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How would you recommend mass emails for large databases?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Phases, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. Phases

    Phases Active Member

    Just looking for feedback on how Xenforo might handle emailing large number of users, or if it might be recommended to move to an outside system for say, 500k, 1 million, or 1.5m emails.

    Would we be more limited by our server/php than we would XF itself? Anyone have any experience at this scale?

    Appreciate any insight :)
  2. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I might wait for this ...

    dotpro and Phases like this.
  3. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    If you're emailing that many users, integrate Sendy with XF instead. XF is not a mailing program, and that many emails would cost far too much through many online emailers. Sendy via Amazon SES... extremely cheap bulk email with complete professional control and statistics.
  4. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    SendGrid.com is pretty awesome too :)
  5. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    You reckon?

    Send grid - 1,000,000 emails per month = $500+ per month.

    Sendy via Amazon SES - 1,000,000 emails per month = $100 per month.

    Not even close IMHO. 12 months (Sendgrid $6,000) (Sendy $1,200).
    Mouth likes this.
  6. Xon

    Xon Well-Known Member

    Provided you have some basic Linux system administration skills, a $5 per month VM from digital ocean could be a very cheap solution.

    Provided you aren't sending absolutely spammy material, the hard part of running a mail server is being backlisted due to compromised accounts. Just sending email without needing to worry about handling email receiving is the easy part.
  7. Nuno

    Nuno Active Member

    SendGrid Lite Plan is $0,10 per 1k... same price as SES.
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  8. Phases

    Phases Active Member

    Appreciate the replies everyone!
  9. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    True... missed that. Compared to Amazon you lose: The Lite plan excludes the following features: advanced reporting and analytics, Event Webhook, Parse Webhook, Subuser API, DKIM customization, dedicated IPs, IP whitelabeling, IP warm up, feedback loops, Marketing Campaigns.

    Sendy has all this, one time fee to own it on your server and SES covers the IP requirements to ensure 99.9% throughput.

    So you are correct, you can do it for the same price through Sendgrid, just without all the important stuff that you can do with Sendy + SES.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2016
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  10. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    I second the use of sendy.co - I use it myself and been very happy with it. The costs are very low with SES and sendy is pretty solid.

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