$handle = fopen("$sendy_url/subscribe/$sendy_email/$sendy_list/".str_replace(' ', '%20', $sendy_name).'/true', "r");`).
In theory, anyone who knows you are using Sendy (I'll assume looking at the headers in the emails sent would reveal that) could subscribe/unsubscribe any email address and possibly wreak havoc. You should secure that somehow: either an authorization scheme or a secret or SOMETHING.
+ You don't really want to tout yourself as the low-cost-option. You have nowhere to go but down.
"I could switch from A to B and save $100 a month". Each human being in your startup costs $5000 - $10,000 a month in salary excl. benefits. Saving $150 a month on mailchimp is chump change.
Yes Amazon SES is way cheaper, but it does not mean it's of lesser quality than other more expensive services. Deliverability rates are comparable and at times, higher when compared against Campaign Monitor in our tests when building Sendy.
We see high potential in SES, such great quality at such low price. The only drawback is there is no UI for newsletter campaigns. So we built it and hopefully the general public who'd like to send newsletters but aren't too technically inclined (or are too busy to figure) can take advantage of Amazon SES through Sendy.
The only reason why it's a one time fee of $40 is because it's self hosted.
Really? That's your question? And by "cheaper" it is meant "99.0%-99.5% cheaper"?
On hacker news, people seem to care about pinching pennies on marketing emails, but in the real world where people have real businesses that make real money, the cheapest is not going to win the fight.
There a bunch of open source self-hosted newsletter systems doing well (oh, and they're mostly subpar). I like the direction in which sendy is heading and with the amazon ses edge to it, its a great great idea. If sendy would throw in a few more features like multi-user login and access control, I'll make the switch and will convince a few of my clients too.
Oh, tell that to envato. Most companies don't have deep pockets and unlimited budgets.
 http://graphicriver.net/ http://photodune.net/ People seem to buy stuff there even though istcokphoto exists.
I guess it depends what type of newsletter you're sending out, but pricing is hardly the reason I would pick one solution over another when it comes to sending out emails. The features and deliverability that someone like MailChimp provides is really invaluable if your newsletter is an important part of your business.
That being said, I always like the idea of a self-hosted solution as an option in any segment and I'm sure there is a market for something exactly like this.
We switched to sendgrid for our newsletters even though their interface is not as nice. Their pay-per-delivery pricing fit our model much better than the pay-per-subscriber.
If I buy it, are updates included? Do you have a demo we can play with? Can we send multipart emails?
The real value I have seen is in managing the world beyond deliverability, especially in composition and content creation, design, subscriber management, better workflows for editors/developers/designs, innovative data-friendly tools, and above all features that drive metrics.
I might be wrong but I thought Amazon SES was meant for transactional emails only. I browsed their FAQ and they never talk about email marketing. I don't think they will let you send multiple campaigns with an audience of more than 100.000 contacts.
> Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is a highly scalable and cost-effective bulk and transactional email-sending service for businesses and developers.
They don't have any UI though, which will make it hard for most email marketers.
The only bummer with SES for serious newsletter folks is that you can't get a dedicated IP address.
While it's true that ISPs and spam filters will take the reputation of neighboring IPs into account, surely having a dedicated IP insulates you from the actions of others better than sharing the exact same address as them.
I agree with the bottom line, though: use an ESP that has a low tolerance for shenanigans.
If the provider is responsive to spam, you've probably got more benefit from their IP block being considered very safe than you'd get from a dedicated IP, and having a dedicated IP doesn't protect you from your ISP's entire range getting flagged if someone else in it goes on a rampage.
ISPs are way more interested in maintaining relationships with ESPs that keep junk from getting to them in the first place than the ones that "quickly fix once the damage is done". It's one case where "asking for forgiveness" isn't preferred over the more careful approach.
SES is more like outsourcing sendmail on your own server so you don't carry the burden of maintaining/securing it, except that you don't have control over it when something goes wrong and you have the same lack of customer support if you don't know how to fix it. If you value your messages getting to the inbox, it's the least desirable option. For sending low-value emails, though, go nuts!
Lots of people has been requesting a demo, we'll definitely put this up.
And yes, free updates are included up to the next major version (just like desktop apps).
Any chance of a read-only demo to poke around in?
Can't reply below- but you can use Elastic MapReduce or an EC2 instance I can boot up when I want to send mail. The point I'm getting at, is if I need to keep another LAMP setup running 24/7 ($10/mo), I might as well just save myself the headache and spend the extra $10/mo to use MailChimp.