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Hour 18. Using Movable Type's Email Features > Sending Update Notifications

Sending Update Notifications

As incredibly compelling as your content is—and we both know you're writing nothing but gold—believe it or not, very few of your visitors will set your site as their browser's default starting page. Many won't even check back every day to see what wonderful new things you have to say. So how do you let your readers know when you've posted new material that they might be interested in?

What you need is a way to send email to your readers when you've written something new that would not just alert them, but would also give them a link to jump right to that new material on your site. Well, that's exactly what the notifications feature does. Movable Type allows you to maintain a list of addresses that it will use whenever you want to send out a notification. But unless you want to manage that list by hand (which you could do if you really wanted to, as you'll see a little later), you'll need to add a form to your site so that your visitors can add their own addresses to the list.


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