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Offline sense

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sending email to 4000 members via SMF
« on: December 09, 2008, 03:57:04 PM »
Hi

I'm running a SMF site with 4000 users. I'm on a shared hosting. when I try to email to my users via SMF, it causes server to give an error and I have also got complaints from my host.

most shared hosting accounts come with a 500 email/hour restriction. is there a way to bypass this limit without causing a high server load ?

I don't earn a lot to pay for VPS.

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Re: sending email to 4000 members via SMF
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2008, 09:17:20 PM »
A few possibilities:

1) upgrade to SMF 2.0. It supposedly has email send-rate throttling (check the documentation first).

2) export your address to list as a CSV file and use a mailer like PHPlist, with send-rate throttling. Offhand, I don't know how to export the list, but it shouldn't be a major project (I don't think there's anything built-in to SMF).

3) hack the code to insert a time delay (sleep(7);) after each email is sent. I don't know what side-effects this will have, beyond freezing SMF for a few seconds after sending each email (will anyone but the account doing the mailing notice anything?).

Offline H

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Re: sending email to 4000 members via SMF
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2009, 01:33:48 PM »
sense, do you require any further assistance? :)

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2) export your address to list as a CSV file and use a mailer like PHPlist, with send-rate throttling. Offhand, I don't know how to export the list, but it shouldn't be a major project (I don't think there's anything built-in to SMF).

Indeed, you can't do this through SMF, however you can export the table with phpmyadmin and then delete the unneeded columns. What is phpMyAdmin?
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