Written by windsong

The recent trend towards HTML email really disturbs me. I, for one, do not like HTML email. If I want to seerepparttar glitz and color, I will go to your website, but send me plain text in your email. Do I receive HTML emails? Sure. Butrepparttar 124373 delete key is right there and I use it. And so do a lot of other people. HTML belongs in web pages.

One major concern is bandwidth. HTML email files are much larger than plain text. I resentrepparttar 124374 fact that it takes longer to downloadrepparttar 124375 HTML email from my server. It also takes longer to load it intorepparttar 124376 email window. Then I have to scroll back and forth. Forget it. Deleting is easier.

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Easy Steps to Creating Your Very Own Ezine

Written by Merle


Text ezines versus HTML format is a highly debatable subject. At this time, most ezine publishers stick with text, and I strongly recommend you follow suit. Many people are still using email clients that cannot read HTML messages - others preferrepparttar speed, ease and security of receiving their ezines in text format. It is safer to userepparttar 124372 format that is compatible withrepparttar 124373 largest number of users.

But there are other readers who appreciaterepparttar 124374 design quality and visual appeal of an HTML newsletter. So what can you do to please both sides? You can always publish a text version and include a link to an HTML version online. This is what I do and it seems to makerepparttar 124375 majority of my subscribers happy. It does call for twicerepparttar 124376 amount of work since you'll have to make two versions of your ezine, but in my opinion it's well worthrepparttar 124377 extra effort.

So what is a text ezine? Basically, it's just an email with some special formatting applied to make sure it's readable by everyone, no matter what email client they may be using. You'll want to stick to a fixed width font like courier or Monaco, and you'll need a plain text editor like Notepad or Textpad. One drawback with Notepad is it has no built-in spell checker, so I'd advise you to download Textpad or something similar. Many free text editors can be found at

You'll need to set up a template for your ezine so its look will be consistent, issue after issue. This should include your ezine name, date, and issue number atrepparttar 124378 very top, followed by a table of contents. If you're not sure on how it should look, you can obtain some free ezine templates by sending .

Atrepparttar 124379 very end of your newsletter template you'll want to include a paragraph on how to subscribe and unsubscribe, copyright information, and advertising information. It's vital that you include unsubscribe information in each and every issue. Do not hold people "hostage" by making it next to impossible to get off your list, it won't be appreciated and is not only considered unprofessional, but it could get you into real trouble with Spamcop.

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