Web Hosting Suggestions
Bluehost recommends Dada Mail, so we'll recommend Bluehost. Do check with them about your email sending limits (here's a KB article about it, with ways to contact them), it may be low by default, but if you contact them, they'll tell you how to raise it (to about 500/750 messages/hour). The above link is a partner referal, so if you click it and sign up, we do get a kickback.
Bluehost also has Mojo Marketplace enabled in their cPanel and it has a one-click installer for Dada Mail.
Dedicated IP Option
Bluehost also has an option to have an account with a dedicated IP address. In relation to Dada Mail, the advantages of this are a longer time allowed, for long-running processes, like when Dada Mail sends out a mass mailing to potentially thousands of addresses.
Having a dedicated IP also allows you to have ports above 1024 open, that would be closed with their regular hosting plans, but port 25 (the default port for SMTP) is still not open, which impacts people wanting to use an outside SMTP server. Using a web service like Amazon SES will work with Bluehost, either with their regular hosting plan or with a dedicated IP, since port 80 is open for all Bluehost accounts and Amazon SES's web service runs on port 80. Regular email sending is not impacted by the use of a dedicated IP. As Bluehost states:
All email, including forwarded email, is sent out through our mail proxy servers. Obtaining a dedicated IP address will not prevent your emails from being marked as SPAM, having an ISP block the IP of the mail proxy server, or pass a reverse DNS test for places such as AOL.
Here's a full review of InMotion Hosting when it comes to using Dada Mail. InMotion is cPanel-based, has an up-to-date version of Perl, allows you to install your own Perl modules (including ones needing compilation), has a one-click installer that supports an up-to-date version of Dada Mail and has everything you need to utilize Amazon SES with Dada Mail.
Rose Hosting and its clients love Dada Mail! Their VPS hositng plans meet the requirements to run Dada Mail, and there are no set sending limitations. They've also written to me: "Everyone can install Dada Mail on our servers through Softaculous or through the CLI, but we always offer a free installation service to everyone if they need it."
Media Temple's stated hourly email restrictions are listed here.
- 500 message/hour limit on their (gs) Grid Server plan
- No mail sending restrictions on their (dv) Dedicated-Virtual Server or (ve) Server plans.
Tiger Technologies has been kind enough to give us a testing account for Dada Mail and it helps ensure that Dada Mail works well on their servers. We've also worked closely with clients running moderately busy discussion lists on Tiger Technologies' servers with good luck. We really appreciate the support team at Tiger Technologies and we're pretty happy to be able to suggest them highly for web sites that use Dada Mail.
According to Clook.net, they really, really like Dada Mail and are using it to host lists of the 10,000 - 20,000 size. They tell me there's no limits (within reason, obviously) set on their accounts currently for the amount of messages that can go out in a specific timeframe and that long running server processes, like Dada Mail during a mailing list sending, are allowed to keep on running.
On top of all this, they'll also help you set your Dada Mail to use a separate SMTP server specifially tuned for sending, so even if you're on a shared hosting environment, you can send your messages, without burdening everyone else and the messages will go out at a good pace.
These are three fantastic points that makes these guys a good host for Dada Mail.
Also, according to their shared packages comparison page (the most economical that they offer), they have MySQL and Cronjob support, as well as plenty of POP3 mailboxes you set up, so it looks like whatever you'd like to do with Dada Mail, you can do on these accounts.
They do have a few reasonable points that you must follow (actually, you should always follow these points, no matter where you host):
- No safelists or email address lists purchased from a third party (this is a BIG no no)
- Must be verified opt in (eg when on a site, the email is verified
- All mailings must contain unsubscribe instructions
- Must be single opt out when unsubscribe request is received (either
manually or via weblink)
- If we host the mailing list we must host the website unless
previously arranged with staff
- Valid reply-to address and some kind of bounce monitoring/handling
(either manually or via automated script)
I also get a sense that they'll be passively monitoring your sending, so if they get a report of abuse regarding your mailing list activity, they'll ask you about it and see if everything is configured correctly and work with you so another report won't happen again.
If you do have a specific question, or if want more information, please contact Clook.net directly.