iMakeNews - FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Security | Accounts and Billing | Email
Publishing | General Questions
Privacy and Security
Are the newsletters private? If I publish my
newsletter who can see it?
Yes, your newsletters are private. Your newsletter account is secured by a username and
password. No one else can see your newsletter unless you tell them about it. By sending
someone an email, or by providing a Web address, individuals can obtain access. Password
protection to limit the readers of your newsletter is also available through the Premium
and Pro Accounts.
Can I password protect my newsletter?
Yes, password protection is available. You maintain
the list of subscribers who can access your newsletter and you can assign each a unique
username and password.
How safe is your system and how safe is my data?
We host our servers with a top-tier hosting provider with a state-of-the-art
network operation center. This provider takes care of our backend systems with full
security, redundancy, backup, and high-speed network connections.
Accounts and Billing
How many newsletters can I create in my account?
Each iMakeNews account is designed to hold one type of publication (or newsletter).
Each time you publish and send your newsletter, you publish an Issue. You can have as many
Issues as you can fit within the space limits of your account and one newsletter per
account. For example, a company might have two newsletters: the Employee Bulletin and the
Sales Update. The Employee Bulletin is published once a week in Account 1 and the Sales
Update is published once a quarter in Account 2. Note: It is possible for multiple
accounts to share the same subscriber list
(ask firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this).
I create a newsletter once per quarter, but your
pricing is done on a monthly basis. How does this work?
Our monthly pricing is not specifically tied to the frequency of your newsletter
publication. It is based on the ongoing services that we provide. Our services include the
hosting of your personalized templates that allow you to easily publish regularly, the
availability of your newsletter online on an ongoing basis, the automated maintenance of
your subscriber list and archives, and live reporting and interactivity. You can publish
as frequently or infrequently as you like, and we provide the continuum between each
publication. Your readers can bookmark a page in your newsletter to refer back to it and
they can pass it along to their friends. New readers can subscribe at any time.
What does 10 Megabytes of disk space mean? How many
newsletters can I create with this amount of space?
10 megabytes of disk space can hold hundreds of newsletter pages. Your space
usage is more dependant on the number of pictures you have (their size) and the number of
How large can my email list be?
For the Pro account, there is no limit. You are charged based on the number of
emails delivered each month. iMakeNews uses a custom built, high speed email delivery
engine that can compose and distribute millions of unique email messages daily over our
high bandwidth Internet backbone.
I have a large email list, but I only want to send
newsletters to portions of this list. Can I do this?
Yes, you can segment the list into sub-lists. You can then send your newsletter to readers
on a particular sub-list.
I already have a list of email addresses. How can I use them?
You can easily upload an email address list into your account. You need to have
your address list arranged so that there is one address per line. iMakeNews will then read
your list and add only the valid, unique addresses to your account. Duplicate and
incorrectly formatted addresses will be automatically discarded.
My company uses a list service. Why is your service
A list server is a standard technology that only handles email delivery. It
doesn't handle all of the other steps in creating a newsletter, providing interactivity,
and measuring the results. iMakeNews specializes in mitigating all hassles of newsletter
Who owns the subscriber list? Is it secure?
You own the subscriber list. Nobody else has access to your list. The list is
secure within your iMakeNews account and is housed in our highly secure network operation
When a newsletter is sent, can people see who else
is receiving it?
No, recipients cannot see who else is receiving the newsletter. Each email is
individually addressed and sent to each recipient. This makes the newsletter appear as
though it is one-to-one communication from you to them.
How do you handle subscribers who are using AOL?
Our service is especially savvy about dealing with AOL users. Emails sent to AOL
accounts are automatically detected and converted to an AOL compatible format.
How do "archives" work?
iMakeNews will store past issues of your newsletter and allow people to access
them online. In this way, your readers can bookmark pages in your newsletter and refer
back to them later. In addition, you can link to the archive from your Web site.
Why do I need to post my newsletter to the Web if I
am sending it as an email?
iMakeNews is pioneering the concept of interactive newsletters. The idea is to
encourage email readers to click to the Web based equivalent of your newsletter where they
can find more interactive elements. In addition this allows you to obtain detailed reports
about which articles are most popular and to discover which readers are most active. The
Web version is also more dynamic and can be easily linked to your Web site.
Can I change the layout of my newsletter?
Yes, you can change the appearance and positioning of elements. On the advanced
layout (available through the Premium and Pro accounts), you can add and remove elements.
Will search engines index pages of my newsletter
Search engines can index the pages of your newsletter, however, this will not happen
automatically. You must submit your newsletter to the search engines. There are multiple
services to be found online that can help you.
Do you sell software that I can install on my own
No, we do not sell software. We are an Application Service Provider (ASP). This
means that you access our service online through any standard Web browser and Internet
provider. You do not need to install software and/or software updates. You always have
access to the latest and greatest version of our software and you use our dependable high
bandwidth connections to send email and display interactive newsletter pages.
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