|The purpose of this tutorial is to introduce you to the Mailing List or Newsletter program from Bravenet.com. Many HTML webmasters find that their web hosts do not offer a pre-installed newsletter program. A good alternative is to use a free program such as that offered by Bravenet.com. The second purpose for this tutorial is to reply to several emails from my readers who find it difficult to set up their web host's newsletter program. I thought that a step-by-step tutorial about how to set up the Bravenet newsletter program would help both groups.|
In order to set up the newsletter program, you need to understand how the program works. The Bravenet newsletter program has a two step Opt-In process. Each person who wishes to subscribe to your newsletter must complete both steps in this process. The first step is to fill in the sign-up form on your webpage. After that, the program sends the person an email message that contains a link. The second step in the Opt-In process is to click on the link in the email message. The subscriber's email address is then added to your mailing list and he is taken to a thank you page.
After you have opened a free account with Bravenet, log in to the Members Area Account Manager. Click on the Edit Account Information button to go to the Membership Profile page.
Return to the Members Area Account Manager. There you will find the Unregistered Services list which is a list of all the Bravenet programs. Find the Mailing List program on the list of Unregistered Services. Click on Register Now and you will be taken to the Mailing List information page. Click on the Get One Free button to get the HTML code for your newsletter sign-up form.
Click on the Go To Members Area button at the bottom of the page. On the Members Area Account Manager page you will now see the Mailing List program listed in the list of Registered Services. Click on the Service Manager button and you will be taken to the Mailing List Service Manager page.
You will now customize the newsletter program to work with your website. Under the Maintenance section, click on the General Settings button.