Do you want to change the sender email address and name in WordPress?
In WordPress, your default sender name is “WordPress” and the email address is “[email protected],” but this isn’t ideal for several reasons.
In this article, we’ll show you the easiest way to change your WordPress email and sender details, and why it’s important to do that.
Why You Should Change the Default Sender Name and Email in WordPress
You should change the default sender name and email in WordPress to fix email deliverability issues, correctly receive email notifications, and ensure the authenticity of your emails.
By default, WordPress uses “WordPress” as your sender name and “[email protected]” as your domain name.
These sender details don’t reflect your real information and point to an email address that may not even exist.
This means that you won’t be able to receive email notifications about your WordPress site. These usually include important information like new user signups, critical website errors, and more.
Besides, your outgoing emails to users will end up as spam and never reach your customers’ inboxes. And even if some emails reach their inboxes, your users will only see an unbranded email address that they can’t even reply to.
All these things prevent you from monitoring your website status, building brand recognition, and earning the trust of your customers.
The good thing is, it’s very simple to change WordPress email sender details and use an authenticated email address. Let’s see how to do that in the steps below.
How to Change Email Sender Details in WordPress
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1. Install WP Mail SMTP
WP Mail SMTP is the best SMTP plugin for WordPress. Using this plugin, you can quickly change your WordPress sender information without adding any complicated code. What’s more, this plugin is trusted by millions of users to solve issues like wp_mail function not working for their WordPress sites.
To get WP Mail SMTP, open your WP Mail SMTP account area, click on the Downloads tab, and then press the Download WP Mail SMTP button.
Once downloaded, open your WordPress dashboard and move your cursor over Plugins. When the menu box expands, click on Add New. Next, click Upload Plugin.
Then, press Choose File to select the downloaded WP Mail SMTP zip file. Once selected, click Install Now.
After the plugin has finished installing, click on Activate Plugin under it.
As soon as WP Mail SMTP activates, it will automatically launch the Setup Wizard. You can also manually launch the Setup Wizard by navigating to WP Mail SMTP Settings and scrolling down to find the Launch Setup Wizard button under the Mail section.
The Setup Wizard will allow you to connect your domain to an email service provider and change your From Email and From Name.
2. Choose and Configure Mailing Service
The first step after launching the Setup Wizard is to choose a mailing service. By default, WordPress uses PHP mail, which is very unreliable for sending emails.
Choosing a dedicated SMTP mailing service will help authenticate your emails. This ensures that your outgoing emails aren’t flagged as spam and reach your customers’ inboxes every time.
To choose your mailing service, launch the Setup Wizard as explained in the steps above and click on Let’s Get Started.
For this tutorial, we’ll use Sendinblue as our mailing service. Sendinblue is an excellent choice for smaller websites because it’s easy to set up and allows 300 emails a day for free. You can learn about the key features of different mailers in this post on transactional email service providers for WordPress.
Click on Sendinblue to move to the next step. Now, click on Get Started with Sendinblue button to begin the signup process.
The above button will take you to Sendinblue’s signup page. Follow the on-screen instructions and fill out the form details (such as your name, email address, company name, address, etc.).
Note: Make sure to create your Sendinblue account with a domain-specific email address that you own. For example, we would use [email protected]
Select your plan to complete the signup process for Sendinblue.
Now you’ll need to authenticate your domain in order to effectively use Sendinblue and guarantee email deliverability. See this guide to learn how to authorize your domain with Sendinblue. When finished, return to this post for the next steps.
We strongly recommend authorizing your domain. Doing so will prevent your emails from going to the spam folder and improve email deliverability.
Add Your Mailer API Key
After your domain is authenticated, you’ll need to enter an API key for Sendinblue. To get the API key, open your Sendinblue account and click on your name on the top right to open the menu. Then click on SMTP & API in the menu that opens.
This will open a page where you can create your API key. Click on the link as shown in the image below.
Next, Sendinblue will ask you to name your API key. You can choose any name, but it’s helpful to use a name that relates to your domain somehow. Click on Generate after entering a name for your key.
Now, a new window will open, which will have your API key. Copy this key and keep it somewhere safe (like a password manager) because you can only view this in Sendinblue once.
Once copied, return to the window where WP Mail SMTP Setup Wizard is open and paste the API key in the following field:
3. Set Up the Sending Domain (Optional)
The sending domain setting is optional, but it can be helpful to set it up. This setting checks for any errors on your domain end, such as misconfigured settings or missing SPF records.
To enable this feature, enter the domain name that you just authenticated in Sendinblue in the field provided.
This feature can help you quickly diagnose and fix any email issues you might face, so it’s always a good idea to set it up.
4. Change From Name and From Email Settings
You’re finally ready to change your From Name and From Email for WordPress. Scroll down in the Setup Wizard to find the From Name setting. Here, you can change your From Name setting to anything you’d like.
The name you choose here will appear in outgoing emails that your WordPress site sends to customers. You can also select the Force From Name setting to apply the same name for all outgoing emails across your WordPress site.
Next, scroll down to find the From Email setting. All of your website’s emails will be sent from the email address that you enter in this setting. You should use a domain-specific email address at the domain that you earlier authenticated with Sendinblue.
As before, you can select the Force From Email setting to use the same From Email across your WordPress site.
5. Use Gmail Aliases As Default Sender Addresses (Alternative Method)
With WP Mail SMTP, you can also use Gmail aliases as your default email addresses. This can be very handy if you’d like different plugins to use unique aliases to send email notifications.
For detailed instructions on how to achieve this, see our guide on how to send WordPress emails from a Gmail alias.
And that’s it! You’ve now successfully changed your WordPress email sender information with WP Mail SMTP.
Next, Enable Email Tracking
Do you want to track when an email is opened and a link within your emails is clicked by customers?
With WP Mail SMTP, you can easily track WordPress emails and know if your customers are performing your desired actions with your emails.
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