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What hosting server do you use with Sendy?
  • 194 Comments
  • Vote Up0Vote Down janpatrickjanpatrick
    Posts: 7Sendy user

    which one is cheaper and reliable? amazon EC2 or Digital ocean? I don't have much subscirbers yet.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down sendyhostsendyhost
    Posts: 7Sendy user

    Both are reliable, but it will depend on you ability to keep them updated and secure. Maybe Digital Ocean is cheaper on the long run but EC2 is free for one year, so... That is the main reason we founded sendyhost.com for people that do not want to worry about that stuff. :)

  • Vote Up0Vote Down ahmedkhanahmedkhan
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    I have recently install Sendy on Cloudways having DigitalOcean as my default server. You can use the same guide to install Sendy on cloud or VPS servers.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down nimonoginimonogi
    Posts: 4Sendy user

    I use a small SSD VPS Server from Brontobytes

  • Vote Up0Vote Down buzzablebuzzable
    Posts: 14Sendy user

    Dreamhost on a shared server. But I'm having some issues with cron :(

  • Vote Up0Vote Down buzzablebuzzable
    Posts: 14Sendy user

    Follow-up for dreamhost users: If sending is slow, you need to get a VPS for $15/month. Then follow their instructions to make a phprc file (http://wiki.dreamhost.com/PHP.ini) and use these settings:

    max_execution_time = 300

    max_input_time = -1

    memory_limit = 512M

    upload_max_filesize = 2M

    post_max_size = 2M

  • Vote Up0Vote Down buzzablebuzzable
    Posts: 14Sendy user

    Punted on dreamhost and moved to Digital Ocean.

  • I have recently moved my Sendy to hubuco.com. Works perfect 28mail/sec.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down chrisdr2chrisdr2
    Posts: 2Sendy user

    I am using Siteground - biggest problem I had was with Sitegrounds cron restriction - cron job can run just twice an hour!

    Rather than using an external cron for autoresponders.php, I opted to modify the code so that it could be run once and hour (on the hour) via cron. The below small change to autoresponders.php enables it to be run just once an hour and sends out all email scheduled within the previous hour. Basically, email can be delayed by up to 1 hour, but ok for me. My main use case for sendy is autoresponder for selling digital subscription from my site.

    //if join date matches autoresponder options

    $check_time = $time - $join_date_with_tc;

    /if($time == $join_date_with_tc)/

    if($check_time >= 1 && $check_time <= 3600) { //SEND EMAIL

  • Vote Up0Vote Down jcbhltzjcbhltz
    Posts: 2Sendy user

    Proxmox LXC container with ZFS as storage. It is extremely fast.

  • I have tested Digital Ocean 20$ and 40$ droplets also Amazon T2.Medium Ubuntu, T2.Micro AMI instance.

    Here are some result of test for 10,000 emails with Amazon AWS 200 emails/sec rate

    • Digital Ocean 20$ Droplets: - 15Min
    • Digital Ocean 40$ Droplets: - 15Min
    • Amazon Ubuntu T2.Medium instance - 7 Min
    • Amazon Linux Ami T2.Micro instance - 7Min.

    So here what i thinks, first Amazon Linux Ami t2.micro instance's sendy email sending speed is very fast since it is their own custom build system.

    To have same sending speed on Amazon Ubuntu, i had to use t2.Medium instance with 2cpu, 4Gb ram.

    For both Digital Ocean droplets, even their performances are different, i got same sending time, i checked CPU, RAM usage but it seems their CPU usage never gets higher then 50%.

    in conclusion, you could go with amazon t2.micro linux AMI instance with one year free plan, instead of paying 20$, 40$ each month and you will still get high sending rate.

    My actual sending rate max was 23 ( 10000 / (7 * 60) ) emails per second with AWS 200 per sec rate configured.

    For future maybe, we need to resolve how to use CPU at their maximum performance for burstable instance in order to approach same actual and permitted sending rate.

  • An addition to my post re: using bitnami lamp stack on amazon ec2 t2.micro size.

    I asked Amazon SES to increase my send rate from 20 to 50 per second and the t2.micro seems capable of keeping up with this rate towards SES and has definitely decreased the time it takes to send a campaign out.

