Got the following great news from Apple in my email today:
If you missed my original Sendy review check it out: Cheaper, Affordable Mailchimp Alternative
After researching many different options I’ve come to the conclusion that Hosthese has the best plan for hosting Sendy. They have created a custom-tailored solution just for Sendy that is ready to deploy and up-to-date with the latest version of Sendy with all server cron jobs and settings in place.
Two main criterion while I was researching hosting options:
1. Cost – The cost of hosting should be minimal. Hosthese delivers in this regard spectacularly – hosting cost for the year is on par or cheaper than most hosting options for any sort of online system.
2. Technical Capability – With Hosthese’s sendy hosting there is almost no technical knowledge needed other than adding a CNAME record for your domain to point to their servers. There are many guides online to help with this quite easy step.
- First name
- Last name
- Contact email address
- Telephone number
- Website address (optional)
- Link to your opt-in page (optional)
- Link to your opt-out policy (optional)
- Email message type: Marketing, Transactional, Subscription, and/or System Notifications
- Anticipated maximum daily sending volume
- Use case detail
Mailchimp is great, but more than a significant amount of subscribers and you’re going to go broke. Today I’m going to show you how to make your own service to send newsletters as a much cheaper alternative to Mailchimp using Sendy. The best part is, you can do this even if you don’t know programming or are technical!
How is it so cheap? The system we will be using to send emails will be Amazon’s robust SES service to send out emails for a per email cost. It is important to note that while Mailchimp and similar services (ex. Aweber, ConstantContact, etc) may offer unlimited emails per month, most people will not need to send out too many emails per month. It’s worth running the analysis below for your own variable and determining whether Sendy is cost-effective for you – in most situations it will be.
Sendy has a great widget to play with on their site to determine how much you’ll save but I’ll do a quick breakdown below.
Sendy – Sendy Software ($59) + Hosting/Set-Up ($130 yearly though can vary) + Amazon SES ($0.0001 per email)
Mailchimp – 2 main pricing models:
1. Monthly – Subscriber based (Subscribers/Monthly Cost):
(Note: for under 2,500 subscribers Mailchimp also has a free plan)
2. Pay As You Go
Lets calculate a hypothetical scenario: I have S subscribers in my list I send a newsletter to every week for a year. I’ll include the initial Sendy software cost ($59) – note though that this is only a one-time cost.
For S = 5,000 subscribers
Sendy setup: $59 + $130 + (5000 subscribers * 52 weeks * $0.0001 per email) = $215
Mailchimp: $50 * 12 months = $600
For S = 10,000 subscribers:
Sendy setup: $59 + $130 + (10,000 subscribers * 52 weeks * $0.0001 per email) = $241
Mailchimp: $75 * 12 months = $900
Update: New post is now live: Sendy Hosting & Advanced Set-up