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How to Configure WordPress to Use SMTP For Sending Emails

WordPress uses the PHP Mail function as a defaults to send its emails. This has indicated over and again exposed as PHPMail() is open and used by trojans and other viruses.

Most customers or clients have infected files which just triggered or send mails using PHPMail(), because it does not validate.  However, this is safer to use SMTP as it handles delivering messages smatter or better as SMTP function isn’t open and the email must be validated i.e, a real time email address and password must be written within the code then later verified by the mail server before the email is sent. This to an extent increases the authenticity of emails using WordPress.

Step 1

At first, you need to install a wordpress plugin named Easy WP SMTP by following the instructions below.

Step 2

Once the SMTP plugin is installed and activated within your website, a new menu will show up under the Settings section of your WordPress dashboard called Easy WP SMTP. You will need to navigate to it in order to configure WordPress to work with SMTP and able to send emails.

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Step 3

On this section, you will see several configuration options as seen in the screen shot below:

Configuration settings:

From Email Address: your email address i.e
From Name: a name to give your email address i.e Company Name
SMTP Host: localhost
Type of Encription: None
Then SMTP Port: 25
And SMTP Authentication: Yes
Also SMTP username: Your email address ( same as the From Email Address)
And SMTP Password: Password of the email address above

Step 4

Once you configure these parameters, simply click the Save button.

Step 5

To check if the wordpress SMTP settings are working uprightly, click on the Test Email tab and complete the required fields and click on Send button.

You should get a result as seen below after your testing:

We hope this article helped you learn how to use SMTP server to send WordPress emails and configurations.

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