Custom email handling with SMTP API
Simple mail transfer protocol (SMTP) is a fast, easy way to send email messages from one mail server to another.
When you use a personal email address to send bulk marketing campaigns or transactional emails to a lengthy contact list, you can bump up against send rate limits, get flagged as spam, or have to awkwardly blind carbon copy your mailing list on every email message.
In that case, SMTP relay, in which a third party sends email to multiple recipients over its own mail servers, may make sense. The sender address is the same and the email content is absolutely secure, but by sending the marketing or transactional email through a partner’s server, you can increase your email delivery rate without the hassle, costs, or security concerns associated with maintaining your own mail server. It’s a lot better than trying to push everything through a consumer email address, such as Google’s gmail.
Cloud-based SMTP relay isn’t the only option for sending email to multiple recipients without getting an error message or having to read the fine print of your account details. You can also use an SMTP API. Anyone with an API overview under their belt knows that APIs – which allow two applications to talk to each other – can be both powerful and customizable.
SMTP relay server in action
Mailgun doesn’t force users to integrate APIs, but we do think our HTTP API offers more flexibility and better scalability for batch sending than simple SMTP relay service. The Mailgun API is built on HTTP, which means it:
Uses built-in HTTP capabilities for passing parameters and authentication
Responds with standard HTTP response codes to indicate errors
Uses predictable, resource-oriented URLs
Returns JSON string
Developers that opt for Mailgun’s API won’t have to deal with MIME, because that’s handled internally. Developers can simply use a request library in the programming language of their choice (whether that’s Ruby, Python, Java or something else).
SMTP APIs in action
If you’re ready to send emails to multiple recipients, setting up Mailgun’s email API is extremely simple. You can quickly grab the API key from within the control panel and get started. The SMTP API can integrate with both internal and third-party systems.
Automated transactional emails sent using the SMTP API are triggered by certain customer behaviors such as making a purchase or requesting a password reset. Your app will pass a message over to the Mailgun mail server. From there, Mailgun will not only send email to the recipient’s mailbox but report all event data associated with that specific email. That means Mailgun can automatically help track and analyze everything from click tracking to A/B testing.
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