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Hey, I'm a little confused. I was looking at the Sendy installation instructions and it talks about MySQL server. I don't have that and I haven't a clue how to do that. Is that just talking about an Excel spreadsheet with the mailing list names on it? If not, what am I not understanding?

Thanks so much.

- Brian
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Hope
    Hi Brian,

    Do you have a hosting account? If so, chances are your host provides MySQL databases. You'll have to set that up from your control panel.

    Jeff
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  • Profile picture of the author kilgore
    To be honest, if you don't know what MySQL is (hint: https://www.mysql.com/) you should really consider going with a hosted mailing solution. Mailchimp, Aweber, and Constant Contact are among the big guns (depending on your business and your needs) -- though there's also Sendy hosting available. It's not only the setup you have to get through, you'll need to periodically patch your system for bugs and security.

    You'll also want to make sure you'll be running Sendy on a server that can handle the volume of mail you have. A shared server might be fine for a really small list (assuming they let you run Sendy -- some hosts, for instance block cron jobs), but if you're list is larger you'll probably need a VPS, which means you'll need to think about keeping the server and all of the software running on it patched and up to date in addition to already managing Sendy.

    You'll also want to make sure that you have good backup processes in place, so that's a whole other system you're going to have to design/implement/manage.

    Personally, all that seems like a daunting task for someone who doesn't know what MySQL is, but if you're gonna go through it anyway, I'd advise posting questions when you have them to Sendy's own forums as you're more likely to get knowledgeable responses there. This is a marketing forum, not a tech support forum, after all.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Cephyr13
    Thanks so much! I didn't realize my host had the SQL server. I thought that might be the case because I set up MailChimp with my host, but I wasn't sure. That'll help. Thanks!

    - Brian
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