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Surpassing Mailing Limits

Bluehost enforces a maximum outgoing email per limit on their service. Most tasks, such as personal email, and mass mailings can easily be routed through other mail servers. As long as the process sending the mail does not reside on the server, then it's as simple as changing the settings to use another mail service.

If your application has to run on the server, such as a web application, forum, business contact tracker, or cms, then you are out of luck. There is no way to send email to an outside server from Bluehost. Port 25 is blocked, because that would be open season for spammers. Any sane shared hosting company would enforce the same policy. The only way to get an email out to the rest of the world is to use either the sendmail binary, or connect to port 25 on localhost to send a message.

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Permalink | Posted: Jun 10, 2009 | Tags: Bluehost Hosting email PHP SSH

Spamassassin on Bluehost

Turning off the annoying spamassassin message encapsulation on BlueHost's servers.

Spamassassin is a great spam killing tool. BlueHost offers it as one of the spam protection options on their e-mail accounts. The cPanel configuration interface for spamassassin is a bit lacking. It only has some common, bare minimum options available.

One thing that spamassassin does that is a bit annoying is it encapsulates all suspected spam messages in a new message, and attaches the original message. This is nice for some things, but can be quite annoying when a legitimate message is crippled in this way.

Spamassassin is highly configurable, and you can do this easily. You just have to do it "manually" and not use the cPanel interface.

If you have SSH enabled, the SSH way is probably the easiest.

$ ssh username@example.com
username@example.com's password:
Last login: Wed Feb 11 11:10:07 2009 ...

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Permalink | Posted: Feb 11, 2009 | Tags: Servers Bluehost Spam email