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How to Configure AcyMailing with ElasticEmail

Author // Tessa Mero Categories // Tutorials

Using an email relay server can save you from being labeled as a spammer. Using ElasticEmail is very affordable SMTP relay service to send bulk mail.

How to Configure AcyMailing with ElasticEmail

 

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Does your email server give you a daily limit on the amount of emails that you need to send? With the ElasticEmail service you are able to send as many emails as you'd like with the pay as you go prices. Luckily there is a special with Acymailing where the first 5000 emails are free.

In this tutorial we will show you how to configure your AcyMailing to send mails through the ElasticEmail server.

1. Create Account at ElasticEmail Website

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In order to get started, you need to create an ElasticEmail account here.

You will then receive an email to activate your account from registering.

 

2. Copy your API Key

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  1. Click on Account Menu at top corner.
  2. Click on Account tab.
  3. Scroll down to SMTP/API Configuration and "copy" the API Key.

 

3. Configure Advanced Options

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While on the same page, click on "Advanced Options".

 

4. Sending Options

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  1. Uncheck "Track Opens"
  2. Uncheck "Track Clicks"
  3. Uncheck "Use List-Unsubscribe

Be sure that all fields are unchecked unless you are familiar with what you are changing.

 

5. Bounce Options

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Check "Return Bounces".

If you have an email address configured for bounceback emails, input it in the text field.

 

6. Add Domain

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  1. Click on "Add Domain"
  2. Enter your domain address
  3. Click "Save"

 

7. Verify Domain

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Click on "Verify" to verify your domain address.

 

8. Domain Validation

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Add a TXT record to your DNS Settings. You can find more information on it here.

When everything is good, you can click on "Verify" again and make sure everything has cleared up.

 

9. Go to AcyMailing -> Configuration

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  1. Go to your Joomla! site administration panel
  2. Go to Components -> AcyMailing -. Configurations
  3. Scroll down to "Mail Configuration" section
  4. Click on "Elastic Email" button

 

10. Enter your ElasticEmail API Key

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  1. Enter your username, which should be the email you registered with.
  2. Enter your API Key which can be found in your "Account" area from the ElasticEmail website.

 

Congratulations! You now have AcyMailing configured with ElasticEmails. Now create your first test Newsletter and watch it work magic!

About the Author

Tessa Mero

Tessa Mero

Tessa is a web application developer for Natural Selection Web Design and a Developer Evangelist for Cisco. She's also involved with contributing to the Joomla! project on the Production Leadership Team.

Her previous experience includes working over 3 years for a large snow sports company building web applications for their manufacturing needs, helping them with communication between different engineer departments in multiple locations around the world. The also was a college instructor, teaching web application development courses.

As a hobby, she enjoys snowboarding, playing the clarinet, traveling (visited numerous countries in the last year), going to arcade centers (I have 2 young children), playing video games on the PS4, and going to Joomla/PHP conferences and meetups.

She is the organizer of the Seattle Joomla Meetup and the organizer for the Seattle PHP Meetup and has an addiction to learning new things.

Her end goal in life is to play video games full time when she retires.

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