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Welcome to our multi article tutorial on installing and using phpList. phpList is free software that you can install and use on your account to send one way mailing lists.

In this phpList tutorial series, we will:

**Note: It must be approved before you can send bulk mail from your account. You can request an email limit exemption from AMP.

Step 1. Create your phpList email account

The first thing you'll need to do is create an email account. This email account will be used to handle any bounce back messages. An email will bounce back if you have an invalid email address subscribed to one of your mailing lists. In our example, we created

Step 2. Install phpList

After you have created an email account, you'll need to do is install phplist. We'll be installing phpList into a subdirectory call phplist, so it will be located at

  1. Log into your cPanel
  2. Click the, "Softaculous" button.
  3. Go to MAILS and then select  "PHPlist" in the lefthand menu
  4. Click on "Install," then enter your installation details. We entered the following information:
    Choose Protocol Select HTTP, unless you have purchased an SSL certificate and it setup already
    Install in directory Select the diretory where you wish to install PHPlist.  If you're using the primary domain then leave it blank
    Administrator username Select an admin user name (by default it is "admin")
    Administrator password Select an admin password (by default it is "password")
    Admin Email Add an Admin email (it defaults to
    Database name Choose a database name for the PHPlist installation (default = phplist)
    Tabel prefix Choose table prefix (default = pl_)
    Cron job settings Leave blank unless you have a specific time you wish to setup for a Cron job to run this application
  5. Softaculous gives you the option of sending you an email with the details of your installation. We recommend entering your email address to receive the details of the installation.
  6. Complete the installation procedure by clicking on INSTALL at the bottom of the page after filling out all of the details. For further information (and more detail) on loading phpList in Softaculous, please go to Install phpList with Softaculous.

Congratulations, phpList is now installed! If you visit your phpList installation, in our scenario, you should see a screen similar to:


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