Are you not receiving email notifications when someone submits your WordPress contact form? If you’re looking for reliable email deliverability, you should use SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) in WordPress. In this article, let’s take a detailed look at different SMTP plugins that fix the WordPress not sending emails issue.
Why WordPress Doesn’t Send Emails
WordPress uses the PHP mail function to send emails generated by WordPress or any contact plugin like WPForms. However, many WordPress hosting servers are not configured to use the mail function.
Additionally, in order to reduce spam, your email provider often checks whether your email is originating from the location it claims to be originating from. For example, if your email server is yahoo.com but your email claims to be sent from your website’s domain, chances are your form notification will be blocked before it even reaches the spam folder.
This is why we recommend using SMTP to send emails from WordPress instead of using the default PHP mail function.
SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is an industry standard way to send emails that use the proper authentication method to ensure email deliverability.
Our Top 7 Recommended SMTP Options:
Tons of different options are available in the WordPress official plugins repository that let you configure WordPress to send emails, but not all of them are reliable.
While some options are easy to configure, others require you to create an account on their site. Let’s take a look at a few of them below.
Easy to Configure SMTP Plugins
You may want to choose this option if you’re looking for a quick and easy solution to set up SMTP on your site.
- Pros: You can start receiving email notifications using SMTP by simply specifying SMTP ports and entering your email login credentials in the plugin settings.
- Cons: This faster approach will store your email account’s login credentials in your WordPress dashboard, so other WordPress administrators can have access to your credentials and they are less secure.
1. WP Mail SMTP: SMTP Setup
2. Gmail or G Suite
6. WP SES