Configure WordPress to send emails over SMTP

We love WordPress. But when it comes to dealing with mails, we can’t rely on the system. If you have worked with email in WordPress, you have probably come across some problems. It doesn’t matter if you need to send only one mail or thousands of them to your subscribers, you will probably end up having issues at one point. Emails might end up in the spam folder of the recipient, get lost or stuck behind because of servers restrictions, or not get delivered at all.

If you need those mails to be sent out, that’s quite a list of problems. But, what do we say to problems in WordPress? There’s a plugin which can fix it!

The same goes for sending emails through WordPress. Instead of relying on your server to send it, why not transfer all the traffic to SMTP server?

SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is a common way of dealing with emails. Every bigger email service, and even smaller ones, have their own SMTP servers which are in control over sending emails.

Easy WP SMTP

PRICE: Free

Easy WP SMTP plugin general settings

Easy WP SMTP is a great plugin which will allow you to do just that. Once you configure the plugin, it will take care of your emails and send them directly through the chosen SMTP server. The plugin will work with your Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail account and all you have to do is set it up:

  1. Go to Plugins->Add New
  2. Search for “Easy WP SMTP”
  3. Install and activate the plugin
  4. Navigate to Settings->Easy WP SMTP
  5. Here you will find several settings which you need to configure:
  • From Email Address: This email address will be used as the main address from which you send all emails in WordPress
  • From Name: Choose any name you want to appear next to your address. It can be your own name or the name of your website
  • SMTP Host: This is you mail server in charge of outgoing mails (example: smtp.gmail.com)
  • Type of Encryption: Choose type of encryption
  • SMTP Port: Choose a port through which mails are handled. Check your service to see which port you need to use
  • SMTP Authentication: You should choose to have the authentication if you want your mails to be processed correctly
  • Username: your Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail username
  • Password: your password for the email service you already use

 
There is a special section where you can test your emails easily. After you set up your account, we suggest you do the testing before completely relying on the plugin to take care of your mails.

Easy WP SMTP debugging settings

If you need more help with configuring the plugin, check out the official website where you can find ports and addresses needed for the setup.

That’s all there is. Hopefully, everything worked for you on the first try and now you have SMTP controlling your WP mail. How awesome is that?

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