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    Hi,

    I'd like to email my registered users. Previously I've scripted a webpage to send out the emails. But i'm wondering if there's a better solution.

    Is there a program or part of cpanel that allows you to send out mutliple emails to your users? I currently have addresses in a database along with their names & would ideally hope to merge their names to make each email more personalised.

    Just after some advice where to start please.

    Many thanks,
    Devs

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    Re: Advice on email system please...

    Hi devsie,

    You can use Mailing Lists which is a feature found within cPanel. While you won't be able to automatically merge all e-mail addresses from your database directly, with the Mailing Lists function you can "mass subscribe" new people to your mailing list by adding one e-mail address per line in a multi-line text field. You can then send everyone an e-mail which is part of the list by sending an e-mail to your list e-mail account. For example, if you set your "List Name" as list, the e-mail address would be [email protected].

    See this video tutorial on how to set up your Mailing List: Mailing Lists.

    If you need any further help please do not hesitate to respond.

    Kind regards,

    Ben Stones

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    • #3
      Re: Advice on email system please...

      Hi Ben,

      Thank you for your reply. I've taken a look at Mailing lists now, but I don't think that is quite what I'm after.
      When I tested it to add my personal email address, I got an invite to join the list. Would all my users have to subscribe to the list to agree to receive emails from the mailing list? If so, that's not really something I'd want to do for my customers.
      Also, that invitation went to my spam box, which is fine for me, but customers seem to never think to look there for things.
      Would that also feasibly mean other users could email "[email protected]" and send out a mass email. I'm guessing there must be a setting somewhere to stop that.

      Lastly, that wouldn't be able to let me merge details into the email body. I would still like to be able to say "Hello Mr Jones, " etc at the start. I can't see any applications in cpanel that appear to meet my needs. Are you aware of any 3rd party software or something that people use?

      Many thanks,
      Devsie

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      • #4
        Re: Advice on email system please...

        Hi,

        I've found gmail mail merge and that seems to work suitably.

        However, I remember now that there appears to be a limit of ~500 emails I can send per day. What options are available to change that?

        Many thanks.

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        • #5
          Re: Advice on email system please...

          Originally posted by devsie View Post
          Hi,

          I've found gmail mail merge and that seems to work suitably.

          However, I remember now that there appears to be a limit of ~500 emails I can send per day. What options are available to change that?

          Many thanks.
          Hi devsie,

          If you have shared hosting with us we limit accounts to sending a maximum of 300 e-mails per hour, so you shouldn't be limited to just 500 e-mails in any 24 hour period. The easiest way to go around this hourly limit is by sending these e-mails in batches. Even if there wasn't a limit in place I'd still recommend you do this because of the performance bottleneck that can be caused by sending so many e-mails at once.

          As I had said last week you could use cPanel's "Mailing List" feature to create a mailing list. I've just tested it and when I added my e-mail address to the mailing list I had created I made sure the "Subscribe" option was checked which automatically subscribes new e-mail accounts to the list, and not asks for confirmation first (which is what the "Invite" option does). You can add new e-mail accounts from Membership Management -> Mass Subscription.

          If the Mailing List feature isn't what you need, there are several mailing list software options for you to consider - the most popular option being phpList, which may have what you need. If you have cPanel hosting with us you can easily install phpList using Softaculous (located in Software/Services in cPanel). You'll find phpList (and a few other options) in the Mails category.

          Kind regards,

          Ben Stones.

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          • #6
            Re: Advice on email system please...

            Thanks again. phpList looks good.

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