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Two Sparkpost extensions for Civimail have been released/updated in the last couple of days.

  1. https://github.com/cividesk/com.cividesk.email.sparkpost
  2. https://github.com/proexchange/com.pesc.sparkpost

    Has anyone compared them to see which works best?

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I've used them both. CiviDesk's version wins hands down on ease of installation as you just install and plug in your API from SparkPost. Also if I understand it, sending via the API is preferred.

PESC's version requires installation, update SMTP settings with those provided by SparkPost, and then configuring a Scheduled Job with API and other configuration settings.

One issue I am noticing on a site with CiviDesk's module is a high bounce rate reported in CiviCRM (bounces of type "Syntax") which are not actual bounces in SparkPost - but I may not have had the latest version. Testing now.

  • I am also currently experiencing the high "bounce" rate for "syntax" with the cividesk extension - but I was not able to get bulk mail sending out using the pesc extension (transactional mail not through civiMail was fine), not sure what I had misconfigured but it did seem more difficult. – Eli Lisseck Apr 14 '16 at 19:31
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I had trouble with the com.pesc extension but the Cividesk worked "out of the box" on Drupal. I'm testing over the weekend and will post feedback.

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Curious to know if anyone has any updates to their experience with both. I plan to install now. Will share my experience too.

  • I used the com.pesc and it worked, no problems. Instructions were complete and easy to follow. I selected this plugin because of the reports of high bounce rate with the other option. – Nina Gonzalez Jul 14 '16 at 15:33
  • I have just installed the CiviDesk extension on 4.7 with Wordpress. It worked out of the box, and finally now CiviCRM Mailings are working! Great Job CiviDesk folks! Thanks alot. – Alain Schaefer Aug 27 '16 at 1:25
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I guess your mileage may vary. I tried the cividesk extension first and could not get it to work despite many tries. Then I switched to the pesc extension and found that it works perfectly. The setup on the pesc version is a little more involved, but it is not that difficult.

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Both extensions worked for me for CiviMail and Transactional Mail. PESC worked a bit better but more configuration required. CiviDesk was not processing bounce backs for me. Once I configured PESC it was getting the Bounces back. If you use the PESC extension remember to remove the - optional and - required from the API Bounce configuration once you had included your API key in the scheduled jobs.

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