Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Confirming Mailing List Joins

Following my move to HostGator for hosting, I have some work to do on my mailing list software. HostGator have a policy around mailing lists that requires double opt-in. Essentially, this means that users will receive a confirmation email after joining the mailing list. A link must be clicked before any emails will be sent to them.

This is creating some work for me but the end result will be a mailing list process that is less open to abuse (e.g. submitting someone else's email address).

The new server code is written and working, I just need to test it thoroughly. Next I need to figure out what to do about the existing mailing list, collected before the double opt-in was in effect.

On a side note, I'll be installing Linux (Ubuntu) soon. My intention ultimately, is to use my current machine as a Linux box and buy a new machine for Windows. There are several good reasons for this:

1) I can test my web server code offline

2) I can build and test my games against Linux

3) Steam are making moves towards Linux / Ubuntu

4) It doesn't hurt to learn something new, every now and again

Hopefully I'll be getting some game code underway shortly. The freeby shooter needs rounding off (bug fixes and bonus content) then I can start work on a new game using the same engine code.

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