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Multi media e-mail.

by christy / December 22, 2010 6:22 PM PST

I am trying to create multi-media e-mails - which are essentially web-pages. I have no problems with the HTML codes. My question is: Does anyone know of hosting services [ preferably free] which can host(or allow me to save) the media files[ sounds, music, photos, etc.], where I can point to as the "src" in my HTML codes ? Free web hosting services do not allow this, or on a very limited basis only. Other suggestions as to how I can do this are welcome. Thanks.


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Re: hosting
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 22, 2010 6:30 PM PST
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You say "Free web hosting services do not allow this, or on a very limited basis only." And then you're asking for a free web hosting service that does. That's kind of a contradiction, isn't it?

I'd say you can put a picture on any site you've got access to and link to it. Why can't you? What's the limited basis?

Let's say your company has a website. Why not use that?
Or host your own server on your own Linux PC. You'll need a connection with a rather fast upload, but apart from that it's practically free.


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by christy / December 22, 2010 11:43 PM PST
In reply to: Re: hosting

Thanks for your reply. Here is clearing up a bit of misunderstanding. There are free "web-hosting" services.... what I meant to say was whether there are any services which let me save or leave my media files at a server [not necessarily a web hosting service....]. Free web hosting services simply do not allow me to do what I want to do....and they are limited in the space required. Some sites require a password, so are not suitable.


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It's at times like this
by Jimmy Greystone / December 22, 2010 9:56 PM PST
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It's at times like this when I usually stop and reconsider what it is I'm trying to do. Plan A didn't work, and I can't seem to find some obvious way of ironing out any of the little wrinkles in my plan, so I usually figure it's time for a new plan at such a juncture.

The idea of multimedia emails may seem nice, but you're hitting just one of many snags to come. HTML in email works even less well than it does with web browsers. If you have ever experienced the joy that is trying to get a website to work in Internet Explorer and then every OTHER browser, just imagine that every email client is even more fussy than Internet Explorer in what it will support. So odds are a good portion of the people you send a message to will not see it even remotely close to as you intended.

I will at least give you credit for wanting to host the multimedia content on web servers as opposed to trying to embed it into the email message itself. Email servers have enough to contend with with just the volume of spam being pumped out. Then there are self-centered inconsiderate people who add to that problem by sending large attachments. At least we can't say that about you so far, but it is probably time to scrap your current plan and start working on a different one.

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Plan B....
by christy / December 23, 2010 12:05 AM PST

Thanks for your suggestion. OK, so, plan B is: I create an actual webpage and have a free service host it...then provide the link at the e-mail...


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". I have no problems with the HTML codes."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 22, 2010 11:56 PM PST
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". I have no problems with the HTML codes."

I can only guess you have yet to send out said emails. Here our office strips emails of HTML back to text for safety. All that work is wiped out.

Be sure to include a web link to show your handiwork to those that use mail strippers.

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