Knowledgebase: Email
How do I integrate my store with Mandrill?

Mandrill is a 3rd party SMTP service powered by MailChimp which allows you to have all of your store's transactional emails sent through the same dependable email service as your MailChimp account's newsletters campaigns.

"Transactional emails" refers to all automated email messages coming from your store – whether it's your store's order notifications, receipts, inventory updates or even password resets!  Furthermore, since the emails are being delivered through your MailChimp account, you also get to enjoy the same reliable email services available through your MailChimp newsletter campaigns.

Your 3dcart store can be integrated with Mandrill's API very easily by using the following steps.


Sign up/Activate Mandrill

Mandrill's service is available for both MailChimp account holders and as a stand-alone service.

Non-MailChimp Accounts

Although it is powered by MailChimp, if you are not currently a MailChimp subscriber, you can still sign up and use the Mandrill service.  To begin this, simply navigate to Mandrill's home page and sign up for the service.

Once you are signed up and logged into your new Mandrill account:

  1. Click on "Settings" menu
  2. Look at the top portion of the page to get your SMTP Credentials.
  3. Save this information as it will be added to your 3dcart Online Store Manager in later steps.

Note
Mandrill pricing is structured on a volume basis meaning that you are charged per volume of outgoing messages per month. However, their basic and free plan starts at 12,000 emails per month. Check Mandrill's pricing for more details.

MailChimp Accounts

Additionally, if you are a current subscriber of MailChimp's service, you can activate your Mandrill service even easier.

  1. Log into your MailChimp account.
  2. Click on your username and select "Account"
  3. On the next page, click on the "Integrations" tab.
  4. Look for "Mandrill" in the integrations list and click "Sign Up"

Your account is activated instantly.

  1. While on the same page, now click on the link labeled "Mandrill" to expand the selection
  2. Next click the link labeled "Mandrill Set up and Settings" to retrieve your credentials
  3. Save this information as it will be added to your 3dcart Online Store Manager in later steps.

Adding Mandrill Credentials to your 3dcart Store

Now that you've created your Mandrill account and received your credentials, you can add these to your 3dcart store to have emails sent via Mandrill.

Note
Your store's transaction emails will be sent via the Mandrill service immediately upon integration.

  1. Log into your 3dcart Online Store Manager.
  2. Using the left hand navigaiton menu, go to Modules
  3. Use the search bar at the top to locate "Mandrill"
  4. Then, click on the "Settings" link for the Mandrill module
  5. Enter the Mandrill host, port, SMTP username and API information (see previous steps)
  6. Click "Save" at the top right to commit your changes.

All of your store's emails will now be sent through Mandrill service. 

Special Note: Although our integration was developed with Mandrill in mind, the settings page itself can be used for just about any 3rd party SMTP service you might want to use.  As long as you can provide a Host, Port, and User name for the SMTP settings on this page, you can effectively re-route your store's outgoing messages through a 3rd party SMTP service as needed.


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