The only two WordPress SMTP Plugins that you ever need

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If you want to implement e-mail sending functionality in your WordPress site without any reliability issues or without the nuisance of mails going to the user’s Spam/Junk folder, it’s recommended to use SMTP instead of the default WP mailing function(which uses the default PHP mail function) .

I would recommend you to use SMTP even if you are only having a simple contact form and you love dependability.

Here are the two most recommended plugins that I’ve used and in the order of my preference:

WP Mail SMTP

This plugin reconfigures the wp_mail() function to use SMTP instead of mail() and creates an options page that allows you to specify various options.

You can set the following options:

  • Specify the from name and email address for outgoing email.
  • Choose to send mail by SMTP or PHP’s mail() function.
  • Specify an SMTP host (defaults to localhost).
  • Specify an SMTP port (defaults to 25).
  • Choose SSL / TLS encryption (not the same as STARTTLS).
  • Choose to use SMTP authentication or not (defaults to not).
  • Specify an SMTP username and password.

Configure SMTP

Use this plugin to customize the SMTP mailing system used by default by WordPress to handle outgoing e-mails. It offers you the ability to specify:

  • SMTP host name
  • SMTP port number
  • If SMTPAuth (authentication) should be used.
  • SMTP username
  • SMTP password
  • If the SMTP connection needs to occur over ssl or tls
Regardless of whether SMTP is enabled, the plugin provides you the ability to define the name and e-mail of the ‘From:’ field for all outgoing e-mails.