Bulk email?


#1

is there anything like “bulk e-mail?” how is it done?


#2

I dont get it, do u want to send bulk email or what


#3

yea, bulk e-mail


#4

Just use the PHP mail function to loop through the number or mails u want to send to or use a mail library like phpMailer (http://phpmailer.worxware.com/). There are a couple of things to bear in mind though

  1. Shared hosts limit the number of mails u can send/day or /hr. I use to run on one that allows up to 800 mails/hr.
  2. If not well designed, your mail may end up in the receiver’s spam box.
    By the way, you may want to check out Amazon Simple Email (http://aws.amazon.com/ses/). Allows you send up to 2000mails/day for free.

#5

I have a much better version I use, which can handle huge mailing lists. it’s called Swift mailer and it’s surprisingly easy to use. Have a look at http://swiftmailer.org/.


#6

@tallgal
The truth is, PHPMailer is easier to use compare to SwiftMailer.
If u are conversant with OOP you will enjoy PHPmailer


#7

I’ll have a look.


#8

Setting up an email system that can do over 1000 emails is a real pain. Outsourcing this task is better. You might consider using a service like SendGrid (http://sendgrid.com/) or the Amazon Simple Email Service (http://aws.amazon.com/ses/). These services have simple APIs you can use to send “bulk email”.


#9

@takinbo - Thanks for the info on sendGrid…am tryin to see it pricing advantage over AWS that am used to. http://mailchimp.com too is good