PhpList is an open source software application. It is used for conducting online marketing campaigns, managing mailing list and keeping a list of subscribers. As soon as it was initially released it became the most popular open source email management software. It supports multiple languages and is ideal to handle the international subscriber’s lists.
It is simple. It has user-friendly interface and performs all the tasks that you expect from an email managing software. It is completely free to download and install and it is also provided free by some web-hosting companies.
With this software, you can maintain an active list of subscribers. As a business owner, this software will help you collect emails of subscribers with their information, arrange those email addresses in different categories as you like and maintain a record of all. It will also keep a record of all the sent emails and all the emails opened by the subscribers.
It will keep a record if the subscriber opened any link attached. It will also detect any fake email address by keeping a record of all the emails that failed to deliver and thus remove those emails that don’t exist from the list, keeping all the record active and accurate. With this software, you can easily do effective email marketing. You can send newsletters, announcements, and promotions to the targeted subscribers.
Brief history and Technical specs of PhpList
It was initially launched by International Software developers led by Michiel Dethmers in 2000. As an open source software, it is always under development by PhpList, Ltd. Dethmers has always tried to present the better version of it. Its latest version that is PhpList 3.2.5 was released in early 2016 with a lot of security fixes and with upgraded features and tools.
Overview of Features
For convenience, let’s break down the features of the PhpList into three main parts.
Managing the list of subscribers: This will let you collect all the data of subscribers through subscription form. This information is then organized by data profiles. All the information that is gathered through all the subscriber’s forms is then organized by data profile. It is divided into different categories like location, age group, education, income etc. That information is then used to hit the targeted group of people for the successful marketing campaigns. This also ensures that email is delivered to recipients, recipients opened the email or links inside it as well as if there is any email failed to be delivered to the recipient. It also checks if the email address is spam or fake and then it is removed from the list.
Email Marketing: You can use this list to create highly targeted email marketing campaigns as you have already categorized the people and now you can email the targeted recipients. When you start an email marketing campaign PhpList will ensure that the message is sent to all the targeted people and no one is left in the list of those who would be interested in the product or contents. This software will also ensure that no one receives an email more than once. It will help you control the email marketing campaigns.
Productivity: In the third part, PhpList will allow you to keep an eye on the progress of email marketing campaign. It will help you save your time by providing the data, list of marketers who opened that particular email and people who moved it to spam or trash. Subscribers that constantly ignore the email or move it to spam folder will be removed from the list, keeping the list more productive.
Getting Started with PhpList – Online Tutorials and Supplemental Reading
PhpList is simple, you can easily download it from PhpList, Ltd, or from any other website as a mirror. It can be easily installed manually or you can use some other auto installer like Softaculous or Fantastico. It is easy to configure. If you want to get full benefits from the software you will need to explore the software a bit and learn.
There are many online tutorials available that will help you do this task. This tutorial will help you from level zero that s initial installation up to daily usage. These include videos about introduction, installation, features and performance of the software.
Let me share a few great tutorials here. So, you won’t need to explore the Google to get the thing that you want to learn.
Configuring PhpList: This guide contains three-part video series.
PhpList User’s Manual: This manual is originally prepared by PhpList, Ltd. It is available online and you can also download the pdf version of it. It will give you the complete guide to PhpList covering all the basic topics that include basic installation, configuration, usage and troubleshooting techniques. Click here to access the complete guide.
PhpList 2 (Email Campaign Manager (2011) by David Young): This guide provides an overview of PhpList and why you should choose PhpList. Although, this is an outdated guide and it does not cover the topics of any changes made in the software later but it is worth reading once. Click here to redirect to the guide.
Part one: It will simply give you an overview of the PhpList and its basic features. Click here to access the video.
Part two: In this video, the basic settings, interface, the purpose will be discussed. It will also give some tips for configuration. Click here to access the video.
Part three: It will let you explore the settings. It will help you configure daily usage of the software. Click here to access the video.
PhpList Overview: This tutorial will help you learn the basic usage of phpList. It will provide examples and screenshots and step by step guide on how to manage an email marketing campaign. This will cover basic topics like subscribers list, email notifications, managing an email campaign etc. Click here to redirect to a video tutorial.
Setting up PhpList (Open Source Newsletter Manager): This is a guide by “How to Forge”. It will help you in setting up the PhpList but this guide puts emphasis on Fedora, Ubunto, and CentOS operating systems. Click here to access the complete guide to set up the software.
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