In this article, you can learn how to install and configure an SMTP plugin that will handle the email sending process for your WordPress website.
Let’s get started.
Step 1. Install the SMTP plugin.
We will use the plugin WP Mail SMTP for this guide. It can be found in the WordPress directory and can be installed simply.
Or, inside WP Admin, you can go to Plugins (1) → Add New (2), and enter “SMTP” into the search bar (3), as seen below. Click on the Install Now (4) button, to begin the installation of the plugin. When the installation is complete, click on the Activate button to activate the plugin for your website.
Step 2. Configure the SMTP plugin.
Once the plugin is installed and activated, a new menu will show up named WP Mail SMTP. You will need to navigate to it to configure WordPress to work with SMTP. First, you need to click on the Let’s Get Started button.
Step 3. Choose your SMTP Mailer.
Then you’ll be asked to choose your SMTP Mail Sender. Here you can select Other SMTP (1) and then click on Save and Continue (2).
Step 4. Configure the Mailer Settings.
The next step is to configure the Mailer Settings.
Gmail SMTP settings
SMTP Host: smtp.gmail.com
SMPT Port: 465
Office 365 SMTP settings
SMTP Host: smtp.office365.com
SMTP Port: 587
WPX SMTP settings
SMTP Host: The server hostname that your hosting plan is on.
SMPT Port: 465
First, you need to add your SMTP Host (1) (the server on which your site is hosted). Then you have to select Encryption (2) to be SSL and SMTP port (3) to be 465.
Then you have to fill the Authentication fields, you need to add your Username (1) and Password (2)(they will be the Username and Password which you are using for the email box).
You will also see From Name (the email address you want to send emails from – for example, firstname.lastname@example.org) and From Email (the name that your emails will be sent from) fields.
Step 5. Email Features.
The next step is containing the features that you can select to be enabled. You can keep only the first two enabled.
The next step is for suggestions and if you want to send any data to improve the SMTP plugin, you can select “Skip this Step” and continue further.
Step 6. License key (for the paid Pro version).
The next step is to add your license key if you are using the Pro version. We are currently using the Lite version so there is no need for any License keys. You can select “Skip this Step” and continue.
Step 7. Finish Setup.
On the next slide, you’ll see that the configuration was successful:
so you can click on the “Finish Setup” button at the bottom of the page.
Step 8. Make an Email Test.
You can then click on the Email Test menu in the plugin Settings so you can check if everything is working as expected:
Please fill in the e-mail that you want the test e-mail to be sent:
All that you left to do is to check the e-mail that you’ve filled in the previous step and check if there is a test e-mail:
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