GreenArrow Studio is full of features that make it easy to create and send emails, and then see how the email performed through GreenArrow’s stats and reporting tools.
I have mentioned a few times in this series the importance of tracking disk space usage as part of your monitoring and regular system checks. But since disk space issues (specifically: running out of it) are some of the most common support requests I receive, I thought diving a bit deeper into a lesser-known -- but still incredibly useful -- tool that’s available to you in GreenArrow would be a great way to close out this series.
In a perfect world, my job would rarely require emergency support for critical failures. These events cause downtime and expose real weaknesses in your disaster recovery plans, and that is something I would never wish on anyone.
In our first blog post of the Managing GreenArrow series, we covered some of the essential management tasks for your On-Premise license. If you’ve had a chance to work through each of those, then you’re off to a solid start!
My name is Jonathan Winters, Lead Support Specialist here at GreenArrow.
A minute automated is a minuted earned.
Automation can be such a life-saver—after all, a minute saved is a minute earned. GreenArrow's APIs are robust and powerful, and allow you automate a variety of tasks (mailing list management, transactional email, modifying settings, etc.) There are so many options, in fact, it can be a bit mind-boggling. Today, we'll make sense of two auto-magical, time-saving tricks I have for your email list and subscribers.
We’ll be using Ruby, but we’ve used a clean syntax recognizable to most developers so that it can be translated into other languages without much trouble.
You say "Tomato," I say "Cloud Management"
Cloud Computing. I remember hearing this term everywhere in 2008 when I was racking and deploying dozens of servers in my datacenter job. One day I was “setting up racks of servers” and the next I was “building a cloud,” according to my product manager. Did we suddenly have the powers of Zeus? Would my day-to-day radically change? Um, no and not so much. Did I add, “Managing the Cloud” to my resume? Heck, yes.
It’s been seven years since I racked my last server and now I help customers get launched in our own, (wait for it), GreenArrow Cloud. These cloud-type buzzwords that were initially empty and meaningless to me now fill my every day. However, here at GreenArrow we also provide an On-Premise solution. Which leads to the number one question we get asked ("What’s the difference?") and then the number one follow-up question ("Which one is right for my email?") If you’re wondering too, then read on! I'll make it short and sweet.
Can it really be this easy?
I love details, and I love numbers. Makes sense, right? I’m a developer. Details matter because they define our work. But much as I love details, I also love simplicity. There’s an elegance to simplicity that, if done right, can make for better and more powerful solutions to complicated problems. One great example of this is Google Postmaster Tools’ reputation system. It’s surprisingly basic, and yet it works wonders in email deliverability.
In this post, I'll explain the benefits of the system and give you a few pointers to help you get the most out of it.
My Grandma Thinks I'm A Hacker
People can develop amusing views of what "working from home" means. For example, when my grandmother came for a visit, she asked about what I do at work. So I showed her by remotely connecting to a server and viewing some of its settings. Her takeaway from that experience was revealed the next time she visited—she asked if I “still break into people's computers at work”.