Install Get Email Builder Sendy Addon on Ubuntu 20.04 VPS with Virtualmin and Nginx

Get Email Builder is a self hosted extension for Sendy. It allows you to create professional looking emails with its Drag&Drop interface. If you’re a Sendy user, this software will help you step up your email marketing game. You’ll see how easy it is to install Get Email Builder Sendy Addon on VPS in this post.

For those who don’t know, Sendy is a self-hosted bulk email sending software. I have covered the installation process of it on install Sendy on VPS tutorial. Obviously, Get Email builder Sendy addon won’t work without Sendy. So I’m going to assume that you already have a VPS setup with Virtualmin control panel and have Sendy installed. If not, this is the time to do it. It’s easy.

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Get Builder addon Installed

Install Get Email Builder Sendy Addon on VPS

Get Email Builder Sendy Addon need its own hosting space. Which means you need a separate domain for it. You can use a subdomain of your main domain. So start by creating a sub server from your Virtualmin interface. This should be a sub server of your Sendy server.

Sendy and Get Email Builder addon should share same database for this to work. Virtualmin creates new users and databases for each top-level server. Ofcourse you can grant MySQL user permissions to Sendy database. But I figured it would be easier to do this with a sub-server. So it doesn’t matter if you’re installing Get Email Builder addon on a subdomain or entirely different domain, just add it as a sub server of your Sendy server so they both have the same admin user.

Upload Get Email Builder addon to the Server

Head over to Get Email Builder Sendy addon official page and download the installation package. Unzip downloaded file to a folder on your computer and upload everything inside Sendy-Email-Builder-master folder to public_html folder of Virtualmin sub-server you just created.

Prepare Get Email Builder addon for Installation

Once everything is on the server, login to your VPS as administrative user of the Sendy over SSH and open _config.php with nano text editor.

nano /home/AdminUserName/domains/

Replace AdminUserName with your Sendy server’s admin username and with Get Email Builder’s domain name. Now make following changes within the file,

/*  Email Builder for Sendy URL (without the trailing slash) */
define('APP_PATH', '');

/*  App Name */
define('APP_NAME', 'My Email Builder'); // Feel free to change this variable

/*  App Tagline */
define('APP_TAGLINE', 'Create awesome emails'); // Feel free to change this variable

/*  Set the URL to your Sendy App */
define('SENDY_URL', '');

/*  Your Sendy API Key */
define('SENDY_API_KEY', 'Sendy API'); // Could be found on Sendy`s Settings page

Also fill out MySQL database information towards the end of the file,

$dbHost = 'localhost'; //MySQL Hostname
$dbUser = 'SendyDatabseUser'; //MySQL Username
$dbPass = 'SendyDatabsePassword'; //MySQL Password
$dbName = 'SendyDatabseName'; //MySQL Database Name

Now close the file and change permissions of the uploads directory to 777.

chmod -R 777 /home/AdminUserName/domains/

And that is it. Now you can open your addon sub-domain on browser and login to Get Email Builder Sendy addon with your Sendy credentials. Whenever save a campaign within the addon, they are saved to your Sendy.

See like I said, it’s easy to install Get Email Builder Sendy Addon on VPS.


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