Have read many postings about the growing email problems at POWWEB, and totally understand they are a "webhost solution" not an "email solution". I have been a POWWEB customer for 14 years and mostly happy with the service.
Most of the postings read talk about sending and receiving email from email applications such as Thunderbird and Outlook. What I have not seen are postings that talk about outgoing emails from CGI scripts, and how a "dedicated email service" can help fix the problem while the website remains on POWWEB.
Like so many others, the current Spamhuas blockage/blacklisting of POWWEB mail servers is increasingly impacting the usage of one of my small business websites, SKI-IT-AGAIN.COM, which is a highly "outgoing" email dependent site. The SIA website is much like a popular Classified Listing site only solely for water sports equipment. In the past 2-3 years, the site has reached million-page view months during the peak ski season (JUN-SEP) so this is rapidly becoming a large problem for SIA.
Am receiving more and more complaints from AOL, YAHOO, and HOTMAIL users they are not receiving the mail kicked off by the website. The website mail CGI makes use of SENDMAIL to kick off the "response" (aka form mail) from the prospective buyer to the seller. But due to the spam problems with POWWEB accounts, the companies using Spamhaus are not processing the incoming emails.
Therefore, a solution is needed, whereby the SIA website can remain on the POWWEB servers, but have the CGI script access a third party email service via API to send out the emails.
SIA receiving emails has not been an issue, only receipt of SIA "form mail". Obviously if the form referenced the API directly, then login credentials would need to be "in the form" which is not acceptable. All form data would need to be collected by the website's mail CGI script, then sent to the 3rd party email API, so proper login credentials could be provided in a safe manner.
Am sending this message to several 3rd party email providers for their responses, but am opening a ticket to ask if POWWEB Exchange hosting could be a solution to this. One question that immediately comes to mind is, are the exchange servers the same machines as the webhosting and mail servers. In other words, will the exchange servers be blocked as well as well since they are POWWEB servers?
Feel free to post replies on your experiences with this OR send a private message. Would be very interested in hearing from anyone who has solved this form mail dilemma.