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.

Chanakya Quotes worth learning

Here are some of the most popular quotes from Chanakya.

“A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and Honest people are screwed first.”

“Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.”

“The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody! It will destroy you.”

“There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no Friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.”

“Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.”

“As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.”

“Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.”

“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.”

“Whores don’t live in company of poor men, citizens never support a weak company and birds don’t build nests on a tree that doesn’t bear fruits.”

“God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.”

“A man is great by deeds, not by birth.”

“Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.”

“Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends.”

“Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.”

“Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.”

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Pragmatic Programmer Tips Sheet – Noteworthy ones that no Developer or Consultant can push aside

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As a tech consultant to some of the IT companies, I’ve always felt that the companies(and employees) could have minimized or eliminated many of their headaches if they had implemented some of the ideas given below…

Here are some straight lifts from The Pragmatic Programmer

Provide Options, Don’t Make Lame Excuses
Instead of excuses, provide options. Don’t say it can’t be done; explain what can be done.

Be a Catalyst for Change
You can’t force change on people. Instead, show them how the future might be and help them participate in creating it.

Make Quality a Requirements Issue
Involve your clients in determining the project’s real quality requirements.

Critically Analyze What You Read and Hear
Don’t be swayed by vendors, media hype, or dogma. Analyze information in terms of you and your project.

Program Close to the Problem Domain
Design and code in your client’s language.

Always Use Source Code Control
Source code control is a time machine for your work—you can go back.

Test Your Software, or Your Clients Will
Test ruthlessly. Don’t make your clients find bugs for you.

Gently Exceed Your Users’ Expectations
Come to understand your users’ expectations, then deliver just that little bit more.

Work with the Client to Think Like a Client
It’s the best way to gain insight into how the system will really be used.

Why it’s good to keep your mouth shut sometimes ?

A little bird was flying South for the winter. It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung and promptly dug him out and ate him!

Moral of the story: When you’re in deep shit, keep your mouth shut!

Why you should think Local before going Global ?

There were three tailors doing business on Tailor’s Street, in a far, far away city.

One of them, trying to get more customers to his shop, painted a big sign outside,
stating:

Here is the best tailor in town.

Clients crowded to his door for the next two weeks. Seeing that, the second tailor
down the street, painted another sign himself, stating:

Here is the best tailor in the world! 

So, for the next two weeks, all the clients moved from the first shop to his, making
him busy and happy…

Seeing all his neighbors drifting from one of his competitors to the other, the third
tailor wrote his own sign, getting all the customers only to himself further on:

Here is the best tailor on this street!

 

Moral of the story: You should be having self awareness (about your business) and also think local first!

How to do nothing and still save yourselves ?

Thought of posting some management lessons for some kick..Will be posting more in the coming weeks…So stay tuned…

Lesson 1:

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day.

A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?"

The crow answered: "Sure, why not." So the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Management Lesson: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

How Dumbos climb the corporate ladder ?

In the corporate world(big or small), you will find lots of imbeciles sitting at the top. You may have wondered how they had reached the top ?

I would like to explain the phenomena with the help of a management story…

Story:

It’s a fine sunny day in the forest and a lion is sitting outside his cave, lying lazily in the sun. Along comes a fox, out on a walk.

Fox: "Do you know the time, because my watch is broken"
Lion: "Oh, I can easily fix the watch for you"

Fox: "Hmm… But it’s a very complicated mechanism, and your big  claws  will only destroy it even more." Lion: "Oh no, give it to me, and it will be fixed"

Fox: "That’s ridiculous! Any fool knows that lazy lions with great claws cannot fix complicated watches     

Lion: "Sure they do, give it to me and it will be fixed"

The lion disappears into his cave, and after a while he comes back with  the watch which is running perfectly. The fox is impressed, and the lion continues to lie lazily in the sun, looking very pleased
with himself.

Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the lazy lion in the sun.

Wolf: "Can I come and watch TV tonight with you, because mine is broken"
Lion: "Oh, I can easily fix your TV for you"

Wolf: "You don’t expect me to believe such rubbish, do you? There is no way that a lazy lion with big claws can fix a complicated TV.

Lion: "No problem. Do you want to try it?"

The lion goes into his cave, and after a while comes back with a perfectly fixed TV. The wolf goes away happily and amazed.

Scene :

Inside the lion’s cave. In one corner are half a dozen small and intelligent looking rabbits who are busily doing very complicated work with very detailed instruments. In the other corner lies a huge lion
looking very pleased with himself.

Moral : IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY A MANAGER IS FAMOUS; LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES.

Management Lesson in the context of the working world : IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY SOMEONE UNDESERVED IS PROMOTED; LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES

Why you must disconnect the negative terminal of your car battery first ?

Whenever you work on a car battery, always disconnect the negative terminal first and not the positive and when re-connecting, connect the positive first.

The reason is pretty simple: If you accidentally touch the engine-bay or any other grounded metal part of the car with the positive, nothing will happen. But if the negative terminal is still connected, and if you happen to touch any metal, it would result in disastrous consequences(which I don’t need to explain even to a high-school grader) since the battery will be conducting several hundred amperes.

What exactly makes Entrepreneurship so hard ?

Lack of a boss.

Period.

 

The lack of a higher authority to give you your next todo item is the single most-important factor that makes entrepreneurship so hard. In school, you have a clearly defined schedule and you have teachers who give you homework which provides something concrete to do everyday. Then they have exams, a definite end point of the whole yearly effort. In college, you have required classes, projects and exams that keep you sane and provide a safety net from being direction less.

Boss is always right, even if he is wrong

In corporate world, your boss sets your todo list. Most likely, every day when arrive at your desk and check your email you have something definite to do, failure of which is likely to annoy your boss. Day after day, the todo list keeps you busy, happy and gives a clear indication of progress.

But entrepreneurship is different. You have NO boss. Nobody would care if you are slacking a bit, nobody would care if you failed to meet your targets, no body would care if your performance is falling month after month. Being self-motivated over a period of years non-stop is hard. Unlike corporate world, you have to set your own agenda for every single day and you have to meet self-defined targets. What makes it even more dangerous that there is no-one (expect you) to notice that you failed to meet targets. There is no-one to do a review meeting or feedback session. It is just you!

That is what makes entrepreneurship so hard.

Article by Paras Chopra