How to Install and Set Up WP Mail SMTP in WordPress

Are you having trouble sending or receiving emails from your WordPress website? Though form submissions should arrive to your inbox without a hitch, you’ve noticed that you’re missing a few or all of your customer inquiries? This problem can be frustrating but thankfully there is an easy solution that will fix the issue and allow you to get back to running your business quickly.

WP Mail SMTP is a WordPress plugin that fixes your email deliverability by reconfiguring WordPress to use a proper SMTP provider when sending emails. This article will teach you how to install and set up WP Mail SMTP in WordPress.

Install WP Mail SMTP

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click Plugins then Add New in the navigation menu
    Add WP Mail SMTP plugin
  3. Type WP Mail SMTP in the available search field
    Search for WP Mail SMTP plugin
  4. You will see WP Mail SMTP by WPForms listed, click the Install Now button
    Install WP SMTP plugin
  5. Once it has been installed, click the ActivateActivate WP Mail SMTP plugin

Set Up WP Mail SMTP Email Settings

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click Settings then WP Mail SMTP
    WP Mail SMTP settings
  3. Enter your appropriate email address in the From Email field
    This email address should match your WordPress admin settings
    WP Mail SMTP From email field
  4. Check the box for Force From Email if you want to use this email for all transmissions from your site This will override settings in other plugins
    WP Mail SMTP Force Email Setting
  5. Enter the name you want your visitors to see in the From Name field
    WP Mail SMTP From Name Settings
  6. Check the box for Force From Name if you want to use this name for all sent emails sent from your site This will override settings in other plugins
    WP Mail SMTP Force From Name Setting
  7. In the Mailer section, choose Other SMTP
    WP Mail SMTP Other SMTP option
  8. Check the box to Set the return-path to match the From Email
    WP Mail SMTP Return Path
  9. Enter your secure SSL/TLS setting in the available field
    WP Mail SMTP email settings
    Below is an example of what to enter
    Option Example of Setting
    SMTP Host
    Encryption TLS
    SMTP Port 587
    Authentication Set to ON.
    SMTP Username (should be the same email address entered in the “From Email” section above)
    SMTP Password Enter the password for the email address you entered in the “SMTP Username” section above.
  10. Click Save Settings once you have entered your SMTP settings
    Save WP Mail SMTP settings
  11. You are finished when you see a message stating Settings were successfully saved
    Settings saved successfully WP Mail SMTP

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