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Do I need to install a mail server?

Magento, WordPress and many other platforms often need to send emails to users. Password resets, new users etc.

Do I need to install a mail server for this to work? If so what would you recommend?

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For WordPress, I think a send only MTA such as <a href=“https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-install-the-send-only-mail-server-exim-on-ubuntu-12-04”>Exim</a> or <a href=“http://www.htpcbeginner.com/lightweight-mail-server-for-linux-nullmailer-mta/”>Nullmailer</a> are good. I use nullmailer and it has worked well for 3 years now. <br>

Hi thanks for the response. Yeah I am not looking to manage my own mail server a this point (unless this is the only solution to my problem below). I currently use Google Apps too for my mailboxes / users which is excellent! <br> <br>My issue is with the ability for web apps / platforms to send emails. My experience is with shared hosting where this just works and I am a bit stumped at what the solution is on a VPS. Your example plugin could be a solution but I have never needed it before which makes me think that there is something I need to configure on the VPS. <br> <br>Thanks again.

Thanks for the response on mandrillapp.com. I used to setup this smtp and posfix on my server for hours. Now with mandrillapp and wpmandrill plugin I am super happy and secure. Setupp litteraly took 2min and even a non programmer could do it easily. And even better, it is much less probable that you will end up in spam than using your own serer. I will use mandrillapp on all my upcoming wp projects.