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Email Subscription - like on the Fog Creek site

I would like to give users the ability to subscribe to an email list.

Joel uses whatcounts - is this easy to add to a CityDesk site.

I would like a free version - this is for a volunteer site.

New User
Sunday, August 24, 2003

There are lost of yahoo mailing lists. Here one person's write up about it:

Sunday, August 24, 2003

TK - thanks for your post.

I only want to collect email addresses from my site - not start a group.

i.e. when people sign up - I will occationally send them emails.

New User
Monday, August 25, 2003

You will need some coding on the server side.  Its very easy to do.  I have my server side code send email to my subscription address.

However, you can also include a link like this:

<a href=" Subscribe me">Subscribe</a>

This works only if the user has an email program.  But it is awfully simple.  You then get email with the subject shown from whoever wants to be on your list.

Joel Goldstick
Monday, August 25, 2003

I'm with Joel G. for the simplest possible solution that you can implement right now.

Many hosting service provide mailing list services as part of their hosting packages. They'll provide the HTML for a subscription form. You can set one up in a few minutes. Your host may have that service already. If you have many subscribers, the list will save you time and give users a way to remove themselves at their convenience.

Monday, August 25, 2003

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