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  • Hey everyone,

    I will be leaving the country in the fall and will have very limited access to the internet, although I will have decent access to my e-mail. I would like to update my blog via e-mail and followed the steps I found here on the wordpress site, however I am having many problems.

    For one, whenever I send the e-mail, it goes into my posts as “pending review”. This is a problem since I won’t be able to log in to the wordpress and approve every e-mail, which is the whole point of posting by e-mail in the first place. Why is it doing this?

    Secondly, there are strange = signs and =20 showing up in the posts. I have checked the sent e-mail and everything is fine, but they show up fairly constantly. Why are equal signs and equal 20’s showing up?


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  • Brandon,

    I’ve been able to successfully post (without it going to pending review) via email. What version of wordpress are you using?

    Also, the strange characters or text may be coming from your email editor… it’s best to just do plain text and add in HTML markup. Make sure you’re not using rich text when emailing a post.

    Eric, thanks for the response.

    I am using 2.6. I checked the settings and can’t find anything for requiring a review before allowing the post.

    I checked wordpress and it is set to rich text. I didn’t have any html in the examples I sent but the setting of rich text may have messed it up. I will check that, thanks for the recommendation.


    Actually, I meant I checked outlook express, the e-mail client I am using. It was set to rich text

    Any ideas on having the posts go through without approval?

    I’m still trying to get this fixed. Any help on the post requiring review issue would be much appreciated

    Same problem here. Posting via email works like a charm on WP 2.5.1, except that I have to go into WP every time and set a post from “pending review” to “published” to actually appear on the page.


    There are 2 ways to get this to work on WP 2.6.2.

    Option 1
    Edit the code from wp-mail.php to allow all posts as published.

    // Set $post_status based on $author_found and on author's publish_posts capability
    	if ($author_found) {
    		$user = new WP_User($post_author);
    		if ($user->has_cap('publish_posts'))
    			$post_status = 'publish';
    			$post_status = 'pending';
    	} else {
    		// Author not found in DB, set status to pending.  Author already set to admin.
    		$post_status = 'pending';

    This is probably not a smart or safe thing to do.

    Option 2:
    Create a user account for the email account you use to blog from. The Username will be the actual email address ( The issue here is that if you use multiple email addresses then you must register them all within WordPress but this is the same if you let multiple people post in your blog.

    Also don’t forget to set the account as “author”.

    This problem is particularly difficult for me.

    I travel a lot as well, and while on the road if a thought comes to me, i want to be able to send it via blackberry. However, I don’t want spam machines flooding my blog, so i can’t just open the publishing.

    I don’t require registration, but i was told an author had to be approved once to be able to post freely.

    But it hasn’t happened that way. I made a comment via the secret emailing name….approved it.

    but it still won’t auto-publish emailed posts.


    Ahhhh! I found the fix…it was option 2. It works like a charm. However, the registration email has to be where the email is coming from. So if i am emailing via blackberry, then it has to be my blackberry email.

    but yes, you were correct, each email has to be registered!!

    case closed for me!

    Is it possible to post via email in HTML? (instead of visual mode)

    I had problems with this but found out it was because I was trying to text my post in to the email account I set up for posting from. I found a helpful explanation here

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