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PhpList is an open source software solution for mailing list management. Written in PHP, the software utilizes MySQL and is designed to distribute information, such as newsletters or advertising to subscribers.
No, there should not be any surprise expenses since phpList is published under the GNU General Public License making the software completely free.
PhpList is known to handle mailing lists that are very large, up to hundreds of thousands of email addresses.
Though phpList was originally designed to work with MySQL databases, it is possible to extend connectivity to other databases such as PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, SQLite, Sybase, IBM DB2, and Oracle with phpList’s support for ADOdb.
Yes, a shared plan can handle phpList, but you need to be aware of the hourly and daily mailing limits of your hosting company. Also, on a shared plan, you are sharing your mail server’s IP address with other users. If that IP gets blacklisted, you won’t be able to send out mail. For high mail volumes, consider a VPS hosting plan.
Yes, since phpList is freely available software, most hosting companies will have it available as a single click install. If it is not available through one-click installation, you can easily install it yourself or get your host to help you.
Since phpList is well documented, you can get support from tutorials, reference documentation, and community forums throughout the web. Since the software is widely used, most problems will already have solutions posted online.
Since the Microsoft platform is not officially supported, using phpList on Windows IIS servers is not endorsed. However, users have successfully adapted phpList to run on IIS.
Yes, it is possible to run phpList on Windows without IIS as long as you have the correct versions of PHP, Apache, and MySQL.
PhpList provides great localization options since its user interface and software documentation is available in at least 35 languages including English, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Vietnamese.
You must update phpList manually. First, backup your database and the entire phpList installation along with the configuration file called config.php. Next, replace your phpList with the new version and restore your old configuration file.
Yes. Some of the special requirements for phpList include having PHP 5.4 with a number of specific extensions, MySQL or MariaDB, and the Apache web server.
PhpList can run on any OS including major distributions of Linux, Windows, and OS X. To install phpList, simply following the detailed guides from the online community.
Yes, you can modify settings within phpList to forward bounced email to a specific email address.
Yes, you are able to create HTML-based templates that can also include images with custom tags using phpList.
Yes, you are able to attach files but remember to enable attachments in the config.php configuration file.
Yes, phpList can throttle outgoing email, which is highly recommended for managing bandwidth and respecting the mailing limits of your host. This can easily be done in the batch processing segment of phpList’s config.php configuration file.
The phpList software provides a few convenient options for data import and export. Users who want to import data can either use standard CSV or TAB delimited files. TAB delimited import files are recommended since data is less likely to contain them. Since the maximum import file size is 1 MB, you will have to split larger files. On the other hand, if you want to export files you will need administrative privileges for outputting data in TAB delimited format.
According to phpList’s documentation, you must run PHP with “safe mode” turned off in order for certain features such as bounce processing to work properly.