Email a Friend

The Email a Friend link makes it easy for your customers to share links to products with their
friends. In the Magento demo store, the Email a Friend link appears as an envelope icon. The
automated message that is sent from your store is referred to as transactional email1. The
message template can be customized for your voice and brand. To prevent spamming, you can
limit the number of recipients for each email, and the number of products that can be shared
over a one-hour period.

To configure email to a friend:

1. On the Admin menu, select System > Configuration. Then in the panel on the left under
Catalog, select Email to a Friend.
2. Click to expand the Email Templates section. Then, do the following:

a. Set Enabled to “Yes.”
b. Set Select Email Template to the template you want to use as the basis of the messages.
c. If you want to require that only registered customers can send email to friends, set Allow
for Guests to “No.”
d. In the Max Recipients field, enter the maximum number of friends who can be on the
distribution list for a single message.
e. In the Max Products Sent in One Hour field, enter the maximum number of products that
can be shared by a single user with friends over a one-hour time period.
f. Set Limit Sending By to one of the following methods to identify the sender of emails:
IP Address (Recommended) Identifies the sender by the IP address of
the computer that is used to send the emails.
Cookie (unsafe) Identifies the sender by browser cookie. This method is less
effective because the sender can delete the cookie to bypass
the limit.
3. When complete, click the Save Config button.

To send email to a friend:

1. On a catalog page, click the Email a Friend link. When prompted, either log into your
customer account or register to open an account.
2. Complete the Message and enter the recipient Name and Email Address.
To send the message to more than one person, click the Add Another Recipient link and
complete the information for each person.
3. When ready to send the message, click the Send Email button.

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