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  • Emailing membership, most efficient method: PHP or SMTP?

    Which method is the fastest / most efficient method of sending email through vBulletin, PHP or SMTP?
    ...john2k...

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    It doesn't matter which one you use. Some people end up specifying their own SMTP server to get around limits that the host has imposed on the local mail server.

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    • #3
      I'm thinking more in terms of server resources. So while both methods will send email, which method will do it with the least amount of load on the server?

      Probably not a big deal with sites that have few members, but for those with a very large membership it could make a difference.
      ...john2k...

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      • #4
        I would be interesting to know if there is speed difference between the two as well.
        War is only fun when you are winning.

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        • #5
          Yes, specifying an external SMTP server can help with server resources if your forum sends out a lot of emails.

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          • #6
            That is good information, but comparing SMTP on an external server versus PHP on the hosting server is sort of like comparing apples to oranges.

            With all else being equal, would the SMTP method still be more efficient on server resources?

            Just so there's no misunderstanding, the PHP files are on the localhost and the SMTP server is on the localhost as well. With everything running on 1 single dedicated server. PHP or SMTP?

            By the way, Jake, thanks for your assistance in sorting this out.
            ...john2k...

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            • #7
              There is no difference. Both are SMTP servers. If one server is more capable than the other for your needs then switching can help.

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