The WP systems sends a lot of mails to authors. There also plugins who use email notifications for authors.

But, let say I have a user, who is managed by two persons (because it's a company, an entity that is more then one person) - I want all the emails to be sent also to a second Email address, that I will enter in the profile page of that WP user.

What is the best way to achieve this? I know how to add a field to the profile page, but I don't know how to send every notification that the user gets to the second email address. please help :)

  • Have you tried using comma separated values for the email? Just a thought...
    – mor7ifer
    Feb 17, 2012 at 13:00
  • tried it, just for the elimination process. it didn't worked. Feb 17, 2012 at 14:49
  • What exactly didn't work out?
    – kaiser
    Feb 19, 2012 at 14:51
  • @kaiser, try it yourself - it would output an error saying it is not a valid email address. Feb 20, 2012 at 16:18
  • Yea, sure - building a setup to test this. Did you actually var_dump the output to make shure you ain't got the comma or white spaces?
    – kaiser
    Feb 20, 2012 at 16:31

2 Answers 2


Not a WP specific solution, but you can usually set-up an alias/forwarder in your email system that sends a copy to both people.


[email protected]

[email protected]


  • yes. but's that isn't always possible. let say, when the host is lousy and won't let me manage my emails properly... Feb 23, 2012 at 21:03
  • 1
    If you have a lousy host it's probably time to move hosts, not route around their lousiness ;-). This is certainly easier than a code based solution (for non technical users).
    – Refiner
    Feb 27, 2012 at 22:36
  • Yes, I know. but just for the challange. what would you do. in the end i've changed hosting and forward the Email as you suggested, and as I also thought would be the best solution. But what if? Mar 2, 2012 at 10:56

A suggestion, albeit a sorta hack, I'd like to make is to use a mailing list. You can add an infinite number of emails to a mailing list.

An alternative you could do is to use the publish_{$posttype} hook to send email notificiations through wp_mail. The wp_mail function's $to parameter takes either a string or an array so you could pass in multiple email addresses.


function notify_users_of_new_post($post_id) {
    // Get list of subscribers and their secondary email address stored in wp_usermeta
    $user_query = get_users('blog_id=1&orderby=nicename&role=subscriber&fields=all_with_meta');

    $bName = get_bloginfo('name');
    $permalink = get_permalink($post_id);
    foreach($user_query as $user) {
        $email = $user->email;

        if (isset($user->secondary_email) AND !empty($user->secondary_email)) {
            $email = array( $user->email, $user->secondary_email );

        wp_mail($email, sprintf('New Blog Entry on %s', $bName), sprintf('A new entry has been published to %s. View it clicking here: %s', $bName, $permalink));
add_action('publish_post', 'notify_users_of_new_post');

I attempted a sample code block (above). A suggestion if you plan on using this on a production site, use a cron job if you have a lot of registered users, otherwise I'm pretty sure this will cause a timeout in PHP.

  • Attempted a codeblock. Though I'm unfamiliar with these functions get_users (confused by Codex's query $args) and wp_mail by simply not having used it before.
    – Zack
    Feb 18, 2012 at 18:39

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