Do you want to configure your WordPress SMTP settings for outgoing emails, but you’re not sure where to start?
It’s definitely worth setting up an email provider to add authentication and stop your WordPress emails from going to the spam folder.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up WordPress SMTP by yourself. If you’re not confident in doing that, we’ll also explain how to get our team to handle WordPress email settings for you!
Where Is the SMTP Setting in WordPress?
By default, WordPress doesn’t have native SMTP settings. In order to configure SMTP on your WordPress for emails, you’ll want to install the WP Mail SMTP plugin.
WP Mail SMTP takes over the default method of sending email in WordPress which uses the unreliable PHP mail system.
In effect, WP Mail SMTP reconfigures your site’s mail function so that it uses SMTP rather than PHP mail.
This is much more reliable because SMTP includes the necessary authentication details to your messages to ensure successful email delivery.
When you install WP Mail SMTP, it’s important to complete our Setup Wizard. If you don’t, WP Mail SMTP won’t have any effect.
We’ll show you exactly how to complete the Setup Wizard below, in the section called Method 2.
How to Configure Your WordPress SMTP Settings for Emails
Let’s take a look at 2 ways to set up your WordPress email settings using WP Mail SMTP.
We’ll start with the easiest option!
Method 1: Get Full White Glove Setup for WordPress SMTP
Setting up WordPress SMTP can be pretty overwhelming if you’re a beginner. If you’re not confident setting up email in WordPress, you can just leave the task to experts.
That’s why WP Mail SMTP provides a full White Glove Setup service. It makes the WordPress mail server setup effortless.
Note: Our White Glove Setup service is only available to WP Mail SMTP Elite users.
Our White Glove Setup service includes complete configuration and testing for your new email provider using your verified email account.
That means we’ll:
- Add your preferred From Name and From Address
- Set up all of the required DNS records with your hosting providers
- Test mailer so you know your WordPress emails are delivering properly.
If you want to use WP Mail SMTP without the hassle and have your email delivery issues fixed once and for all, this is likely the best option for you.
To get setup assistance, see how to request White Glove Setup.
How to Get White Glove Setup for WordPress SMTP
If you want to go ahead with White Glove Setup, you’ll want to purchase the WP Mail SMTP Elite license.
You can purchase a new license now, or upgrade your Pro license in your WP Mail SMTP account.
Next, you’ll want to choose your mailer.
All set? Start the White Glove Setup process right now in your WP Mail SMTP account. Head to the Downloads tab, then click Apply for White Glove Setup to let us know you’re ready to begin.
If you’d prefer to configure WordPress SMTP settings yourself, let’s walk through the process next.
Method 2: Add WordPress SMTP and Email Settings Yourself
The second option is to configure WordPress SMTP settings yourself. This is slightly time-consuming for beginners, but we’ve already created custom setup docs for every email provider to help you with the setup process.
This method works with any version of WP Mail SMTP.
Install the WP Mail SMTP Plugin
First, install WP Mail SMTP if you haven’t done that already.
If you’re upgrading from Lite to Pro, you can paste your license key into the field on the plugin settings page to automatically upgrade.
If you’re new to WP Mail SMTP, log in to your WP Mail SMTP account and switch to the Downloads tab.
You can download the latest version of the plugin file by clicking the orange button.
Now, log in to the WordPress dashboard and upload the plugin to install it. If you need help with this, check out this guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Once the plugin is installed, be sure to Activate it. This will launch the Setup Wizard in your browser.
Connect to a Mailer Service
In this step, we’ll connect your website to a mailer service of your choice.
Click the Let’s Get Started button to begin the Setup Wizard.
Now it’s time to start the WordPress mail server setup process.
If you aren’t sure which email provider to use, we have some tips that might help:
- For general usage, we recommend SendLayer, SMTP.com, or Sendinblue. These are professional transactional email providers with either a free trial or a completely free plan.
- Other SMTP is a good option if you want basic email sending through an external SMTP server. It also provides strong encryption with TLS and SSL standards. But keep in mind that some hosts, including GoDaddy and A2 Hosting, may block external SMTP connections.
- Our Gmail mailer is perfect if you have a Gmail or Google Workspace account. Setting up this mailer takes a little longer than some of the other options, but it allows you to send email from any Gmail alias in WordPress.
