Are you having trouble receiving or sending emails from your WordPress site? One solution for that is to use third party email services such as Mandrill. However, these services will cost you extra money. In this article, we will show you how to use a SMTP server to send WordPress emails.
The Problem with WordPress Emails
WordPress uses mail function in PHP to send emails. Many shared hosting providers do not have this function configured properly, or they have disabled it entirely to avoid abuse. In either case, your WordPress emails will not be delivered.
The alternate solution is to use a third party email service to send out your emails. You can use services like Mandrill, Google Apps for work, or Sendgrid.
You will have to pay for your account, and the cost will vary depending on how many users/accounts you add or the number of emails you send. See our tutorial on how to fix WordPress not sending email issue.
What if we told you that there is another option, and most likely you have already paid for it?
Using Email Accounts by Your Host
Most WordPress hosting providers offer email service for each domain you host with them. This means you can create email accounts with your own domain name like
First you will need to create an email account. For the sake of this example, we will show you how to create an email account in cPanel. Your hosting service provider may use some other account management system, but the basic process is the same on most hosting services.