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Is trying to create my own Autoresponder series seem reasonable?

Discussion in 'General Programming Chat' started by Ghoro, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. Ghoro

    Ghoro Registered Member

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    Currently what I want to do is use a 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] party SMTP, going with Mandrill for now, and using the Mandrill API I want to wright my own Autoresponder series for my wordpress to run on my shared hosting. I would think the best way would be with cron jobs that run PHP scripts, but if there is a better way please let me know. Because I will be using Mandrills API, I believe it will handle the more complicated aspects like tracking opens, bounces, delivery, spam complaints, unsubscribes, just about any type of action and so on, I just need to call the API to get the information.

    After that just logically thinking about it seems like it would be pretty straightforward and won?t take a huge amount of time to setup, just need to store things like email, date they sub, IP, location and then send out emails based off when they subscribed and of course removing them from the list when I get any spam complaints, unsubscribes or bounces. Only laying out the bare bones to get it started, would want to store more information down the line to help separate them into other lists or to send them different offers.

    At this point I only have a little experience with PHP and web development over all, but I have a lot of experience with desktop apps, mainly with C#, Java and SQL. So mainly I?m just wondering for anyone that has already done anything similar or just have more experience in this area if this is maybe a lot more complicated then I think or if there are any traps I may run into? Any security problems that could be a lot of work to deal with? Of course any good resources or examples you may know of to help out would be greatly appreciated.

    While of course I could easily buy one of the many self-hosted Autoresponders already out there, I?m hoping down the road to just have more over all control. Either way I want to get better at PHP if for no other reason than to have more control when working with wordpress, maybe even wright my own plugins to sell or giveaway.

    Thanks