OpenCart allows you to send emails through the OpenCart Dashboard. This is a great feature that allows you to email customers about new items added to your website, promotions you may be running, or anything else you wish. If you already have configured the mail settings for OpenCart or followed the steps in this page to configure your mail settings you can send emails.

  1. Log into your OpenCart Dashboard
  2. Go to System > Settings
  3. Select your Store Name by checking the box next to it and select "Edit" in the far right
  4. Click on the Mail tab
  5. Fill in the settings as needed. Normally you will simply leave the mail protocol set to "Mail". If you are use the "Mail" protocol you do not need to fill in any settings below beyond the defaults. If you use the "SMTP" protocol you will need to fill in the settings below:
    Mail ParametersEnter your email address with "-f" in front of it. Example:
    SMTP HostThis is the email server host name. InMotion customers most often will use the format where is replaced with your domain name.
    SMTP UsernameThis is the full email address of the account you wish to use. Example:
    SMTP PasswordThe password for the email account used in the SMTP Username field.
    SMTP PortPort number used for connection. Typically 25 or 587.
    SMTP TimeoutThe tiem (in seconds) allowed before the connection times out.
    New Order Email AlertSend a email to the store owner when a new order is created.
    New Account Email AlertSend a email to the store owner when a new account is registered.
    Additional Alert EmailsAny additional emails you want to receive the alert email, in addition to the main store email. Separate email addresses with commas.
  6. Click "Save" in the upper right corner

If you need further assistance please feel free to post a question on our support center.

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n/a Points
2014-10-05 10:29 am

Hello, it works fine with "mail", but if I use SMTP - no emails in my inbox.

My webhosting company advises me absolutely to use SMTP.

What I can do?

20,848 Points
2014-10-06 8:56 am
Hello Volker,

You may need to be a bit more specific. Are you referring to the protocol? Both 'mail' and 'smtp' should work.

"SMTP settings" are ones used for outgoing mail. You can find them all here.

If you are referring to the host name, where we advise '', then '' does not work on our servers as they are specifically set up for ''. Other hosts have been know to use '' so if you have a different host and they should have it set up like that, you may need to speak with them.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2014-10-08 4:58 am

Thank you very much for your answer.

Yes, I referring to the protocol.

Now I am in the situation: Opencart support says - hosting settings are wrong.

My hosting says - opencart settings/plug-in are wrong. Great....

10,994 Points
2014-10-08 8:40 am
Hello Volker,

Thank you for contacting us. I could not locate an account on our server, so I was not able to investigate further.

I recommend reviewing your email logs for issues, at the time you are submitting the form. If you are hosted on our servers, our Live Support team would be happy to help you review the servers email logs.

This allows you to determine if the emails are being delivered, or failing before leaving the server.

If you have any further question, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
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2014-10-30 7:53 am


Can you also tell me where I can alter the standard text in these outgoing mails? I have some incorrect lines in my other languages. For instance it shows text_order in stead of the ordernumber etc. I need to add or alter these lines in my other languages, but I cannot find where and so I cannot compare them with the standard English language...

Do you know which file? It's not in english/mail, already checked there. Thanks...

10,994 Points
2014-10-30 2:35 pm
Hello Pamela,

Thank you for your question. I spent quite a while looking for a solution this, and the best options seems to be a 3rd party module such as OpenCart email management system multi-language.

That plugin "allows you to make any email template which exist in opencart using this module you can modify any email like confirmation mail to customer during Account Registration, Account Affiliate, Affiliate Forgot Password, Affilate Program, Forgot Password, using shortcode you can add extra variable. in this you can html email template also in support multi-language ."

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,

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