When I send email from my dreamhost server using PHP's mail command, much of it gets blocked as spam. Netzero, aol, juno, hotmail, yahoo, and others all block my mail as spam. Occasionally some mails goes though for awhile, but eventually it's blocked again. It's a nightmare. I tried in vain to get my IP unblocked, but it's futile. This has been going on for many years for all my sites. I don't have any hope that DreamHost can really fix it with all the other users on my shared server sending spam, apparently. So, I need a more reliable smtp server to use. I was just about to set up Gmail (Google Apps) with my domain, as others have suggested on this forum. But now....
Google just dropped the free "standard" Google Apps for Business option! Darn! You can't use your own domain with the only free Gmail option that's left. For 10 users it will cost $500/year! I make no money off this particular site. I can't afford that! Maybe, hopefully, some day it will make some money, but it's best to assume it never will.
So, now what should I use?
I need to send maybe 1000 emails per day. It's not a "mailing list". It's not spam. These are alert emails that are sent in response to user activity, for account sign-up, password resets, etc. They are mostly sent from one email address, but I need several other email accounts for support and such.
Any ideas? Does Dreamhost have any options for me that would be significantly less than $50/year/user?