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  • I have a setup where users can register themselves and WP is supposed to email them the password. What is required on the linux box for this to happen? Do I have to be running sendmail or how does WP deal with connecting to an external smtp server? Thanks.

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  • Did you ever find the aswer to this? I’ve been trying to get WP on my OS X box to send e-mail out and i can not get it working. I’ve looked at the support forum and seen the question asked a number of times but never answered. Where do I set my SMTP server, port, user, etc? Or must I run SendMail on this server as well? I’ve been able to fairly easily figure out everything else with WP but this one setting, and it is driving me crazy!

    The bad news is that normally, WP relies on PHP’s mail() function, which requires a sendmail (or Postfix) installation on your system.

    The good news is that you can install the wpPHPMailer plugin. From the plugin’s homepage: “Enable WordPress to send e-mail via SMTP instead of via PHP’s mail() function (aka sendmail).”

    Plugin: wpPHPMailer


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