[Mailman-Users] Newsletter

Creehan Photography colleen at creehanphotography.com
Thu May 1 22:19:41 CEST 2003

Hi.  I am trying to set up a Newsletter for my site.  I currently have
hosting through hostony.com.  With this hosting account, I received your
Mailman software.  I think that we have the version 2.0.13.  I have a couple
questions for you...

First, how do I update the version to the newest version?  Since it was all
set up for me when I started using this hosting account, I am not sure how
to set this software up.

Second, your software seems quite complex and it seems like a very great
tool for websites that would like to have forums and such.  However, at the
moment, I am just looking to have a simple Newsletter sent out to my
subscribers once a month.  I will be the only person posting these
newsletters.  I just want them to have a form to sign up and a way to
unsubscribe if they wish to do so.  I don't want them to be able to go to
any website and see the information on the list, I just want them to receive
the monthly emails and that is it.  I found a great article on your webpage
FAQ wizard, however, I cannot follow it because I am not sure what it is
talking about.  I think this is partially to do with me having the older
version, but mostly I just think it is because I don't know where to find
the things it is asking me to do.  The posting I was going over is this

An example of what I am talking about is the following.

As in the posting from the link above:
How to create a customized welcome message that avoids mentioning how to
post to the list:
  In Mailman 2.1.x you can customize the welcome message.  Create
  a directory lists/<yourlist>/en (assuming English :) and copy
  templates/subscribeack.txt to this directory.  Then edit this file
  for your specific wording.  Mailman will use this specialized
  template for the English welcome messages.

(I am not sure where to create this directory list.  I also do not know
where to find the templates/suscribeack.txt)

I went through the rest of the instructions and can follow very little of it
and I am fairly advanced with computers.  I feel like I am missing something
big here!  If you could help at all, I would be very greatful.

Thanks!  Have a great day!

Colleen Creehan
Creehan Photography
colleen at creehanphotography.com

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