Are you receiving every single form email notification? With WP Mail SMTP, you will reliably receive all of your WordPress emails and know which form notifications are getting triggered.
In WordPress, you need dependable emails so you don't miss any leads. With some WordPress form plugins, if an email is lost, your lead goes with it. Gone forever.
Even if your form leads are saved in a database with a form plugin like Formidable Forms, you may still rely on form email notifications. Need to send or receive critical form confirmation emails? Don't risk losing them to WordPress email problems with your mail server.
Why should I use a WordPress email plugin?
Unfortunately even with the best WordPress hosting, you may still have trouble with WordPress not sending emails. When emails are sent with the PHP Mail function, email deliverability issues will always be looming.
The good news is that the WP Mail SMTP plugin offers many ways of fixing email problems. The new premium version includes several easy ways of getting SMTP or transactional emails up and running quickly, securely, and reliably.
How to fix your WordPress email problems
For the rest of this post, I'll show you how to solve your WordPress email problems with the WP Mail SMTP plugin.
Step 1 – Install WP Mail SMTP in WordPress
Start by installing and activating the WP Mail SMTP plugin. To do this, open your WordPress dashboard, click Plugins → Add New. Search for WP Mail SMTP and hit Install Now and then Activate.
Step 2 - Configuring plugin settings for SMTP
Once the plugin has been installed and activated, go to WP Mail SMTP → Settings in your admin menu. This will bring up a range of different options to configure.
Fill in the following fields:
- From Email – this is the email address you wish to send communications from
- From Name – the name you want your emails to come from
Step 3 – Enter your SMTP email details
The next step is to enter the SMTP details for your email account. The Other SMTP option is less secure than the others. This is the traditional SMTP that doesn't use an API.
Note: If you choose Gmail, the Reply-to option in your form settings will not be used. Gmail does not allow this to be customized.
Once you’ve selected an option for the Mailer, a new section will appear. Fill in all the details your chosen mailer requests.
Step 4 – Send a test email
Once all your settings have been updated, send a test email to make sure it's working. Open up WP Mail SMTP → Settings and click Email Test.
Here, you can enter your email address and click the Send Email button. Once the email is sent, you will see a success message on screen. Check your inbox to make sure you've received the test email. If you are struggling to find the email, be sure to check the spam/junk folder just in case.
That's all there is to it!
Activate the WordPress email log
Once the SMTP settings are complete, the email logging can be invaluable for solving future email problems. This log will give you a ton of benefits.
- Know if an email is getting triggered
- Resend and forward emails
- Debug during site development
- Store copies of emails for your records
- Audit outgoing emails
To enable email logging, go to WP Mail SMTP → Settings → Email Log. This will bring up two options.
Click Enable Log to keep a record of basic details for all emails sent from your site. This will let you view general information such as subject, date sent, status and technical information such as headers, TO, CC, BCC for all emails too.
Next, you might want to click Log Email Content to keep a record of all content for emails sent from your site.
This content will include personal information such as plain text passwords so you’ll need to think carefully before enabling this option due to security concerns.
Once you’ve selected your options, click Save Settings.
How to view the WordPress email log
To view the Email Log, go to WP Mail SMTP → Email Log in your WordPress sidebar menu. All new emails sent from your site will appear here.
That's all there is to it! I hope this tutorial has helped you set up a great SMTP system with an efficient way to log form notification emails.
Once you know your emails are sending, you can setup email autoresponders and notifications. With Formidable autoresponders, you can set up automatic email responses to each person who submits a contact form on your WordPress site.
Once your WordPress email problems are solved, you can spend your time growing your business.