How can my visitors subscribe themselves to a list?
On this page:
- Different ways people can subscribe
- Changing the subscription results page
- What happens when a visitor subscribes?
Different ways people can subscribe
There are three different ways that people can subscribe to your list. They can:
- Visit a Mailman Web page;
- Send an e-mail message to an address like "email@example.com" (where "listname" is the actual name of the list); or
- Use a custom "subscribe" form you add to your Web site.
The latter is often the best choice, because it can be integrated into your site and may look more professional than simply providing a link to the Mailman Web page.
However, the first two choices are much simpler and don't require any configuration.
To see the exact Web page, subscription address, or HTML form code for your list:
- Login to the “My Account” control panel (having trouble?)
- Click E-Mail Options
- Locate the mailing list and click show mailing list details
- View the instructions in the "Subscribing to the List" section.
Changing the subscription results page
If you use a custom form on your site for subscribing, you may also want to edit the appearance of the subscription results page to match your site.
In the Mailman administration screens, click Edit the public HTML pages and text files > Subscribe results page. You can either add an entire HTML page there, or add a redirect to your own page with something like this:
<html> <head> <title>Subscription Results</title> <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="1;url=http://www.example.com/mypage.html"> </head> <body></body> </html>
What happens when a visitor subscribes?
When people subscribe to your list using any of the above methods, they receive an e-mail message asking them to verify their subscription. The recipient must either reply or click on a link within the message to actually be added to the list. This step protects you against false spam accusations: when someone replies or clicks that link, it provides permanent evidence that the person at that address actually agreed to subscribe (and was not mistakenly added because someone mistyped their own e-mail address or something like that).
If we later receive spam complaints from verified addresses, we'll know the complaints are invalid and your list won't be affected. If people at verified addresses complain to other ISP or anti-spam blacklist operators, we can use the verification records to make sure the ISP or blacklist doesn't permanently block your mail.
The message that the recipient receives looks like this:
After the person follows the instructions to verify the subscription, they'll be added to your list.