Your Host’s ListServer
The price of this List Server will depend on your web host. If you shop around, the host should provide this for free.
a. automatic subscribes (by an email address) — yes
b. automatic unsubscribe (by an email address) — no
c. automatic removal of undeliverables or error mails — no
d. archives — no
e. mailloops (autoresponder messages) — no
f. security features — no
Recommended only for small lists. Usually, this type of program will not take more than 1,000 subscribers on the list. You can make a couple of lists if you go over 1,000 subscribers – our host allows us to keep as many lists as we like. This type of list is an excellent way to start out your ezine. It’s free, everything is within your control, email addresses are stored on your server with your website, you can add and delete people from the list as you choose. The auto subscribed function takes away a lot of work.
It would be much better with an auto unsubscribe function – but – it really only takes about an hour each month to delete all of the bad email addresses and all of the unsubscribes. Because it’s free, I’m willing to spend that hour.
The other thing I like about it is its simplicity. There is no double opt-in – and actually, I like that better. I get worried that people will forget that second response. I feel more comfortable deleting them later on if they really don’t like or need our ezine.