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Email one address & go to several recipients

Without using an Exchange server or anything like that, does anyone know of a free service that allows me to have one email address that is a distribution list for several other internet email addresses?  I am trying to build a form on my website for a group of people to type in their name/email & body, then just hit send & have it go to everyone on the distribution list...any ideas?
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debuggerauCommented:
with a web form contained on a web server, I assume the webserver will have (or access to) a SMTP server. So some quick code will soon have you sending emails with server-side code.  You could hardcode the distribution list into the serverside code, or keep it as option fields on the form you have...
If you want a site to 'relay' email for you, you will find this difficult as you will have to complete with the 'spammers' of this world...


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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
I know that part of it...the question is how to get a distribution list with everyone's emails in it.
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debuggerauCommented:
I know that part of it...the question is how to get a distribution list with everyone's emails in it.

but you stated that "Without using an Exchange server or anything like that"

so I suppose I need to ask what webserver and applications do you have available to you?
Outlook has distribution lists, but its a client only and would be difficult to control via web server service...

To do a sendmail service with asp.net
http://www.stardeveloper.com/articles/display.html?article=2001082601&page=1

This is asp.net but talks about using gmail..
http://www.aspcode.net/Send-mail-from-ASPNET-using-your-gmail-account.aspx

As you will see from these examples, that the 'to' email addresses are to be specified directly.
You can either create a list of users in code or from a database..
If, say like my company, have a distribution group called staff and the distribution group has an enabled email account say staff@xyz.com then you would only have to include this address once to access all users in that distribution list. but if you needed staff@xyz.com and staff@abc.com to be in a separate distribution list controlled by you, then having exchange or another email server application would be necessary.

Hope that helps.
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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
I know a lot about Exchange etc & if that was the case, this would be simple.  I am using PHP sendmail, so I guess I could always make the recipient list just a long list of email addresses, but that is just a nightmare to keep up.   I was looking more for a service or something that does hosted distribution lists.
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debuggerauCommented:
My ISP's and most others I know also have this service as they need a email service for their customers. But only some on-sell the service to businesses. Usually its the marketing services that  sell this service.
I found this if you don't mind managing the list on your own server.
http://www.phplist.com/
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