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email from node


Tags: email, node

nodemailer and nodemailer-smtp-transport

var transporter = nodemailer.createTransport(
var transport = nodemailer.createTransport(smtpTransport({
  host: 'host'
, port: foo
, auth: {
    user: 'username'
  , pass: 'password'
transporter.sendMail(mailOptions, function(err, info){

using a service, we're just sending the bare instructions there from the front-end, so sendgrid or whatever would take care of the actual compiling, rendering, and all that nonsense. (remember the blogs on tinyletter or whatever, about how to even make your email acceptable? hmmm....)

sendgrid, mandrill, and mailgun are the big ones. sendgrid is a little less likely to throw your emails in spam. 12k per month or something like that (with daily cap of maybe 400-ish) for free. they have a slight delay when you sign up, maybe a few hours. obvs we'd likely want to do our own server/service for large-scale, but the analytics available on these things are worth it...? (see: pb:tag/analytics.)

to use sendgrid we'd need to npm i -S sendgrid. then we're using fs.readFile(), i suppose, to work with things on the disk. (note that this could also be in streams, and it could also be in a db....) sendgrid can work with some templating on the back end, though it evidently doesn't inline your css for you.... ah, i see, it looks like zurb's got a tool for that (of course--they've got a tool for everything). i think tinyletter has one, too.

there are yeoman generators for all this stuff. why do the dirty work yourself?

zero and rabbit are things. i guess rabbitmq is currently the more popular one?