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A short evaluation of open source Newsletter/Mailinglist Software

2009 June 9

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A friend of mine asked me which newsletter system to use for sending abt 2k emails abt once a week. I couldn’t immediately respond, so I gave it a small evaluation of current products. As prerequisite, the system should be in active development, run on a (web)server, easy to use (usability over features) and it would be nice to use it at lowcost or for free. This limited the selection a lot and I just want to present my final opinion:

My favorite and ‘winner’ is the NotOneBit.com Simple Mailing List. It’s written in PHP, simple, clean and really easy to use. Perfect for a small use-case like this. Check it out: http://www.notonebit.com/projects/mailing-list/

Actually I thought PHPlist is first choice, but I didn’t liked it usability at all – I wonder why it’s so popular?

OpenEMM has a nice website and pretends to be opensource, but somehow I wasn’t able to get a proper version to run and test. Looks more like fake to me… Update: see comments, apparently there’s lot’s of work going on and you can download it from sourceforge easily..

MailMan is quite popular, known as stable and high performant, but still I don’t like the backend. The whole software looks a bit outdated to me… c’mon it’s 2009!!!

Other systems may worth a look as not for free, so I didn’t test them:
http://www.mailingwork.de/
http://www.supermailer.de/
http://www.campaignmonitor.com/

Nice sources to check:
http://www.inmedias.de/download/Newsletter-Software.pdf
http://www.vwsoft.de/?sectionid=pgminfo&pgmid=3
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_marketing_software

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5 Responses
  1. December 17, 2011

    Hello out there

    Is anyone experienced with open source newsletter software from http://www.open-letters.de/opensource.html ? I am searching for an easy to use software too, but i do not want to use OpenEMM: Its too big, to complicated for me.

    Thank You all for Your answers!
    Paul

  2. Jesse permalink
    September 9, 2011

    though it is an older post I was glad to find it although the link to notonbit needs to be fixed.
    http://www.notonebit.com/projects/mailing-list/

    Thank you.

  3. Stef permalink
    September 7, 2011

    OpenEMM works perfectly for me too, but the wizard to create a new mailing is not very userfriendly. You can easily create the mailing the “normal” way.

  4. tobi permalink*
    August 13, 2009

    hm alright, I’ve just checked, looks better now, I may give it a try again..

  5. August 13, 2009

    I was wondering what was so difficult to download OpenEMM from sourceforge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/openemm/files/) and install it on a web server?

    I did that a while ago and it was fairly easy to install. I wonder if this has changed in the last half year, because that is when I did install it on my local webserver to check it out (haven’t sent mail with it).

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