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SparkPost is great, but the UI is a little lacking, but as far as sending is concerned, it works great. My company also just developed and extension for processing bounces from SparkPosts in Civi. https://github.com/proexchange/com.pesc.sparkpost


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I was asked to post a roundup of a variety of alternatives--the writeup is here: https://civicrm.org/blog/andrewhunt/alternatives-to-mandrill Tommy also suggested I build a calculator to compare costs. [edit follows] We also have some clients using SendGrid, which has worked fairly nicely. An extension by IMBA is available on GitHub (mentioned in the blog ...


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you can send via SMTP, so without any extension. However, you will not handle events about bounces, so civicrm will not be able to update the contact to flag that the email is invalid. So you will keep sending emails to the same invalid email, how mandrill will handle that (eg blacklist these emails, invoicing them as sent... up to ban you) is based on how ...


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I've been doing some testing with the last release of the Mandrill Emails Extension and it's looking pretty quick and simple with the new version to do both transactional and bulk mailing (CiviMail) through Mandrill. Basically you install it, plug in your Login/API credentials (Administer > System Settings > Mandrill Smtp Settings), and indicate one or both ...


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JMA will be releasing a version of the extension that works with 4.7 in the first week of February. Sorry for the inconvenience.


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We are using mailjet and it works fine, but they are VERY cautious (eg. they threatened to block us because our spam rate came around 0.08% in three separate mailings, where we are normally < 0.01%) . The main reason we use mailjet is that it's based in the EU, so for privacy reason and with the problems around the safe harbour agreement, we preferred ...


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This conversation has been taking place on the CiviCRM Partners' list in the past week. Fortunately, some folks from the list created a wiki page to track the best options, which is available here: Mailing Providers. I like Amazon SES, which termdark referenced (I'm the author of that documentation they linked). However, CiviCRM partners with much larger ...


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Amazon SES is a suitable replacement for those on a budget. There's some useful documentation on getting it set up with CiviCRM at: https://hq.palantetech.coop/projects/commons/wiki/Amazon_SES_for_CiviCRM I'd advise you to set up the Postix server as SES lacks much of the more useful functionality of Mandrill.


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Update: Mandrill has introduced this language in their Terms of Service: If you use Mandrill to send bulk emails, in violation of our Acceptable Use Policy, then we may charge you at the comparable MailChimp pricing tier or terminate your account. See Blog Post: Alternatives to Mandrill ---- Previous Answer ---- I've communicated with MailChimp and I'm ...


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The Mandrill extension was not designed to support multiple sites. It is a reasonable use case to enhance it to support dev and prod instances of the same site. @Chris Burgess workarounds are likely best approach in absence of funding to do this. Without reviewing Mandrill docs etc I think the approach needed is to figure out somehow whether the ...


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It sounds like what you want is to switch your dev environment to use Mandrill's Test Mode? You can then make your site environment aware to switch the Mandrill account details each time you refresh data on your dev environment, preventing live webhooks from affecting dev environment and vice versa. Mandrill's test mode is API key specific; on your dev ...


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If you must use the same account on both environments, Drupal/CiviCRM hooks could potentially support this? (All of this answer is likely more work than just using the provider's supported test mode, though!) You can pick any hook that fires before Mte.callback gets fired, and trigger rejection / invalidation based on any of the incoming data including the ...


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A good alternative is SendinBlue, because they offer a free plan allowing you to send up to 9k emails/month forever. And the same account can be used to send both transactional emails and newsletters. Plus they have some interesting plugins (WP, PrestaShop,..)


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We use sendgrid, simple to setup for the entire server. It is free if you have less than 12,000 emails a month. We are moving to 4.7 the sendgrid extension does not support it yet.


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SparkPost has pretty amazing pricing and is apparently the only alternative Mandrill refer to. Anyone have experience with them?


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That is disappointing news from Mandrill! I have set up a Mailgun account and done some testing, and the SMTP functionality seems to work fine. I haven't tested this extension (found with a Google search, I don't know anything else about it): https://github.com/teamsinger/uk.teamsinger.civicrm.mailgun "Mailgun bounce processing for CiviCRM"


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You are using an unreleased version where you can expect a few bugs. So I guess you ran into one. You would help the developers if you add this bug to the issue tracking system of CiviCRM at https://issues.civicrm.org


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The first thing to check is that both the MTE extension and Mandrill are properly configured. For instance, are soft bounces configured to be returned to CiviCRM? See here for instructions on configuration: https://github.com/JMAConsulting/biz.jmaconsulting.mte I believe bounces are passed on to CiviCRM's standard bounce processing. You may need to check ...


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There were a lot of people at CiviCon Denver at the dev ops session using Mandrill for bulk email. I'm not one of them so don't have a config to share, but can confirm that some very experienced providers use it. It was more popular than CiviSMTP or Amazon SES. The only one I recall specifically is CiviDesk, who praised the ability to use sub accounts to ...


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Could this bug be your issue: https://github.com/JMAConsulting/biz.jmaconsulting.mte/issues/93


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This is a known bug in CiviCRM 4.6.3, you need to upgrade to 4.6.4+: https://issues.civicrm.org/jira/browse/CRM-16590


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You can control which extensions are displayed by overriding $civicrm_setting['Extension Preferences']['ext_repo_url'] try something like $civicrm_setting['Extension Preferences']['ext_repo_url'] = 'http://civicrm.org/extdir/ver={ver}|cms={uf}|status='; obviously be careful that you install things that are compatible.


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