Mail server on a Wordpress Install

Posted October 18, 2014 8.1k views

Hello there,

I have a quick question about Email stuff.

I have created a droplet ($5/pm) to host my Wordpress site but I am wanting to have an email address for NAME@MYDOMAIN.COM

What is the best way to go about setting this up?
Can it be done on the same server or should I use something like Gmail?


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From what you have mentioned, i guess you need to have your own email address on your domain, something like .. if yes, then you have multiple options.

1) Use a third party email hosting service:
Yes, it is very good to use third party service, because it saves you from the overhead of managing your email server.

The good options include: a) Zoho Mail ( ) - Free
b) Gmail (Paid )

In Both the cases you need to point your MX Records to their servers, which can be easily done and take very small time.

2) Installing Email on Same server:
Well in your case just to save extra overhead i would not recommend it, however if at all you want to go ahead and have something alike, you need to install MTA on your server.

Depending on your server there are set of simple commands that istall the mail server :-)

You can also install PostFix.

Some good tutorials you want to read :

Again, the best way is to just go ahead to zoho, create the email and point your mx records. thats it..
happy mailing .

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Hello all,

What I could suggest here is using an SMTP plugin for your WordPress site.

That way you will be able to specify an SMTP server with authentication which your emails would be going through. You could for example use Gmail’s SMTP settings. This would drastically increase the delivery rate of your emails as well compared to using plain PHP mail.

I’ve been using this plugin for a while now and it works very well: Easy WP SMTP

Hope that this helps!