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need advices before having VPS for PHPList...

Postby airelle » 7:48pm, Sun 20 Jul, 2014

Hello,

I will have to manage some newsletters for different musical bands and their fanbase. I'm thinking about PHPList to help me. I will rent a VPS to do this (among other things) but before, I would like to ask you for some advices about the best way to configure the technical details...

I intend to :
  • have one IP address for the SMTP server and another for my VPS with my professional website,
  • configure SPF & DKIM and add those details to my newsletters,
  • configure reverse DNS (PTR record),
  • manage and clean each group's fanbase (bounce, unsubscriptions...)
  • and, of course, obey to the CAN-SPAM act (unsubscribe link and so on).

Is that sufficient to be sure that my emails will not be classified as spam ? Or do you have some additional advices, some things to be aware of before I rent and configure a VPS for that usage ?

In particular, should I use my own SMTP server or prefer the PHP's mail() function ?

Thank you very much for your help !
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Re: need advices before having VPS for PHPList...

Postby mariofau2 » 9:35pm, Mon 21 Jul, 2014

Ask about using phplist in the VPS before buying.
Google the VPS provider for a week until you feel comfortable with it, beware of cheap prices (less than 5$ per month).
Make sure you get your own IP.
Ask how many emails per hour you can send.
Don't send thousands of emails in one hour. I'd begin slow, check the logs and then raise the limit. Maybe a pause of 0.5 seconds to begin with, so 1 800 emails in an hour. Better less.
Put a line in the footer of your site "emails in this list are private and are not shared with any third party" or something like that.
Don't send images as links, attach them to the emails, use the templates to create emails and upload rthe images and let phplist attach them.

That's all I can think of.
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Re: need advices before having VPS for PHPList...

Postby airelle » 7:47am, Wed 23 Jul, 2014

Thank you very much for your answer and your advices.
For the VPS provider, I'm a customer of that company for many years and I know the company ceo personally. The price of the VPS is (much) higher than 5$ a month...

Is there other things I should be aware of ?
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Re: need advices before having VPS for PHPList...

Postby mariofau2 » 1:45pm, Wed 23 Jul, 2014

Remember to backup the VPS and test the backups.
It can be just a list of programs installed and their config files or a backup of
the whole VPS.
The phplist database too.
The config file, the language file if you modified it.
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