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  • Hi, I’ve been trying to get blogging by email to work with no success.

    I tried using the built in function in 2.2.3. That only did titles, not posts.

    So I tried moving to Postie. That wouldn’t update automatically, only manually. I got my host (dreamhost) to check and amend the cron job. They believe it is correct:

    /dh/cgi-system/php5.cgi /home/server/user/blog address/wp-content/plugins/postie/get_mail.php >/dev/null 2>&1

    But no dice. I have got postie to test its install and it reports that everything is fine.

    I have now upgraded to 2.5 in the hope that the built in function works, but it doesn’t. I have tried turning Postie on and off, but it doesn’t help.

    How on earth does anyone get blogging by email to work? It works out of the box on blogger – why not with wordpress?

    All suggestions gratefully accepted. Bear in mind I am not technical. I just want to blog via email – principally from my phone.

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  • I have been having the same problem. My post is several pages back now. Apparently Gunholady is in the same boat.

    I did find a post with some fixes, and they seem to have worked for me!!!

    They talk about rewriting a word in the wp-mail.php file to ‘publish’ from ‘pending’.
    I just did the fix and it works perfectly for me now! whew!
    Before the fix, it seems to matter which email address you send from in order for the posts to be published automatically.

    I hope this helps!!!
    = )

    Thanks for this, AllieOop.

    I’ve tried it, but no change.

    I had all the email addresses I send blog posts from already set up anyway.

    Is there some setting in wp-mail that needs to be fixed? Or have I made a mistake with the cron job?

    Ach – this is a headache!

    OK – I seem to be making progress.

    What the postie support docs don’t, AFAICT, tell you, but the wordpress codex does, is that you need to put something in your footer to give Postie a nudge when mail comes in, specifically this:

    <iframe src=”http://yourblogdomain/wordpressinstalldir/wp-content/plugins/postie/get_mail.php?Submit=Run+Postie” name=”mailiframe” width=”0″ height=”0″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” title=””> </iframe>

    I simply opened the WordPress theme editor page, went for the footer, and pasted this into the top bit of the footer, just after the top line. Dunno if this was the right place but it seemed to work. I’m sure I’ve done this at least once before in this process, but there you go.

    Anyway – it seems to work now. Shame WordPress doesn’t do it out of the box.

    BTW – why does the codex describe adding the following to your footer as the right way to activate email posts…

    <iframe src=”http://yourblogdomain/wordpressinstalldir/wp-mail.php” name=”mailiframe” width=”0″ height=”0″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” title=””></iframe>

    … when in other posts on this forum this is described as a good way of overloading your server and potentially getting your email account blocked?

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