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Function mail() in PHP versus Hotmail Junk Mail Box

Hello,
I develop a function of sending of emails in PHP (on a dedibox, OS =  Fedora core5) by using the function mail($email_address, $subject, $message, $header).
PROBLEM: The mails sent arrive in the junk mail box of hotmail between-others.

How to make so that the messages fall into the "reception box" from my recipients?

I sailed through many forums and I am partly persuaded that all depends on the fourth parameter of mail().
If you know the good configuration of the $header, or of the server, I thank you in advance.
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cpulseCommented:
Does it even go to the junk folder? There are some specific headers you have to have to make it to hotmail.
I could tell you about the headers but this sounds more complicated.

Perhaps one good way is to test it against a server with spam assassin or something similar and see the reasons you get spam score. Then try to eliminate these reasons.
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KCTeamAuthor Commented:
For the moment, i use only "simple email sending", with few text and an url link.
The idea you gave is pretty good cpulse, but spamassassin doesn't work as the Hotmail server.

What i need to know is "how configure my fourth parameter in the PHP function in the aim to send emails that won't be filter as spams by HOTMAIL ?" (it's a pretty difficult question)

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milanmkCommented:
$mailHeaders = 'MIME-Version: 1.0' . "\r\n" .
'Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1' . "\r\n" .
'From: Demo <demo@example.com>' . "\r\n" .
'Reply-To: demo@example.com';

mail($mailTo, $mailSubject, $mailMessage, $mailHeaders, '-f demo@example.com');

Actually the fifth parameter that is important, it send email from the actual user and not from nobody@hostname.com.

The above example is for HTML emails, if you dont use it then change the Content-type.

Secondly, implement SenderID/SPF for your domain. All configurations are easily obtainable from
a. Microsoft : http://www.microsoft.com/senderid/wizard
b. SPF : http://www.openspf.org/

Moreover, if your domain is new then it will stay in MSN spam filter unill it believes that you are not a spammer.

Hope this helps.
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milanmkCommented:
Forgot to mention MSN Postmaster Guidelines at http://postmaster.msn.com/
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KCTeamAuthor Commented:
With our team we solved the problem partly. Which poses problem it's that the mails we send to a member of voila.fr aren't throwed in its reception mail box.

I would like to know the criteria of voila.fr concerning the undesirable mails...or a solution to permit us to finish our job.

Thanks for help ;-)
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KCTeamAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your answer
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