Join David D. Levine for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating around the administrative interface, part of Managing Mailing Lists with Mailman.
- The first thing you see when you go to the Mailman administrative interface, whether from the cPanel, clicking on a link, or from a bookmark URL, is the Administrator Authentication page. All you have to do here is to enter the administrator password and click the Let me in button. As the text below the button says, you must have cookies enabled. You will remain logged in until you log out, you exit your browser, or the cookie expires. Note that there is only a password field on this page, not a username. Anyone who has the administrator password for a list and can reach the administrative web interface, and note that, by default, there is a link to the administrator interface at the bottom of the public list info page, anyone who has that password has the full powers of a list administrator, so pick a strong password and guard it well.
So, I'll enter our password here. And click Let me in. This is the first page of the administrative web interface for the Ceramics alumni list at rouxacademy.org. The top of every page in the interface tells you where you are. It says Ceramics mailing list administration on the first line of every page. And the line below that tells you which page or section, as Mailman calls them, you're on. In this case, you're on the General Options page. Immediately below that on every page is a menu of all the sections of the interface.
The current page, in this case, General Options, is in bold and surrounded by square brackets. Click on any item in this menu to navigate to another page. If the current page has subpages, they'll appear as sub-bullets in the menu, as you'll see later. Most Mailman administrative interface pages are formatted as a two column table with one row for each configuration option. The left-hand column, Description, includes a description of the configuration item and a link to click for more details. The right-hand column, Value, shows the current value for that configuration item.
After making any changes on a page, you must scroll to the bottom and click on the Submit Your Changes button at the bottom center. If you're typing in a one line text field, you can also press the Return key. But if you navigate away from the page without submitting your changes, they will be silently discarded. There's a link for more details on every option. If you click on this link, for example, Details for include sender header, not only does this page contain more information about the option, it also contains the Description and Value columns for that option so you can change the options value right here.
But, as the text below the submit button warns, if you have this page open as well as other pages about the same list, there's a risk that the value shown here could be out of date. It's a good idea not to open multiple pages on the same list at once, and in particular, you should not open the Details for option name link in a new tab or window. You can click the Submit Your Changes button at the center bottom of the page to change the options value and return to the page you were looking at before, or you can click the Return to General Options page link below that, or just use your browser's back button to return without making any changes.
I'll click the link. Many pages are divided into subsections, which are shown with centered italic titles. In this case, the General Options page has subsections General list personality, Reply To: header munging, Umbrella list settings, Notifications, and Additional settings. I'll be referring to these subsection headings as I discuss each page in the interface. Finally, at the very bottom of every page in the administrative interface, you will find the list name, which links to the list info page, we'll discuss that later, the administrator address or addresses, which is a clickable mail tool link to contact the list owners, and a link to the beginning page of the administrative interface.
- Creating lists
- Setting basic list attributes
- Managing mass subscriptions and renewals
- Sending and receiving lists messages via email
- Using Mailman's digest mode
- Viewing and managing archives
- Setting max message size and other options
- Controlling bounce processing
- Approving and rejecting posts by email
- Managing attachments and formatted messages