Quick MailMan Customization
If you are looking for the quickest possible way to
get an installation of MailMan customized, then you may be interested
in our special quick customization templates. We provide several
distributions that contain replacement template files for MailMan
that you can use as a base to start your customization from. The
quick customization template sets are specifically designed to
be easy for you to customize. Here's how you can have your MailMan
installation customized in just a few minutes, without reading
any complicated documentation or knowing anything about how MailMan's
Step 1: Pick a template set to use as a base
Take a look at our listing of quick
customization template sets and pick one that you would like to
use as a basis for your installation. These template sets are
not as flashy as the default MailMan theme because they use very
few images. That's a big advantage to you though, because images
take a lot of time to customize.
Once you have picked a template set, just
grab the distribution file that corresponds with that template
set and unpack it, and then copy all of the files from that package
into your MailMan directory, overwriting the template files that
you already have. Log in to MailMan just to make sure that it's
Step 2: Replace the logo
Your first step is to replace the logo image with your own logo.
You don't have to do this, and we're thrilled if you decide to
use our logo, but if you're going to do that then you might as
well use the prettier default template set with the integrated
water ripple theme. Just replace the "i_logo.gif"
file with any image of your choosing. Be sure to call the file
"i_something.gif" or "i_something.jpg"
or else MailMan won't be able to rewrite its URL when it runs.
The default size of the logo image is 127
by 127 pixels, but the quick customization templates are designed
to gracefully adjust if you use a larger or smaller image. You
might have to adjust the width of the menu frame of your frameset
in the "t_f_frameset.htm"
template if you change the size substantially.
The simplest possible way to do this particular
step, if you're looking for ways to save time, is to grab a copy
of your company's logo, resize that logo to a 127 by 127 pixel
square, and then save the image as "i_logo.gif"
in the MailMan directory. Just overwrite our logo file. That way
you don't have to modify any templates at all, you don't have
to change any size specifications, you don't have to modify any
image "src" tags, nothing.
MailMan will just pick up your image and run with it.
Step 3: Mess with the style sheet
The quick customization templates are designed around a single
style sheet file so that you can modify the appearance of the
entire application by modifying that one file and nothing else.
Just crack open the "s_style.css" file in your favorite
text editor or web authoring tool and have fun. If you don't know
anything about CSS then don't worry, it isn't that hard. The color
specifications in the CSS file are in the same format that you're
used to using with HTML, and the font specifications are similar.
If you need any help with anything then just let
us know and we'll be happy to help out.
That's it, you're done, and that last step was even
optional. Even people with no web development experience can customize
a MailMan installation in minutes.