We’re here again. Liberty is still incompatible with modern, secure email systems so RSW released the SMTP Relay utility — a stand-alone utility you install on each of your computers, which sends emails on behalf of Liberty. It too, doesn’t utilize modern security standards.
If you try to utilize Liberty’s SMTP Relay utility along with Google/Gmail, it will fail to send emails:
In your Google inbox, you’ll see a handy message telling you why:
From an app that doesn’t meet modern security standards.
Simple as that.
When software attempts to send emails, it has to follow certain rules, especially when it comes to SSL/TLS. Certain techniques simply aren’t considered ‘modern’ and will be blocked by secure email providers such as Google.
ConsignPro and Liberty are incompatible with Gmail or any secure email service.
Although Liberty made attempts to partially support it, it is not compatible with secure connections to Gmail today.
Why is it that free software has had built-in SSL/TLS support for years, but consignment software vendors who sell their software for $1,000 on up, haven’t added this most-basic of features? It truly is a few lines of code, literally. We’ve seen a lot of crappy “workarounds” which only break systems.
ConsignmentTill offers support for SSL, but in our testing the application locked-up when attempting to Test settings.
We’ll follow-up again with additional details.
ConsignmentTill supports TLS on port 587…
SBS’ The Consignment Shop supports SSL…
There’s just no excuse for not supporting secure email connections and we’d like to see the consignment software vendors step up to the plate here and address this issue. Too busy? Too many other features to add?
By all means, if you’re a software vendor and have any feedback as to why this hasn’t been added or available for years, feel free to post your comment below.
Updated 2/18/2013 @ 3:11 PM EST – Added SBS SSL info.
Consignment stores, are you looking for a way to let your consignors book a consignment appointment online? Google recently added an Appointments feature to Google Calendar. When you go to create a new Event, you will now see an Appointment slots option:
You can then publish this calendar online for free and consignors can schedule appointments online:
You can block-out appointment times and specify the length of each consignment appointment:
Once the appointment has been booked, the appointment time shows as booked online…
If you have a website, you can easily embed this calendar into a web page, or, just post a link to it on your Facebook page.
Google’s Appointment Scheduler offers consignment stores the following features:
Set specific time frames when consignment appointments are available.
Publish your calendar online for free, so consignors can schedule appointments online.
Set specific days and times when consignments are accepted.
Receive a notification when a consignor books an appointment.
Your consignors will have to have a Gmail account, which is free and many already utilize Gmail.
[info_box style=”notice”]For a business, Google+ is a key resource in improving your SEO results.[/info_box]
Business information is now being displayed in search results as a Google+ page, so if you’re a brick and mortar store – e.g. a consignment or resale store – you should search Google for your store and make sure you claim your Google+ page for your business.