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Do you have an email validation tool you'd recommend?

Looking at ways to make sure people don't mistype their email when they sign up. Sendgrid has a verification API—have you used it and does it work well, or do you have other email verification tools you'd recommend?

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connordoner's avatar
12 months ago

We were planning to use Sendgrid at work, but it's pretty expensive for validation. Mailgun do something similar, but their sales team seem only to speak to BIG business.

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@maguay (replying to @connordoner )
12 months ago

Interesting, did you end up going with anything else instead?

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@connordoner (replying to @maguay )
11 months ago

IIRC, we ended up just validating emails using a regex that we customised to ensure they were at a publicly-accessible domain (e.g. no connordoner@localhost etc). We did debate checking MX records, and testing an SMTP connection, but decided against it as it’d take a little while to do, and would block user flow.

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@maguay (replying to @connordoner )
11 months ago

Gottcha, makes sense. That definitely might be worth doing in the interim at least. Thank you so much!

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@connordoner (replying to @maguay )
11 months ago

No worries! Judging on SendGrid’s marketing page, it looks like syntax validation and MX record checks are two of the main checks that they perform, so it may well be worth looking down that route.

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