Sending e-mail through a Wordpress-based website can be handled in different ways.
Php-mail is used by default, but there is a more reliable method available: using SMTP e-mail.
Using this method forces Wordpress to connect with our SMTP mailing platform.
We advise using this method over php, for the following reasons:
- Sending via SMTP requires authentication, and therefore is the more secure method.
- PCextreme keeps logs regarding SMTP mail. It does not keep logs for php-mail
- If a mail sent via SMTP can not be deliverd, you will receive a bouncemail, detailing the error message, whcih can be quite useful.
In this tutorial we will explain how to use SMTP in Wordpress, using PCextreme's mail settings.
- A functional, up-to-date Wordpress installation
- The Wordpress plugin "Easy WP SMTP"
- A functional PCextreme e-mail address
Step 1: Downloading and installing the plugin
Firstly, the plugin needs to be installed. This can be done in the "Plugins" menu in the wp-admin panel.
Step 2: Adjusting the settings
When the plugin is activated you can adjust the settings in the “Settings> Easy WP SMTP” menu.
For this example we will assume you wish to use the PCextreme outgoing mailserver.
The following settings can be used:
From Name : Your name, or your company name. This defines which name will appear as sender of your e-mails.
SMTP Host: smtp.mail.pcextreme.nl
Type of Encryption: None
SMTP Port: 587
SMTP Authentication: Yes
SMTP Username: Your PCextreme e-mail address. We strongly advise to use the same address you've used in the "From Email Address" field.
SMTP Password: The password for your e-mail address.
Click “Save Changes”.
Stap 3: Testing the plugin
To test the plugin, go back to the "Settings> Easy WP SMTP" menu in the wp-admin panel.
Scrolling down will reveal input fields for "Testing And Debugging Settings". This allows you to send a testmail by entering your own e-mail address in the "To" field.
If possible, use an external e-mail address (like gmail, and the likes) to insure your mail is being sent correctly to addresses not belonging to PCextreme users.
Your e-mails through Wordpress will now be sent using our SMTP mailservers!
Please note: these adjustments apply to standard Wordpress e-mail functionality. Some plugins or contact forms might send e-mail by other means.