Easy WP SMTP is a user-friendly SMTP plugin for WordPress. It allows you to send emails from your WordPress Site via one of your preferred SMTP server. This will improve the email deliverability from your server.
What is SMTP?
SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is a communication protocol to transfer emails over the internet.
SMTP & WordPress
Often sending emails from your WordPress blog can be a little painful. In my experience I have seen users having the following issues:
- Sending email from my WordPress site but it’s not getting delivered to the recipient
- The email has been sent but it went into the spam/junk folder on the recipient side
- The email wasn’t sent because of the server restrictions
- The email got lost somewhere in the server
To prevent this issue SMTP can come in very handy. Instead of actually sending the email to the recipient you can configure your WordPress blog so it sends the email via a SMTP server.
All the popular mail services (example: Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail) have SMTP servers. Once your site is authenticated with a SMTP server it will allow you to transfer all outgoing emails from your WordPress blog to the appropriate recipients.
Benefits of Using SMTP
- You are using a SMTP server of a popular mail service so the email is less likely to be marked as a spam
- The SMTP server is taking the full responsibility of delivering the email to the recipient. It lowers the risk of emails getting lost somewhere
- You are using one of your preferred email address to send email from (example: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Easy WordPress SMTP plugin makes sure that you never need to worry about “email not being delivered”. It does everything for you so your WordPress blog is ready to use SMTP.
Easy WordPress SMTP Installation
- Go to the Add New plugins screen in your WordPress admin area
- Click the upload tab
- Browse for the plugin file (easy-wp-smtp.zip)
- Click Install Now and then activate the plugin
Easy WordPress SMTP Usage
Once you have installed the plugin please go to the Settings menu of the plugin to configure some SMTP specific options. It has two sections:
1) General Settings
- From Email Address: The email address that will be used to send emails to your recipients
- From Name: The name your recipients will see as part of the “from” or “sender” value when they receive your message
- SMTP Host: Your outgoing mail server (example: smtp.gmail.com)
- Type of Encryption: none/SSL/TLS
- SMTP Port: The port that will be used to relay outbound mail to your mail server (example: 465)
- SMTP Authentication: No/Yes (This option should always be checked “Yes”)
- Username: The username that you use to login to your mail server (example: email@example.com)
- Password: The password that you use to login to your mail server
- Enable SMTP Debug: Use this option to print SMTP debug output on the screen while sending an email.
Once you are done click on the “Save Changes” button to save the settings.
For your convenience I have made a configuration list of some of the popular SMTP servers
- SMTP Host: smtp.gmail.com
- Type of Encryption: SSL
- SMTP Port: 465
- SMTP Host: smtp.mail.yahoo.com
- Type of Encryption: SSL
- SMTP Port: 465
- SMTP Host: smtp.live.com
- Type of Encryption: TLS
- SMTP Port: 587
2. Testing & Debugging Settings
This section allows you to send a test email to a recipient to make sure that everything is working as expected. Let me give you an example so you know what will happen:
a) You want to use Gmail as your SMTP server and you have already configured your main email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” (in the general settings) to send all emails from your site.
b) Now you want to check what a recipent will see when an email is sent from your site. So you enter your alternative email address (example: email@example.com) in the “To” field along with a subject and a message.
c) When you click on the “Send Test Email” your WordPress site (SMTP client) will relay this email to the Gmail SMTP server. Gmail will authenticate this request based on the credentials you have provided (example: username, password).
d) Once the request is authenticated Gmail will finally send this email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The recipient will see that the email was sent from email@example.com. But actually the email was sent from your WordPress site via Gmail SMTP server.