As per the multitude of discussions on the forums about the email limits imposed by dreamhost, and the lack of other alternatives offered by dreamhost I am curious as to others’ experiences & recommendations for 3rd party alternatives.
More importantly than limits & policies (we WOULD comply with the strict requirements DH has if there was any point), is the fact that mail sent from dreamhost mailservers is consistently more likely to be flagged as spam than mail from our other hosts. As such we currently still pay for full hosting somewhere else (expensive) just for the quality of its SMTP service.
** Although I’m interested in anyone’s experiences, my context is one of a non-profit society communicating with paid members for which we have suitable approval but who will unlikely every go online to go through a convoluted multi-step opt-in confirmation. We also have quantity (300+ mails a day by staff members and 10k mail shots) and quality (customers are rarely web savvy enough to tweak a junk filter like spamassassin so we have to do our best to make mail appear like the legitimate mail that it is)
So, some options we are exploring:
Paid SMTP services / guaranteed mail services?
Any of these cost effective for general non-sales related communication? The ones we have seen cost upwards of 15c per message! This is justifiable if we were selling something, but for regular communication is a killer.
Keep paying $40 or so a month for our old host just for their SMTP service (no limits, no ‘inflexible’ policies, ‘clean’ mailserver (no blacklistings) for over 5 years!) (Or just drop DH & go back to them - despite cost & poor control panel)
Get a dedicated server on which we can run our own SMTP server & maintain it. Anyone doing this? Have any comments on firms that manage such machines with smtp running on the same machine as the web server?
Pay for a fixed IP with our ISP and just have an utgoing mail server sit on our network?
Ideas/thoughts/recommendations/horror stories are most, most welcome - I’m sure there are many otherwise happy DH’ers (who arent on the Blingy cluster that are suffering similar email woes.
Thanks & Regards,