Joomla 2.5 can send email using both the PHP mail() function and with standard SMTP authentication. If you try to use the standard PHP mail() function but your server does not support it, you may receive the following error:

Could not instantiate mail function

To resolve this issue, we recommend setting up Joomla to use SMTP Authentication rather than the PHP mail function().

Problem: Could not instantiate mail function
Solution: Setup Joomla to send email using SMTP Authentication
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Could not instantiate mail function

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2014-07-13 9:24 pm
Hello Moses,

Did you follow the link provided as a solution to this error?
Setup Joomla to send email using SMTP Authentication

If that did not work, please comment on that article with any specific issues you had so we can assist you.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M

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