Once you have chosen a mailer, go ahead and select it in the wizard.
Now it’s time to create your account with your preferred mailer and connect it with your WordPress site. We’ve created detailed documentation for each email provider to make this really easy.
Click on your provider in the table below to open the documentation page in a new tab and follow the steps to configure WordPress email settings.
|Mailers available in all versions||Mailers in WP Mail SMTP Pro|
|SMTP.com||Microsoft 365 / Outlook.com|
|Google Workspace / Gmail|
You’ll find complete instructions in the docs above, such as which SMTP port to use (if you choose Other SMTP), connect your email service with WP Mail SMTP using an API key, and how to configure WordPress SMTP settings overall.
When you’ve set everything up and verified that everything is working OK with your test email address, switch back to this guide to follow the remaining steps in the wizard.
3. Enable Email Logging
After you’ve successfully added your WordPress email settings, WP Mail SMTP will ask you which features you’d like to enable.
There are 2 features enabled by default:
- Email deliverability
- Error tracking
If you have the Pro version, you’ll also be able to turn on the Detailed Email Logs and Weekly Email Summary notifications.
Detailed Email Logs will track the headers, subject line, and other information about the email.
It’s a good idea to enable extra features like email logging when setting up email in WordPress using WP Mail SMTP. With Email Log enabled, you get:
- Full logging of the email content and headers
- Open and click tracking
- Save sent email attachments
- Email resend
- Email log export in CSV, XLSX, or EML format
- Status reports for each email sent from your site.
These email logging features are really useful for a variety of scenarios. For instance, if you’re running an online store with WooCommerce, you can audit order emails easily with the complete email logs at your disposal.
Check out how to log WordPress emails to see how it works.
For the final step, copy the license key from the WP Mail SMTP account and paste it into the box to enable Pro features and future updates.
That’s it! You’ve done everything to configure SMTP settings on your WordPress website for outgoing emails.
Finally, we’ll show you one of our most useful Pro features: how to resend emails from WordPress. If any of your WordPress email notifications fail, this feature makes it easy to retry them.
However, the steps below are optional and not necessary to configure WordPress email.
4. Resend Emails Using WP Mail SMTP
If a WordPress email fails, or you want to forward it, WP Mail SMTP makes it easy to resend any email with just a few clicks.
This feature is available in the Pro license or above.
To set up email resend, we need to make sure that you’re logging the entire contents of your emails first.
Let’s check that in WP Mail SMTP » Settings.
Next, click the Email Log tab to open your email log settings.
On this page, make sure you have the following settings enabled in the plugin’s Email Log settings page:
- Enable Log: This should already be enabled on your site, but check it now if it isn’t.
- Log Email Content: This setting logs the entire body of the emails WordPress sends.
- Save Attachments: This will also save a copy of any sent email attachments.
Now you’ll want to send an email from your site so you have some data in your email log. For example, you could submit a message from your site’s contact form, or register a new user.
Once that’s done, we can test the email resend feature.
First, open WP Mail SMTP » Email Log to view your log entries.
Now click on View Log for any email that you want to resend.
In the email log screen, click the Resend button under Actions on the right sidebar.
A popup will appear to confirm the email recipient. You can change the recipient or add multiple email addresses separated by commas.
Click YES and WP Mail SMTP will resend that email to all addresses you type in.
If you want, you can also resend emails in bulk. To do that, you can select the emails and use the dropdown on the main email log screen to send them again.
This feature is ideal for resending failed emails quickly. It’ll automatically resend them to the email address they were originally sent to.
If all of your emails are failing to send, you might have made a mistake during the configuration.
You can troubleshoot the problem by using a test email to make sure there are no errors in the settings you’ve entered.
That’s it! You now know how to configure your WordPress SMTP settings to send email without issues.
Next, Check Your DNS Settings
If your DNS settings are not properly set up, you may notice your WordPress emails go to spam.
The DNS settings are usually held by your hosting company or domain registrar. You can start by creating a DMARC record for your domain. This will save your domain from being used to send phishing emails.
If you want to set up Gmail SMTP authentication you can see this article on sending WordPress emails from Gmail Alias.
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