Best email (or bulkmail) option for a small school

Posted on 2011-05-01
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I am the "volunteer" IT guy for a small school (since nobody else will do it) and we have been using hostgator to handle our hosting, email, etc.  That has worked great, but now that the School has a Principal who is computer literate, we have a problem.  They have a mailing list of all parents (around 300) and use it to send messages about events, weather warnings, etc.  The hosting company (like most) allows 500 emails/hr, so if they send 2 of these messages (like during severe weather), it bounces most back and locks all emails for the next hour.  I am looking for alternatives for email hosting or better ways to mass mail parents in these cases.  I donate all IT costs, so obviously price is an issue! :-)  We do have a server running windows server 2003 with exchange (which was never set up becuause I spend too much time as it is supporting everything)
Question by:roarteam
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    I've used this before for email marketing

    and can recommend it

    I cant say its ideal for your use, but it will take much of the pain away for you. If you needed to send urgent messages, have you considered an SMS gateway?
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    Also Constant Contact, iContact, MailChimp   All these services are full time bulk email services with their own servers.  They put in the effort to see that their emails are received with a minimum of problems.  If you use their templates, you don't have to find out how difficult it is to design your own HTML emails that work.

    Author Comment

    Thanks.  That's EXACTLY what I was looking for.  It not only solves the volume problem, but adds list management, templates and more.  This is why I LOVE experts-exchange!

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