If you look for a simple, inexpensive and solid newsletter service, I can recommend Sendy - it’s a self-hosted (PHP and MySQL) system using Amazon SES to deliver emails.
It costs $59 for a license + a few dollars monthly for SES deliveries, in my case it’s 20x cheaper that MailChimp or GetResponse.
I didn’t find any clear end-to-end instructions how to install Sendy, so I’ve prepared my own Docker-Sendy configuration which will get you a running Sendy instance in few easy steps.
Sendy files and license number
Server - create a t2.micro instance on AWS (free for 12 months since signup) or prepare other small machine (512MB of RAM is enough) with Ubuntu Server 16.04
Domain address - set a DNS record pointing to your server’s IP address
SSL - prepare certificate files for your domain
Install Docker and Docker-Compose
- Install Docker and grant non-sudo Docker access for your user (steps 1 & 2):
- Install Docker-Compose (step 1):
Install Sendy as a Docker container
Clone my Docker-Compose configuration in home directory:
git clone https://github.com/marcinbiegun/docker-sendy.git
Upload your SSL ceriticate files as
~/docker-sendy/docker/docker-compose.ymland set MySQL passwords at the end of the file
~/docker-sendy/docker/server.confchange value of
server_nameto your domain name
Copy Sendy files inside
APP_PATHto your site URL
$dbPassto the password you’ve set in
chmod 777 ~/docker-sendy/public_html/uploads
docker-compose buildto build the containers, then start the app with
- Setup cron. Find the PHP container’s name by running
docker-compose ps, it will be named like
crontab -eand add this line:
* * * * * docker exec docker_php_1 php /code/public_html/scheduled.php
At this point Sendy should be up and running under your domain address. Open it, finish the setup inside Sendy installer (connect Amazon SAS account, etc.).
Done! You can send your first newsletter.