OntarioCities allows you to send newsletters out to people who have signed up to your website's mailing list
(if purchased) and specify which categories to send the newsletter to. We use a 3rd party mailing system to ensure compliance with
anti-spamming laws and to handle the large volume of email a newsletter can generate. To prevent unsolictied emails people must
opt in/out to the newsletter via your website. If you are using categories each category will have its own userlist and people will
have to opt into each list they want to get emails from. Also they will have to opt into a main list that you can use when wanting to
Clicking the News Categories link (fig 1.0 ()) brings you to fig 9.0. This allows you
to enter categories for your members to subscribe to on your website. To add a category click the 'Add Category' button in section 1 or to edit/delete
a category click the cateogry name in section 2. Section 3 shows the category Name. Section 4 lets you know if a new Category has been activated yet.
To add a category simply enter a Category and a Short Name in Section 1. Short Name:
Short Name is the name used to make the email list. The shorter the better using letters/numbers. All letters will be converted to lower case and spaces to underscore. Your category will be inactive until administration can create the new mailing list for it. This usually is done within the next business day.
To edit/delete a category click the category Name as seen in fig 9.0 to be taken to fig 9.2. You may edit the Category in section 3 however the Short Name cannot be changed. If you require this changed please contact administration. Click 'Update' in Section 1 to save your changes or Delete.
If you require a copy of your Main news list click the button and we will email you a copy in plain text format unless requested otherwise.
Clicking the Send Newsletter link (fig 1.0 ()) brings you to fig 9.5. Sending out a mass newsletter to your
customers is as easy as selecting which categories to send to (), typing in a subject (), and the actual text of your message (). You if you like you may also use the HTML layout option (same as the webpage layout1) to customize the
look of your message (). Please note however some users may not accept HTML email or be set up to display it properly. If you would like to preview your newsletter check the PREVIEW ONLY box in . This will open your newsletter in a new window and NOT send to your subscribers.
Fig 9.6 shows all the previously sent newsletters. Newsletters are shown 10 to a page and
may be navigated through using the controls in section . Clicking on the Subject in section will show the full message (fig 9.7)
and allow you to remove the newsletter. You may only delete old messages not edit them.