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    This is lame: How do I email HTML newsletter?

    Hi.
    I was wondering (sorry, i know it's lame, I am new to this world), how do I email a newsletter and having it being seen like it should instead of HTML code?

    Do I need to use a service for that (like mailchimp or others)?

    Or do I just paste it to the email?

    Not sure how this is being done.

    Thank you so much

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    Yes. You can go by way of mailchimp or ConstantContact and pay for a service, or you can learn how to do it manually. That's always better and you'll have something to add to your resume. If you need a good software for newsletters (HTML based), then I would go with Microsoft Publisher. It's part of most Microsoft Office packages and you can do unlimited things with it. There are newsletter templates all over the web for Publisher, too.

    Additionally, if you're sending these from a website and you're using Wordpress, or some other type of Content Management System (CMS), then check out this link...

    http://wpbestof.com/5-newsletter-wordpress-plugins/

    There's going to be a slight learning curve with Wordpress if you've never used it before, but you can do amazing things with Wordpress and all the plugins that come with it (including the newsletter ones).

    There's another link for you to check out here.

    Good luck and post if you need additional assistance.

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    Wow! Thanks so much for that wonderful and detailed post. Really appreciate it.

    When you say "or you can learn how to do it manually", what does that mean? Instead of a service/software?

    Our website is not WordPress. But it is PHP.

    Again - thx for the help!!!

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    A program like Microsoft Publisher allows you to do it manually. You can drag and drop images, text boxes, layouts, or whatever you want onto a page and see how it looks. Then, you can convert it to an HTML email, pdf, Word doc, etc...

    A link to try the software is here.

    Sign up. They'll require a credit card. Just make sure you cancel before the first 30 days, or you'll get charged. Unless you like it, and then go ahead and buy it.

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    Be sure to test any HTML Email you create by sending copies to yourself in as many ways as you practically can: to your desktop/laptop Email client, online Email services like Gmail, etc. Email clients vary widely in their support of anything but the most basic HTML and CSS. HTML generated by Microsoft Office products like Word and Publisher usually contains coding that is only fully supported by other Microsoft products like Internet Explorer and Outlook and can look quite different in other commonly used products like browsers and Email clients.

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    Might also help:

    HTML EMail:

    How to Code HTML Email Newsletters: http://articles.sitepoint.com/articl...il-newsletters
    How to Test Your HTML Email Newsletter Before You Hit Send: http://designfestival.com/how-to-tes...-you-hit-send/

    How To Code HTML Email Newsletters (All New Version): http://www.reachcustomersonline.com/...1/23/09.27.00/
    Coding for GoogleMail, LotusNotes, and Outlook 2007: http://www.reachcustomersonline.com/...9.27.00/#step4

    How to Create and Send HTML Email: http://www.addme.com/newsletters/issue293.htm

    Email Marketing Articles and Guides: http://mailchimp.com/

    Fractal: Validate Your HTML/CSS Email Code: http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/fractal...your-html-css/

    20 Email Design Best Practices and Resources for Beginners: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/ht...for-beginners/

    Mailing List Code: http://www.bravenet.com/webtools/elist/

    G-Lock EasyMail: http://www.glockeasymail.com/

    With this new email tool from Gmail you can create HTML formatted newsletters without knowing HTML: https://www.google.com/accounts/Serv...t&ltmplcache=2

    How to Create Great HTML Emails with CSS: http://www.webreference.com/programming/css_html/

    30 Free HTML email templates: http://www.campaignmonitor.com/templates/

    How do you typically create HTML email?: http://webdesign.about.com/b/2008/10...html-email.htm

    Email Standards Project works with email client developers and the design community to improve web standards support and accessibility in email: http://www.email-standards.org/

    Sending an HTML and Plain Text E-newsletter with ASP.NET, Part 2: http://www.webreference.com/programm...Net_WebMail_2/

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