Let's start with a quiz!
Of the skills listed below, which ones are essential if your faculty, department or office wants to design, create and successfully distribute a high quality, professional looking, online email newsletter today?
The most significant difference between the two versions is the prerequisite for LDAP support in LISTSERV 16.0.
According to the vendor, Lsoft International,
The inclusion of LDAP support permits LISTSERV to fully participate in "single-sign-on" (SSO) initiatives as well as allow list owners to take advantage of mail-merge based on LDAP data and dynamic queries.
The move of LISTSERV to an SSL-enabled (secure) server represented the most obvious change to list owners and subscribers by necessitating a change in the URL (from "http:" to "https:") to login and access the web interface. In addition to LDAP support, the upgrade also includes a number of exciting new features and enhancements. A few of these highlighted below.
It is no longer necessary to know HTML to design and create a quality HTML newsletter. LISTSERV's newsletter template gallery, displayed in the image to the right, contains over 20 selectable templates or newsletter editors can customize their own. Once a newsletter profile (with newsletter name, upload of a newsletter logo, etc.) has been completed and a newsletter template selected, creating an HTML newsletter is just a matter of filling in the content. Additional features include:
Additional information, including documentation and a newsletter tutorial are available off the Queen's Mailing List Services home page.
The message posting interface contains a number of enhancements, new features and advanced options. New features and options that are likely to be very popular include:
In order to accommodate many of the new features available in LISTSERV 16.0, a number of new mailing list archive preferences have been implemented. In order to use these new preferences, the Pulldown Navigation option must be selected as the Navigation Style on the General Preferences tab. The new preferences include the Hovering Descriptions of message abstracts to be viewed when moving a mouse over the Subject of a list message (frequently a quick way to view any reply without having to click on the message); the display of the Latest messages sent to the mailing list and the ability to select how many messages to display on the mailing list home page. In addition, a Default View can be specified for multi-part messages containing HTML and text; the default is HTML.
For a more detailed description of the above new features and options, and view additional changes and enhancements, please view the LISTSERV 16.0 What's New Manual.
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