In order for WordPatch to send emails, first-time users will be required to configure their mailer settings. Follow the instructions below to either configure or reconfigure your WordPatch mailer settings.
Navigating to the Mailer Configuration Wizard
Head to the WordPatch settings page and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Configure Mailer button. If this is not your first time configuring the mailer settings, the button will instead be labeled Re-configure Mailer.
Mailer Configuration Settings
Once presented with the Mailer Configuration Wizard, use the inputs on the page to specify settings for sending emails. In most cases, WordPatch is able to determine the majority of the settings automatically from the run-time environment. However, in some cases (i.e., SMTP password) the user will need to manually input this information to protect your website’s security. In other cases, you may want to change the values automatically predetermined by WordPatch to better suit your needs regardless of what they may be.
During the mailer configuration process, you may be required to step through one or more steps. Simply click Next when you are ready to go to the next page.
Basic Mailer Settings
WordPatch can send emails in a number of ways. The options are:
JointByte: This is the recommended option provided to our subscribers at no additional cost, which sends the emails using JointByte’s servers to prevent hiccups.
Mail (PHP Mail): This option uses the built-in PHP function mail() to send emails directly through the web server.
SMTP: This option allows you to send emails using an SMTP server.
Sendmail: This option allows you to send emails using Linux’s sendmail package.
Mail To Address
The mail to address is the email address that should be sent WordPatch-related emails. It is highly recommended that you specify your site administrator's email address.
Mail From/Reply-To Address
The mail from/reply-to address is the email address that will be displayed as the sender of WordPatch-related emails. You can use a nonexistent/noreply email address, but it is recommended that you use a working email address here.
SMTP Mailer Settings
The SMTP host is the hostname or IP address that should be used when connecting to the SMTP server. You should not include the port number here.
The SMTP port is the port number that should be used when connecting to the SMTP server.
The default value is: 25
The SMTP SSL option allows you to specify whether or not to use SSL when connecting to the SMTP server.
The SMTP authentication option allows you to specify whether or not to use authentication when connecting to the SMTP server.
The SMTP username is the username that should be used when authenticating to the SMTP server.
The SMTP password is the password that should be used when authenticating to the SMTP server.
Validate & Save Settings
Once you have specified your mailer settings, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next. Your settings will be validated and you will be asked to click Next once more to save the settings permanently.