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  • Hi guys,

    I really need some help from someone who actually uses Google Apps for their email on a WP site.

    I have a WordPress/ BuddyPress site that I am moving to a dedicated server and I want to move my email from being hosted on the server, to being hosted on google Apps Mail.

    I’ve set up a Google Apps account (which you now have to pay for on a PER USER basis) and I have set the main email address to

    I am using Nicknames for other email addresses my site uses to catch all incoming email to those.

    Now the part that I can’t get my head around is the SMTP part.

    I know to use SMTP that I have to install an SMTP plugin (or can I just set up some other files without a plugin?).

    Does using SMTP totally cut out the server you are hosting on to send email?

    Also, many of these SMTP plugins allow you to specify a from name and email address.

    My site runs a couple of plugins that send email out from the site under different addresses, so I have the default emails for notifications etc going out under, but other plugins use addresses such as and

    Will email still be sent under these addresses, or will the address specified in the SMTP plugin take over all of them?

    Sorry to sound like such a noob, but this whole email thing seems to be the most complex thing I have tried to get my head around in a long time!

    Any advice in plain English would be amazing!

    Thanks in advance!

    Ross 🙂

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