Settings > The Send With Tab

When you go to MailPoet > Settings > Send With... tab, you can select how you want to send your newsletters. You will see these two options:

1. MailPoet Sending Service

This is the most reliable, faster and most inexpensive method to send your newsletters. It connects your MailPoet installation to our servers through an HTTP connection via our dedicated API. Thus, you can avoid your host blocking your SMTP ports.

Read everything about MailPoet Sending Service

If you're sending with us, you'll get fast support from our Support Team since it's easier for us to troubleshoot a service offered and maintained by ourselves.

2. Other

2.1. Your Web Host / Web Server

This is the cheapest method, as it is included for free with many hosting accounts. However, this method usually has the lowest Spam Score possible. Why? Well, because shared hosting accounts are shared. On a shared hosting account, several websites share the same email server. As a result, it's very likely that one of these websites is spamming, which results in the blacklisting of the IP address of the whole server.

Please read some more reasons why you shouldn't send with your host.

If you are technically competent and manage your own server, this can definitely be the fastest method. You will simply need to fine-tune your own email server to support the high load. However, we still generally recommend against sending your own emails.

This option uses the PHP mail() function to send the emails. To configure the frequency, you have a few options:

  • A safe default value
  • You specify your own sending frequency
  • Select a recommended sending frequency (according to your host)

After defining the sending frequency, it's recommended to test the sending method by using Send a test email button.

2.2. SMTP / Third-Party Sender

This option allows you to specify an SMTP server to send your newsletters. You can use the SMTP server available from your own host or you can use a third-party one. 

If your host blocks outgoing SMTP Ports and does not have the PHP mail() function available, we highly recommended using the MailPoet Sending Service option or one of these two services listed on this page (Amazon SES or SendGrid). Both of these options support sending emails over their APIs (an HTTP connection rather than SMTP).

If you decide to use the Custom SMTP option, be sure to contact your hosting company or email provider for details on setup. Unfortunately, MailPoet cannot provide support for this.

Comparison Table of Sending Methods

This is how the different sending methods compare:

  MailPoet Your host Third party Host's SMTP
Pricing   Starts at $0 / month for up to 1,000 subscribers  Free Per email sent:
- Amazon SES
- Sendgrid
Premium features included? Yes
(Detailed stats & welcome emails)
No No No
Deliverability(reaching the inbox and not spam box) Good! Usually the poorest Good! Depends
Signatures(SPF or DKIM) No setup required Update your DNS yourself Depends Update your DNS yourself
List cleaning
(removal of invalid or bounced addresses)
Automatic, no configuration Manual or with  add-on With third party or  add-on Manual or add-on
(emails / hour)
50,000 / hour 300 / hour 2,000 / hour (recommended) 300 / hour
Daily email limits None Most of the time Pay as you go Most of the time
Enforced signup confirmation  Yes No Depends No
Support by MailPoet's team Yes No No No
Do we recommend? Of course No because of poor deliverability If you send irregularly No because of poor deliverability
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