Prerequisites

  • A WordPress website
  • Administrator access to the WordPress dashboard
  • An account with an SMTP service provider (e.g., Gmail, SendGrid, Mailgun, etc.)

Step 1: Install and Activate the FluentSMTP Plugin

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Navigate to “Plugins” > “Add New” in the left sidebar.
  3. Search for “FluentSMTP” in the search bar.
  4. Locate the “FluentSMTP” plugin by WPManageNinja, and click “Install Now.”
  5. After the installation is complete, click “Activate.”

Step 2: Configure the FluentSMTP Plugin

  1. In your WordPress dashboard, go to “FluentSMTP” > “Settings” in the left sidebar.
  2. Choose your desired SMTP service provider from the list.
  3. Enter the required credentials for your SMTP service provider. These may include:
    • SMTP Host (e.g., smtp.gmail.com for Gmail)
    • SMTP Port (e.g., 587)
    • Email Address (e.g., yourname@example.com)
    • Password or API Key (obtained from your SMTP provider)

Note: The specific credentials and settings depend on the SMTP provider you choose. Visit your provider’s documentation for detailed instructions.

  1. Enable the “Use SSL” or “Use TLS” option if your provider requires a secure connection.
  2. Click “Save Changes.”

Step 3: Test Your SMTP Settings

  1. In the FluentSMTP settings page, click the “Email Test” tab.
  2. Enter a recipient email address to send a test email.
  3. Click “Send Email” and wait for the test results.
  4. If the test is successful, you will see a green “Email Sent” message. Otherwise, check your SMTP settings and provider documentation to troubleshoot any issues.

Step 4: Configure Additional Settings (Optional)

The FluentSMTP plugin offers advanced features that you can configure based on your requirements. Some of these settings include:

  • Email routing: You can set up multiple SMTP service providers and route outgoing emails based on specific conditions.
  • Email log: You can enable email logging to store and review sent emails in the WordPress dashboard.
  • Bounce handling: You can handle bounced emails by setting up a webhook for your SMTP service provider.

Conclusion

You have now successfully added SMTP functionality to your WordPress website using the FluentSMTP plugin. This will improve your site’s email deliverability and ensure that your emails reach their intended recipients. Remember to keep your plugin updated and regularly monitor your email logs for any potential issues.