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Custom Email Transport Methods?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Jaxel, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    So XenForo has these built in options for custom SMTP methods:

    1.jpeg

    I myself have been having problems lately with the sheer volume of emails that XenForo sends out. Often I get notices from my server complaining about local relay alerts because I am sending out a ton of emails and a queue has started to handle it all.

    So I've been looking at some third party SMTP processors such as Mandrill. My question would be, how easy is it to set up XenForo to use a Mandrill account? Is it as simple as setting up a Mandrill account, setting the SMTP information in the screenshot above, and then calling it a day?

    Or is it more complicated than that?

    BTW, I use Google Apps to handle incoming emails.
     
  2. oman

    oman Well-Known Member

    @xfrocks has created this add on which allows you to use Mandrill to send emails.

    http://xenforo.com/community/resources/bd-mails.2313/
     
  3. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

  4. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    I dont want to install a third-party addon, if I don't have to.
     
  5. akia

    akia Well-Known Member

    Yes its just as simple as setting the details up. I manually go through each month to deal with bounces so no need for a add on me at the moment.
     
  6. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    Do you use Mandrill? All you did was edit the email transport method? You didn't install any third party addons?
     
  7. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    You won't get bounce email processing without that add-on and 3rd party services are picky about bounced emails.
     
  8. Null

    Null Well-Known Member

    @Jaxel. I use Mandrill on one of my communities, it's as easy as specifying the SMTP details (Mandrill API Key) and a few minutes messing around on the Mandrill website.
     
  9. akia

    akia Well-Known Member

    Thats right as simple as that. Like I said I have to deal with the bounces manually, which I do once a month.
     
  10. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    I'm having issues setting it up in XF... Emails are not getting sent...

    I've added my website as a registered domain in the mandrill control panel, and set up the DKIM and SPF settings.
     
  11. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    Out of interest, how many? Here's mine for an indicative 24 hr period

    Code:
    Exim statistics from 2014-01-06 01:54:20 to 2014-01-07 01:46:54
    
    Grand total summary
    -------------------
                                                                      At least one address
      TOTAL               Volume   Messages Addresses     Hosts      Delayed       Failed
      Delivered           4893KB        800       800        75
    
    Deliveries by transport
    -----------------------
                          Volume    Messages
      remote_smtp         4893KB         800
    
    
    Deliveries per hour (each dot is 4 deliveries)
    ----------------------------------------------
    
    00-01      8 ..
    01-02     11 ..
    02-03      3
    03-04      2
    04-05      4 .
    05-06      7 .
    06-07      4 .
    07-08      8 ..
    08-09      1
    09-10     64 ................
    10-11    141 ...................................
    11-12    193 ................................................
    12-13     19 ....
    13-14     20 .....
    14-15     26 ......
    15-16     30 .......
    16-17     31 .......
    17-18     22 .....
    18-19     26 ......
    19-20     12 ...
    20-21     33 ........
    21-22     47 ...........
    22-23     71 .................
    23-24     17 ....
    
    Time spent on the queue: all messages
    -------------------------------------
    
    Under   1m      815  99.6%   99.6%
            5m        2   0.2%   99.9%
    Over    1d        1   0.1%  100.0%
     
  12. Claudio

    Claudio Well-Known Member

    Is really easy to configure Mandrill but it's too expensive compared with this service:
    http://sendy.co/

    Does anybody know more about Sendy?
     
  13. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    Jaxel, I used amazon SES for my drone site - works like a charm, and costs me next to nothing.
     
  14. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    Hmm... question... I already use Google Apps for my incoming email...

    Could I just use Google Apps as my SMTP provider?
     
  15. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    I think you can but it's limited in the number of emails. For the price of SES (I think it cost me $2 a month), it's more purpose-built.

    http://docs.joomla.org/How_do_I_use_Gmail_as_my_mail_server?
     
  16. Claudio

    Claudio Well-Known Member

    sendy uses an amazon SES too. Could you please give us more information about how you set it up?

    Thanks!
     
  17. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    I think Amazon tells you how, but here's mine....
    Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 9.54.34 PM.png
     
  18. dawg

    dawg Well-Known Member

  19. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Maybe because of this feature?
    2. Bounce Processing: users with bounced emails will be need to update their email address to get normal access.
    I think if you just use the SMTP setup function it will only do it on the mandrill end but this sets their forum account up to require a valid email address to be entered to continue participating in the forum.
     
  20. dawg

    dawg Well-Known Member

    Got it! And thanks!
     

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