    So EC2 t2.micro seems like a usesable cheap option for Sendy.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down bscottbscott
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    I'm using EC2 Free Tier with Docker and Caddy as the Web Server which includes free HTTPS

  • I am hosting Sendy on Digital Ocean Droplet managed by Cloudways. I am hosting one Wordpress blog, one Woocommerce site and Sendy on the same server. All these three apps are installed on 2GB DO server managed by cloudways. I pay $34 for the server.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down dukenetdukenet
    Posts: 2Sendy user

    I had a miserable time with the cronjob not working properly on an older DreamHost VPS. Per advice here, I upgraded to the latest $15/mo VPS server which for my needs, has more CPU, memory, and disk space than I could ever possibly use. The migration took about an hour or more (fully automated) and now Sendy behaves like a champ. Was able to send nearly 7,000 emails in an hour. Incredible!

  • You can consult the company on http://micraclouds.com/, Its one of the best for low price server and it gives you sendy installed.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down orjiveorjive
    Posts: 2Sendy user

    Hi @Ben, Please suggest a hosting for sending emails to 100K/day. Amazon EC2 or any other providers.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down soamzsoamz
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    Using www.jetcloud.in VPS and its super amazing.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down ramanraman
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    LINODE with Serverpilot

  • Vote Up0Vote Down 1611mac1611mac
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    inMotion VPS

  • We use Sendy on Amazon EC2 its great and we are using it from 3 Years, its great I tell you you should use it.

  • https://fastdot.com/ does the trick for me !

  • I'm using FastComet (https://www.fastcomet.com/) on a $6/mo plan. It's pretty good!

  • Vote Up0Vote Down glaive99glaive99
    Posts: 0Sendy user

    DigitalOcean, $5/month and very easy to set up with this tutorial: https://davekiss.com/create-your-own-mailchimp-clone-for-5-a-month-with-sendy/

  • Vote Up0Vote Down suumssuums
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    @glaive99 - Wow thanks for that, I'm reading up on it. Do you happen to have a tutorial for Amazon EC2? I so want to install it there but I'm blank on how to do it having been used to Siteground's Cpanel and File Manager!

  • Vote Up0Vote Down ddurkeeddurkee
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    Bluehost

  • Vote Up0Vote Down AlexJAlexJ
    Posts: 4Sendy user

    Latest Heroku installation instructions here: https://gist.github.com/lexjacobs/e447625dc856b1a21b125dbf821ad7d9

    I got this working on a free heroku instance today, with the help of the existing community documentation. I edited/updated the gist based on my installation experience

  • Vote Up0Vote Down AlexJAlexJ
    Posts: 4Sendy user

    Although I got sendy "working" on heroku, I don't think full functionality is possible due to heroku's 'ephemeral' filesystem. anything in /uploads may be destroyed upon dyno cycling. also, getting /uploads to remain set to 777 has been a non-trivial problem. I am looking into alternative server hosting now.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down AlexJAlexJ
    Posts: 4Sendy user

    I'm sorry for the multiple posts. Heroku was not a good match. I ended up with a working installation on DigitalOcean. I spent a few days recording and retesting my install notes and documented them all here: https://medium.com/@alexjacobs/installing-sendy-as-a-replacement-for-mailchimp-2019-update-the-complete-guide-with-automated-5a59c4bd7249 . The guide includes a DigitalOcean signup link that will give you $100 credit.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down MartineMartine
    Posts: 3Sendy user

    Has anybody here ever used Easy Sendy? They've gone down 4 times in the last 5 months. I'm looking for another Sendy hosted solution and I'm curious as to if anyone here has used them before. I keep getting excuses as to why they can't keep servers running.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down colcolcolcol
    Posts: 21Sendy user

    @Martine -- sorry, never used Easy Sendy and I don't have any Sendy hosted alternatives. You could always self host, after all Sendy was designed for self hosting. Probably cost you less in the long run going self hosted, and, once setup, the ongoing maintenance is not too much. Have a look at my guide a few posts earlier in this topic and see what you think. The instructions may seem daunting at first, but plough through and complete them, and you will feel a great sense of satisfaction at being able to wave goodbye to Easy Sendy etc. If you are a new AWS customer, your first 12 months of AWS usage should be trivial.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down humayunhumayun
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    I have a 160K list. Im using Sendy on a hostgatorr shared hosting package. After 24 hours its still trying to send to the entire list and has only got through about 8000 of the list. What would you recommend i use to ensure my emails are sent out within at least a 24 hour period.

