I've created a custom subscription center that pulls fields from a DE and then searches for the associated lists in regards to the subscriber who's on the profile center.

My question is how I make these lists work like publication lists, I want to be able to add people to these lists when I send from a UI?

  • Is your subscription center adding/removing subscribers on these lists? What data is in the DE? Would you mind updating your question with a bit more detail? May 13, 2015 at 18:12
  • Yes it is adding/removing subscribers from the lists, the problem is when it comes to actually sending to emails. Normally through a UI you can add a publication list on top of a DE, but you can't add normal lists to the UI.
    – Shane
    May 13, 2015 at 19:35
  • In regards to the DE I created the dE to host the fields I want to display on the profile center, which you can see in this code. help.exacttarget.com/en-US/technical_library/web_service_guide/… @KellyJAndrews
    – Shane
    May 13, 2015 at 19:42

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If you are properly updating list membership using the SubscriberList object (as demonstrated in the code sample referenced in your comment), then the list is basically the same Publication List.

You can select Lists in UI Send Definitions.

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  • Yup I am using that code sample, although that puts the users onto a normal list and not a publication list. If you try to move a DE over you will notice that a gray bar pops up under the heading "Targeted" on the right side. This essentially lets you use DE's while adding these people to the publication list.
    – Shane
    May 21, 2015 at 13:01
  • Right. Lists and Publication Lists are handled the same in the API -- they're both List Objects, so if you're primarily sending to DEs then you'll want to also utilize Publication Lists to ensure Subscriber status is handled properly, especially Unsub Events. May 21, 2015 at 13:34

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