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Setting up Sendy

Installing Sendy is a pretty simple process. Upload the files, create a database, set a few settings and the rest are a matter of clicking around your Amazon Web Services console. The instructions are described in the following easy to follow steps.

If you require installation service, we do provide it for only $79. Simply reply the license email sent to you after purchase.

Step 1. config.php

  1. Open the file → includes/config.php in any text or code editor
  2. In the file you've just opened, set the APP_PATH (the URL to where you're going to upload Sendy) and MySQL credentials

    Beginner Tip: If you've never created a MySQL database & user before, follow this easy to follow video tutorial or this step by step guide on doing so in cPanel. If your host does not use cPanel, refer to your host's documentation on creating a MySQL database & user.

Step 2: Upload Sendy

Upload Sendy to your server.

Beginner Tip: You can use an FTP app like Cyberduck or the 'File manager' in your hosting control panel to upload Sendy.

Step 3. Set file permissions of uploads folder

Image, attachment and CSV uploads requires the /uploads/ folder's permission to be set to 777.

Step 4. Install Sendy

  1. Visit your Sendy installation. For example, if you uploaded Sendy to, visit this link to install.

    Note: If your installation page fails to load, visit http://your_sendy_installation_url/_compatibility.php?i=1 to see which extensions are not installed on your server and request your host to install it.

  2. Your License key is included in the email sent to you after you made your purchase.
  3. You'll be asked to specify your Email and Password. These will be your login credentials for Sendy.
  4. You can fill in your AWS Access Key ID and AWS Secret Access Key later if you have not signed up for Amazon Web Services yet (we'll cover this in the next step).
  5. Click the Install now button to proceed.

Step 5. Sign up for Amazon Web Services (AWS) & create IAM Credentials

  1. Sign up for an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account if you don't have one. Select "I am a new user" in the form to sign up.

  2. Once signed up, you're ready to hook up Sendy with your AWS account. To do so, you'd need to create a pair of 'IAM Credentials' for your Sendy installation. Start by visiting your Amazon IAM console, then follow the instructions in the video below:

  3. Once you've created your IAM credentials, copy and paste them into the installation page or your Sendy settings. Sendy will now have access to send your emails via Amazon SES as well as setup bounces and complaints handling with Amazon SNS.
  4. Finally, you'll need to request Amazon to increase your SES Sending Limits to get your Amazon SES account out of "sandbox mode". You'll then be able to send to and from any email address as well as raise your daily sending limits from 200 per day to any number you need.

Enjoy Sendy! What's next?

Congratulations! You're all set up.

Log in to your Sendy installation and start adding your first Brand. What are brands? Let's just say you own this company called Apple Inc and you have several products under it eg. Mac, iPhone, iPad etc. These several "child" products are what we refer to as 'brands'. With brands, you can also setup accounts for each of your clients. Optionally send them a password to login and send newsletters on their own at a price you set.

Have fun!

Note: Looking for Step 6, 7 and 8? They are no longer necessary in the latest version. Just update your Sendy installation to the latest →

Troubleshooting & Support

Please visit the troubleshooting page for help information as well as quick answers to common issues.

Sendy API

View Sendy's API documentation, download example scripts and browse third party resources & integrations.

Translate Sendy

View our documentation on how to translate Sendy into your own language.

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