Archive for March, 2010

SSL image hosting for your Newsletter

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

A few months ago Gmail switched the webmail interface to HTTPS for all of their users.

This is good news for gmail users and I think all webmail services should do this. Now gmail users can read their email securely without having to install all kind of hacks in Firefox.

The problem is that now if you send email with remote images in the html content and you don’t host them on a HTTPS server with a valid certificate ( signed by a recognized certificate authority ),  the recipient’s browser is going to complain when they try to view your messages and this may scare your subscribers and lead to lower click rates for gmail users

To fix this all you have to do is serve the images over a SSL ( HTTPS ) connection. But to do this you need to buy a SSL certificate and since we already have one we thought we should let you use it so now you can host your images on our SSL enabled web server.

To do this you have to use the new “Upload” feature we just enabled a few days ago. All you have to do is design the html message in your prefered editor,use relative URLs for the images then create a zip file with the html message and and the images and upload it.  See more details on the wiki page

Autoresponders are live

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

That’s right, now you can create autoresponders so you can run your email marketing on auto-pilot.

Are you sending a welcome email right after people confirm their subscription?  You should and now you can with autoreponders.

Want to send a new chapter of an online/email course to your list each week after they confirm? Autoreponders allow you to do that and more.

We also have autoreponders triggered by the subscription date so you can send a new confirmation message to subscribers that didn’t confirm after a few days since subscription. And we have autoresponders triggered by subscriber actions like “open message sent in a previous campaign” , and “click one or more links in a message sent in a previous campaign”

You can read more about autoresponders on the wiki.