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Discussion in 'Website Design Forum:' started by samjacksondesign, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. samjacksondesign

    samjacksondesign Senior Member

    Good evening all.

    I am after some advice/info on website subscriptions.

    I would like people who enquire to automatically be added to my newsletter subscription list.

    Is there any way of doing this?

    Many Thanks,

  2. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    ummmm, you might want to read up the eu rules regarding that, last time I checked that wasn't allowed unless you had a tick box to opt in/out :)

    You also need unsubscribe options on your newsletter.

    I actually had one company (quite a big name) refuse to cancel unsubscribe me (I never subscribed), I asked first, nothing happened so I ended up emailing them quoting the eu regs (you can be prosecuted for failing to unsubscribe a user). My 'newsletter' never came again....
  3. samjacksondesign

    samjacksondesign Senior Member


    Right im with you.

    So if i placed a subscription icon on my site, and they subscribed off their own back this is ok?

    Just i can't automatically presume every customer wants to subscribe.

    I will check up on it now.

    Thanks Levi:)
  4. Harry

    Harry Senior Member

    Don't want to sound harsh but I don't think any customers will want to subscribe if it's just your portfolio siteā€¦

    Save yourself the time and expense is my only advice, start a blog and Twitter account if you want people reading your stuff :)
  5. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    yeah thats the basic jist or if you do assume and automatically add them there must be a way to be removed from the list.

    But I'm with Harry - do a blog or something, most of my newsletters end up in the junk folder
  6. samjacksondesign

    samjacksondesign Senior Member

    @Harry - The idea of a subscription newsletter as it is for a clothing company of mine. For latest offers etc. I am just trying to grasp the easiest and friendliest way of approaching it.

    Many Thanks,

  7. Harry

    Harry Senior Member

    Cool, that's different then :)
  8. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Just to add, if you're looking at using a service such as Campaign Monitor or MailChimp for your newsletters they have buttons/code you can embed in your site for the sign-up, they then handle un-subscribing, & opt-in info for you :)
  9. samjacksondesign

    samjacksondesign Senior Member

    I will check them out when i get home later on.

    Just another query. This is completely off topic but does anybody have experience of setting up company cashback schemes?

    Feel free to call me an idiot if you like:)


  10. Sunburn

    Sunburn Active Member

    I would also suggest using mailChimp or Campaign monitor, out of the box they take all the hassle of end user subscribe/unsubscribe actions on your website.

    Mail chimp also offering a free account with up to 6000 recipient send per month!
  11. samjacksondesign

    samjacksondesign Senior Member

    IS it relatively is easy to set up?

    I have 'ok knowledge of PHP, HTML, CSS and JS.

    I think MailChimp sounds a good choice:)

  12. Greg

    Greg Active Member

  13. samjacksondesign

    samjacksondesign Senior Member

    Just signed up, wow what a funky site!

    Thanks everyone for the advice and help:)

    Cheerio for now,

  14. samjacksondesign

    samjacksondesign Senior Member

    Just one last thing i promise!

    Does mail chimp provide templates?
  15. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Yes, they have a selection of basic HTML templates you can use, and a built-in designer tool to customise them, you can also upload your own e-mail templates and use the MailChimp tags as needed to pull in data fields from your subscriber database.

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