How to Send Emails Using WordPress

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This article describes how to configure WordPress to send e-mails on hosting servers. WordPress uses e-mail for a variety of services, such as comment moderation notifications. Many WordPress plugins also use e-mail to provide extended functionality. The WP Mail SMTP plugin enables you to configure e-mail settings for WordPress.


INSTALLING THE WP MAIL SMTP PLUGIN

To install the WP Mail SMTP plugin, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress site as the administrator.
  2. In the left-hand pane, click Plugins.
  3. Click Add New.
  4. In the Search Plugins text box, type mail smtp, and then press Enter.
  5. Locate WP Mail SMTP by WPForms, and then click Install Now.
  6. After WordPress finishes installing the plugin, click Activate.


CONFIGURING THE WP MAIL SMTP PLUGIN

To configure the WP Mail SMTP plugin to work with your account, follow these steps:

  1.  Log in to your WordPress site as the administrator.
  2. In the left-hand pane, click Settings, and then click Email. The Advanced Email Options page appears.
  3. In the From Email text box, type the e-mail address you want to use as the sender.
  4. In the From Name text box, type the name you want to associate with the e-mail address you specified in step 3.
  5. Under Mailer, select Send all WordPress emails via SMTP.
  6. Under Return Path, select the Set the return-path to match the From Email check box.
  7. Under SMTP Options, in the SMTP Host text box, type the full server name for your account.
  8. Choose one of the following configurations:
    • If you want to use encryption, in the SMTP Port text box type 465, and then under Encryption, select Use SSL encryption.
    • If you do not want to use encryption, in the SMTP Port text box type 25, and then under Encryption, select No encryption.
  9. Under Authentication, select Yes: Use SMTP authentication.
  10. In the Username text box, type the e-mail address you specified in step 3.
  11. In the Password text box, type the password for the e-mail account you specified in step 10.
  12. Click Save Changes.

You should test the new configuration to make sure that it works. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Under Send a Test Email, in the To text box, type a valid external e-mail address where you can receive a test message.
  • Click Send Test. You should receive a test message at the e-mail address you specified in the previous step. If you do not receive a message, check the settings you provided in steps 3 to 11, and then try again.

 

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