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Best PHP or CGI mailing-list script?
searching for server-side email script... pullin hair out hehe

 9:13 am on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hi --

I am looking for recommendations of "the best" mailing-list management script. Hoping for one based on PHP/mySQL (CGI/Perl would be ok, though if so I will need someone to help me get the dbd::mysql perl module working on my server if the script requires that - I have a dedicated server from rackshack.net - redhat 7.1 with plesk).

Here's the main features I need...
Fast, no timeouts even on huge lists, multiple list support, personalization, import my current list including emails AND names, list export options, unsubscribe link in mailings, log subscription date/ip, text/html, double opt-in option, sub/unsub statistics.
Some optional features (not necessary but would be nice) would be subscribing to multiple lists at once, bounce tracking, mime types, archiving mailings, etc).

I currently have about 6000 subscribers (email and firstname stored), and plan on growing and not stopping there. I don't really trust plaintext-databases - but if you can assure me that it's alright, please do. Otherwise - mysql is for me hehe. I'm guessing something with all these features may not be possible for free (though heh you never know, I've seen some downright amazing things for free)... so I'm willing to spend a bit, but hopefully no more than $100 or so (more only if necessary).

Thanks - hope someone can point me in the right direction.



 11:09 pm on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

Anyone have any recommendations for AC_Design? Welcome to WmW BTW! :)


 12:07 am on Mar 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks Dave :)

Yeah heeeelp me hehe. I asked on my own forum but no luck there yet (I own TutorialForums)
I'm hoping someone can just say something like "Yep here's the exact script you need - it does everything it promises, and I or a friend use it and its great" hehe like that :)

Thanks for the warm welcome - this definately seems to be a good place ;)


(edited by: AC_Design at 1:56 am (utc) on Mar. 30, 2002)


 1:38 am on Mar 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

AC It's not wise to post URLs here, probably best to edit them before a moderator does.

We can't do that, it brings the tone of things to a lower level ;)



 1:59 am on Mar 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Sorry didnt know - I've never heard of a forum that doesnt allow signature urls before. Edited.


 6:51 pm on Mar 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

Take a trip over to hotscripts.com and look through what they've got for mailing lists. I installed Mojo Mail a few weeks and have found it to be pretty good but I'm not sure it meets all you're asking for.


 7:57 pm on Mar 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

I use to put URLs as well ;)

I think everybody does but its better without them ;)

WELCOME !!! :)



 3:47 am on Apr 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

I take it no one is going to help though hehe


 7:23 am on Apr 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

<snip> Take a trip over to hotscripts.com >

Me tinks if you add a "www." to the front of above that is help :-)


 8:05 am on Apr 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

hm thanks.. yah i know... ive been to all the script resource sites - like I was saying, I'm hoping for someone's personal recommendation of a script... hoping someone "already knows" the exact script without me having to install 200 different scripts to really see which is best.

Thanks :D

P.S. DaveAtIFG, why did you email me "after" I removed my signature links hehe... er maybe the script put the wrong date and time.. just your email was dated after my post was changed :D


 3:03 pm on Apr 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

<Off Topic> AC, I StickyMailed when I had time! It's just a courtesy, simply pointing out where the rulez reside and how they read. OK? </Off Topic>

jeremy goodrich

 3:44 pm on Apr 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

There is a GPL script which I found at FreshMeat once upon a time that works very well, imho.

FreshMeat open source stuff [freshmeat.net]

If you try searching with 'php mysql mailing list manager' or soemthing to that effect, you should be able to find the one I'm thinking of.

Though, to be perfectly honest, if you need one that does *exactly* what you would want it to do, the best bet is to write your own *grin*. After all, you'll learn valuable skills, and be able to do *even more for yourself* after finishing the project, if you have the time to do it.

And, our ownWebmasterWorld Sever Side scripting forum [webmasterworld.com] is frequented by lots of knowledgable folks who are very talented with php/perl, mysql all the scripting that you'd need to put together your own, kick a$$ solution :)

Hope that helps.


 7:35 am on Apr 8, 2002 (gmt 0)


I use MojoMail successfully on around 15 sites. Only downside is no personalisation (first name) in outgoing mails.

However I found a couple of scripts at www.dtp-aus.com which sound like they do the lot. Just need time to install and test. I'll post details when done.



 2:17 am on Apr 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

Just a follow up - found those scripts a bit too hard work to install. However found "MyMail" in Hotscripts - PHP with mySQL and if you visit their site there's a patch to include Dear %name% personalization. After 2 days of usage and testing, I reckon it rocks ! Give it a try. I've found it to be more flexible than the perl scripts and other alternatives I've tried so far.
Good luck

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