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    okay WDF fellow friends,

    ive been haunted by this function for awhile now...

    how do the rest of you guys create this? i had steax i believe create most of the .php files but . i would like something w/ a control panel or an optionable way of either uploading a .doc or typing a message to sendout to the recepients... so do most of u use an opensource .. or a cms? or how do u guys do the newsletter ?

    helppp

    thanks

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    So many choices ...

    1) PHP script that emails a form (search Google for PHP form script).

    2) PHP script that sends email with attachment, in your case, it would
    be best to attach a PDF file (your newsletter).

    3) PHP script that sends an HTML formatted email.

    4) You upload the newsletter and send an email with a link to the newsletter.

    5) You provide an RSS feed so people can use their RSS readers to list all
    available newsletters (past and present) ... they also get a flag when something
    new has been added. RSS is perfect for newsletters and blogs.

    6) You create a BLOG and do all of your communication that way.


    So many various scripts found using Google, hard to tell which is best.


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    so for rss.. you create an xml file.. do i just update the xml file ?

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    You need to create your own RSS (XML) feeder, or try to find a script.

    It's sort of tricky because we don't know how your newsletters are created.
    Usually, you have a database that stores files (like MP3 files), and the PHP
    script that stores them creates a "feed.xml" file that people will use with
    their RSS readers.

    I would guess your newsletters are PDF files (but you didn't tell us about them),
    and you will be storing them somewhere (don't know that either), and instead
    of emailing people, you will recommend that they use an RSS Reader to see
    your list of newsletters (we don't know that either).

    More information is needed.

    If you plan on using PDF files for your newsletters and you store them somewhere,
    maybe you can also create a simple flat-file (text file) with a list of them, the
    filenames, titles, and dates? I guess we don't know that either.


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    okay well im trying to create a scenario for future reference... so you can base it on any previous work


    say i will be storing them in a db created w/ my hosting company

    and that they are .pdf file format

    and say i would have an icon for my RSS feeder

    and i would want them categorized by the titles

    does this help msleim friend?

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    OK,

    Once you get some into a database (MySQL I assume), let us know.
    I think we'll need to know how they are stored in the MySQL table,
    the field names. With that, a PHP script can be made that queries
    the database and creates the RSS feed (XML file).



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