This is Part 2 of the Sending Email using SMTP with Advanced Features series. The first series went over how to add multiple attachments to an email message for someone to download when they view your email. I suggest you check that article out at this web link. Also for the basics of sending Smtp emails you really should check out the article here.
This article will show how to send your email message with Alternative Views. For instance, you can send an HTML based email message and also include a Plain Text Only version in the same email. This can help ensure that the recipient(s) can view your email in case the email provider or client software only supports Text based emails and so on. All you need to do is make your html based message and the plain text only message, then add those views to the email message using the AlternateView class.
Note: I do want to mention that these series of articles only work with Visual Basic 2005, VB 2008, Visual Basic 2010 and Higher since I am using the class libraries under the System.NET.Mail namespace, which wasn’t added until .NET Framework 2.0 and higher which of course includes version 3.5, DotNet 4.0, and newer.
First of all to get started you will want an instance of a couple classes. I am using the same gmail based codes I used in the first advanced article for this series.