Forum CEO HispanicSlammer Posted March 17, 2020 Forum CEO Share Posted March 17, 2020 Last year I was getting complaints that people were not getting the email notifications they subscribed to for followed topics, they were not getting notified of private messages, and new members never received the validation email so they could not register. I studied the problem and tested the email system. Turns out the email server software I was using did not have email validation so VFRD emails were going strait to the spam box or being blocked completely. To fix this I started using sparkpost email validation, It worked for the last year. However now they shrunk the size of free emails to 500 a month, and to upgrade it was another $14 bucks a month just to send emails? I thought to myself is vfrd really sending out that many emails? so I poured thru the logs to see if somehow the server got hacked...no it did not people really did have that many subscriptions. So when It reached 500 emails poof cut off! So I was back to my original problem. A few months back I rebuilt the server completely to comply with the ever changing forum software, this time I used plesk server software instead of the old server software I had been using before, plesk is built for hosting several sites and is very powerful but its alot of architecture and runs a bit slower, however it has a nice email platform, that "low and behold" has email validation built into it. So I spent most the night trying to get this plesk email thing to work, cause it just would not work...finally success its sending emails and they are not being bounced....so far! I also started sending out a weekly newsletter with current topics, classifieds, downloads, and of course the featured bike of the day. Why not? Maybe some long time users who have not been on for a while might see something interesting and come back and rejoin our community. As usual VFRD is a member supported website with no commercial advertising. I hope this improves email thruput and people get the notifications they need now. I hope the newsletter is useful too, still polishing up that part of my work. let me know your thoughts on the newsletter, too many too little hate it dont hate it, I need to put in unsubsribe links but as of now its not working, I am not sure why that part is not working, its just prints out "unsubscribe" and no stinking link? Work continues. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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