List Server FAQs
Why do I need a list server when I can send emails from my
A list server specializes in the delivery of mass emails. To
send an email campaign from your desktop, you would either have
to send one email to every recipient or carbon-copy all recipients
(thereby showing the addresses to everyone). With a list server,
you send one email and the list server software distributes that
email to your list.
A list server also deals with bounced email messages more efficiently
than a regular email server. Your email host will not appreciate
a ton of bounced emails clogging their incoming mail server.
Why should I pay for a list server when I can get it for
free from other sites?
Many sites offer free list servers, but you will also find that
they post banner ads on your list server site and do not offer
the features or service of a professional list server company. In this
case, the adage "You get what you pay for" is true.
Do I need a web site in order to use list servers?
No, you only need an email account. You may use one of our
domains for your web interface if you do not have a web site
of your own.
Will I be charged for using services beyond my contract?
We sell all services with specific maximums. All list services
are monitored and should you exceed your contracted limits on
a consistent basis, you will need to upgrade your service.
Will my list show banner ads?
No, we will never display text or graphic banner ads on your
Will I need to buy any software?
No, all list server software resides on our system. With the
LetterRIP ® list server you will manage your list with email
commands. With the Lyris ® list server you will manage your list
with either email commands or the web interface.
Does it matter what operating system or browser I use?
No. Since you will be managing your list server via email or
the web, any operating system, browser or email application should
Do I need much experience with lists to administer Lyris
No, the Lyris ® list server is very easy to use. We provide
an online manual and each option for your listserve links directly
to a help section in the online manual. For the most part, once
we set up your listserve, you only need to add members and post messages.
What version of Lyris ® does A-List Hosting use?
We currently use version 4 of Lyris ®. We will likely
upgrade to version 5 in the short-term future and will upgrade
to version 6 when it has proven to be completely stable. We prefer
reliability over new features.