    Thank

  • Vote Up0Vote Down colcolcolcol
    Posts: 21Sendy user

    @humayun -- you need your own dedicated server for that size of list. Lots of different hosts available -- AWS, Digital Ocean, Linode etc. Check out this topic from the start for ideas. Sendy uses AWS SES, so AWS is an obvious option (especially with the 12-month free tier for new customers). AWS SES default is 14 emails/sec, so 160k should be done in less than 4 hours. Have a look at my guide a few posts earlier in this topic for setting up Sendy on AWS. The instructions may seem daunting at first, but plough through and complete them, and you will feel a great sense of satisfaction at being able to wave goodbye to Hostgator and very slow sending!

  • Vote Up0Vote Down MartineMartine
    Posts: 3Sendy user

    Hi. I'm interested in knowing if anyone here has ever had an issue with their hosting provider in using Sendy to send out emails, in particular for affiliate marketing? I was using a Sendy Hosted solution, but now think I'm just going to self host it and I want to know if I'm going to have an issue, like a lot of people have had with other providers like Mailchimp, etc. where they want to shut down your account, if you don't fit into their box.

    Has anyone here ever had their server terminated from using Sendy? And are there any hosting services that have a "one-click install" for Sendy, like a lot of hosting companies have a "one-click install" for Wordpress?

  • Vote Up0Vote Down MartineMartine
    Posts: 3Sendy user

    Is anyone here actually still using Digital Ocean? I was going to set up something with them today, but then I started doing some research online and they have horrible reviews. Seems like their servers keep going down, bad customer service, etc.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down colcolcolcol
    Posts: 21Sendy user

    @Martine -- email content issues depend on the email sending service.

    For example, AWS SES has this Best Practice guide: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/ses/latest/DeveloperGuide/best-practices.html The guide does not mention affiliate marketing specifically. I get the impression AWS will not interfere with your sending as long as you are sending proper content to people who have actively signed up for your emails. MailChimp I think study your emails in more detail and are more likely to raise issues.

    One-click Sendy installs? Sendy was designed for self hosting, so demand for a Sendy hosting service may not be great. Which is perhaps why EasySendy hosting now appears to be focusing on a more comprehensive mail service and not perhaps on your needs :-( Also, I dare say Sendy Ben has already considered a Sendy hosting service -- and the fact that he has not set one up suggests somebody else will have a hard time to make it viable.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down colcolcolcol
    Posts: 21Sendy user

    "One-click Sendy installs? Sendy was designed for self hosting"

    Maybe an install script could be developed that sets up Sendy, MySQL, Lets Encrpyt etc along the lines of Discourse: https://github.com/discourse/discourse/blob/master/docs/INSTALL-cloud.md

  • Vote Up0Vote Down jeffdewijsjeffdewijs
    Posts: 1Sendy user

    siteground for hosting, and configured a raspberrypi to handle the cronjobs - works great.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down tierpinhotierpinho
    Posts: 13Sendy user

    DigitalOcean. Relatedly, please support Nginx!

  • Vote Up0Vote Down GlobeadminGlobeadmin
    Posts: 3Sendy user

    HostGator with Amazon SES. just over 300k a month at about $25--

  • I am using Sendybay for hosting. Works well so far.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down AlbAlb
    Posts: 4Sendy user

    I'm using Kinsta.com It's supposed to be a Wordpress only host, but Sendy is working perfectly on it.

  • Vote Up0Vote Down AlexJAlexJ
    Posts: 4Sendy user

    I just rewrote/retested my installation guide on DigitalOcean for Sendy v4. Documented here: https://medium.com/@alexjacobs/installing-sendy-as-a-replacement-for-mailchimp-2019-version-4-update-the-complete-guide-with-a9358bbb2399 . The guide includes a DigitalOcean signup link that will give you $100 credit.