Ecommerce email using Vultr, Linode etc?

Started by Mycrib, Jun 17, 2022, 10:30 AM

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I am considering creating a Wordpress website on Vultr or Linode to manage my ecommerce business, but I am concerned about how I will receive email notifications since these platforms block email ports.

I use GMAIL business email accounts, so do I need to install a plugin to send me emails when someone places an order or fills out a contact form? I haven't been able to find much information on this topic and would appreciate any assistance.


If you are operating an ecommerce store, I strongly recommend utilizing a third-party email service provider such as Amazon SES or Postmark to deliver transactional emails.

This method will increase the likelihood of emails arriving in customers' inboxes compared to sending them from your server directly. WordPress offers plugins for both Amazon SES and Postmark that make configuration a simple process.


I will look into SMTP2Go as a potential solution for sending transactional emails. This service provides a relay mail service that uses both Vultr and Linode. It appears that they have permission to send mail through these platforms, making it a viable option for ecommerce businesses that require reliable delivery of transactional emails.


Linode (founded by Christopher Actor in 2003) and Vultr (established by David Aninowski in 2014). It then outlines key differences between the two platforms. These differences include the number of data centers each offers (11 for Linode and 17 for Vultr);
their employee count according to LinkedIn (226 for Linode and 25 for Vultr); ratings on Trustradius (8.7 points for Linode and 7.2 points for Vultr); and pricing plans (starting at $5 per month for Linode and $2.5 per month for Vultr).


Setting up email notifications for your WordPress website on Vultr or Linode can be done through various methods. Since these platforms block email ports, you will need to use an external email service provider to handle your email notifications.

One option is to use the Gmail SMTP plugin for WordPress. This plugin allows you to send emails from your WordPress website using your Gmail business email account. Once installed and configured, you can receive email notifications when someone places an order or fills out a contact form.

To set it up, you will need to install and activate the Gmail SMTP plugin in your WordPress dashboard. Then, go to the plugin's settings page and enter your Gmail business email account details. After that, you should be able to receive email notifications from your WordPress website to your Gmail inbox.

Alternatively, you can also consider using other SMTP plugins like WP Mail SMTP or Easy WP SMTP. These plugins allow you to configure SMTP settings for sending emails through other email service providers, such as SendGrid or Mailgun.

details to consider when setting up email notifications for your WordPress website:

1. Security: When configuring email notifications, it's essential to ensure the security of your SMTP credentials. Make sure to use strong and unique passwords for your email accounts, and consider enabling two-factor authentication for added security.

2. Testing: After setting up the SMTP plugin and configuring your email settings, it's advisable to perform some test transactions or form submissions on your website to verify that the email notifications are being sent and received successfully.

3. Email Deliverability: To improve the deliverability of your email notifications, you may want to set up SPF (Sender Policy Framework) and DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) records for your domain. These records help authenticate your emails and prevent them from being flagged as spam by recipient email servers.

4. Email Service Providers: In addition to Gmail, there are other email service providers you can consider, such as SendGrid, Mailgun, or Amazon SES (Simple Email Service). These services provide reliable email delivery and often have free tiers or affordable pricing plans, depending on your email volume.

5. Monitoring: It's a good practice to monitor your email notifications regularly to ensure they are functioning correctly. You can also consider setting up email forwarding rules or filters in your email client to organize incoming notification emails.

few more considerations when setting up email notifications for your WordPress website:

1. Email Templates: Customize the email templates that your customers receive for order confirmations, contact form submissions, and other types of notifications. This allows you to add branding elements, personalize the messages, and provide a professional look.

2. Email Logging: Consider using an email logging plugin in WordPress. This can be helpful for troubleshooting and tracking the delivery status of your email notifications. It allows you to review sent emails, check for any errors or issues, and ensure your notifications are reaching their intended recipients.

3. Transactional Email Services: Instead of relying on your hosting provider's email functionality, you can consider using transactional email services specifically designed for sending transactional email notifications. Examples include Sendinblue, Postmark, and SparkPost. These services often have better deliverability rates and provide detailed analytics on email opens, clicks, and bounces.

4. Email Filtering and Segmentation: If your website generates a large number of email notifications, you might want to set up email filtering or segmentation. This way, you can categorize different types of notifications into separate folders or tag them to keep your inbox organized.

5. Keep Plugins Updated: Ensure that both your WordPress installations and the email-related plugins you use are kept up-to-date. Regular updates help maintain security, stability, and compatibility with new versions of WordPress.