#1 Mandrill - Reliably Get Those Emails Delivered

Mandrill now costs $20 per month. I've swapped services to Sendgrid. Please see the updated video using SendGrid (completely free)

Emails can be troublesome and cause a lot of frustration!

PHP email whilst works isn’t that reliable.

To most businesses delivering email from their website is a crucial activity. Luckily there is a free solution which can be set up in minutes with Craft CMS.

Mandrill is a MailChimp service. If you send under 1,200 emails per month it is completely free. Over that amount and it has a very reasonable pricing structure.

Step 1 is to sign up at Mandrill.com. Note that if you have a MailChimp account it will not work as your Mandrill account.

Step 2: Mandrill settings > Create an API key and note the details on the settings page.

Step 3: Go into your Craft admin and Settings > Email

  • Set the protocol to SMTP and enter the details.
  • Host name: smtp.mandrillapp.com
  • Port : 587
  • Tick the SMTP Authentication Box
  • Username is your email address used when signing up for Mandrill
  • Password is your API key
  • SMTP Secure Transport Type set to TLS

Step 4: Done and high fives.

Bonus: I’d install the ManDrill mobile app. The iOS version is great and i’m sure the Android is similar.

Regularly check the mandrill.com site and see if there are any issues.

Mandrill now costs $20 per month. I've swapped services to Sendgrid. Please see the updated video using SendGrid (completely free)