I’ve been self-hosting Ghost since v3 and using Mailgun for bulk emails during that time as well. When Mailgun got rid of their free plan, I was disappointed but given that my utilization remained under 100 emails per month, relatively unaffected.
However, it looks like you cannot sign up for their Flex tiers any more, and free accounts are being turned into “Foundation” accounts. I am now hit with bills for minimum $35/month even when I send zero emails. While I can switch to Ghost + Zapier and use a different mail provider, I end up losing a lot of native capabilities to manage users, memberships, and content within Ghost. There are hacky solutions available to solve this problem, but most of us move from Substack or Wordpress or Mailchimp or other solutions to Ghost because it’s an all-in-one solution.
Why can’t bulks emails be a self-selected provider the same way that transactional emails are? There are plenty of competitors that offer more reasonable pricing and services than Mailgun and it’s silly to either be locked in to Mailgun or lose a lot of value that Ghost has been building.
Raising this as a new topic given that the information provided here about pricing tiers (Why do I have to set up Mailgun for newsletters?) is incorrect. A self-hosted ghost installation now costs you $35/month if you want to send bulk emails, on top of hosting costs (already $5-15 depending on providers).
- Mailgun alternative
- MailGun is ending their free tier March 1st. Does anyone have good alternatives? - #12 by John (no longer seems to be the case)