
    �The classically legitimate way of bulk-emailing to opt-in recipients is via software such as LISTSERV or MAJORDOMO. I believe those two are specifically Unix proggies ("MacJORDOMO" was a Macintosh port of the latter, IIRC). I would be quite surprised if versions have not been ported to the Windows platform, though.

    Recipients still need to adjust spam filters to allow in email not specifically addressed to them. The email is typically addressed to something like "List Recipients <digest-recipients@organization.org>" and the bulk-mailing sw sends copies to all the registered recipients.

    You can also do it easily enough via FileMaker — or even AppleScript + plain text file containing addressees. Anything that can loop through a series of address lines (or records) and send out an email to each recipient will do the job.
  3. thomasp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2004
    It's quite likely that the e-mails are going to have pdf attachments.

    We will not be e-mailing anyone who hasn't given their consent first and agreed to receive the newsletter.

    Unfortunately, it looks like most, if not all of the mailing is going to be done from Windows 2000/XP - so software for that would be better :)

    Is there an easy way to do this from Outlook?
  4. littlejim Guest

    This may not be quite what you are looking for, but a neat PHP/mySQL solution may be webinsta mailing list :


    This enables you to have a simple form on the web site that lets anyone subscribe/unsubscribe a mailing list (you can run many different mailing lists).
    The administrator can then do his mailouts online via an admin panel.

    I've just read that you want attachments and I'm not sure if it can handle this.

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