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Easiest SMTP Server in 2020? Sendgrid / Google have hassles.


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Hi,

 

I am a developer with a number of clients and I look after about 3 servers.  As part of this, I have used SendGrid as an easy, free SMTP sending server.  Has worked fine.  Here I am just talking about sending with Send Mail script step -nothing complex like the API.  I am thinking about sending both from scripts (so Send Mail script step) and server itself (FMS error messages etc).

 

SendGrid is now enforcing two factor authentication which is problematic as I have used a number of SendGrid accounts in different places.  

 

I have read one can use Google's with an app password but what I really want is something that has these characteristics:

- I can set it up myself without having to hassle my client for anything (like their Gmail credentials).

- Separate from my own Gmail.  I am not sending Spam (mostly things like order confirmations) but I wouldn't want these things on my main account.  

- Something where I can have multiple accounts if necessary.  

 

SendGrid used to deliver this but now it is all getting more complex than I think it should!  Anyway.  Anybody have any ideas about how best to do this in 2020 now that everything is getting more and more locked down.  THANKS.

 

- Chris

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https://sendgrid.com/docs/for-developers/sending-email/getting-started-smtp/

https://sendgrid.com/docs/for-developers/sending-email/getting-started-smtp/#before-you-begin

https://sendgrid.com/docs/for-developers/sending-email/api-getting-started/

even if you use 2fA you can use SendGrid via SMTP by using the username and password which is base64 encoded username: apikey and the key..

 

also you can also use HTTPPost to push to the api and not use SMTP relay, it could be faster less prone to rejection

https://www.teamdf.com/blogs/sending-email-from-filemaker-using-sparkpost/

although this was for a different service the concept is the same. 

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FYI, to anybody reading this, I did try the SendGrid instructions and they are fairly simple - Base64 Encoded "apikey" and then the API key but it just doesn't work so I gave up on SendGrid.  Bottom line is that SendGrid is VERY focussed on API implementations and just far more hassle than worth it.  

I was successful with gmail and creating an app password.  

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