There are two recommended plugins for sending email via WordPress: Post SMTP or WP SMTP Config.
- Plugin installed via normal WordPress methods
- All configuration handled via wp-admin interface
- Logs last 250 emails sent via site by default (can be increased or decreased)
- Must be configured per site (either single or sub-site on a multisite network)
WP SMTP Config
- Single PHP file included as a Must Use (MU) Plugin
- Ideal for multisite installs
- No settings page, configured via
- No logging
- All email sent (including all sub-sites if configured on a multisite WordPress install) originates from same address
If all sub-sites should send via the same email address:
- Use the WP SMTP Config plugin.
If you want to set a default address but let sub-sites override if needed:
- Install and configure WP SMTP Config
- Install but DO NOT network activate Post SMTP plugins.
- Activate and configure Post SMTP on a sub-site by sub-site basis.
- Any email generated by the network will flow from the WP SMTP Config setup while any email generated within a specific sub-site will flow from the Post SMTP setup.
Single Site WordPress
Use the Post SMTP plugin.
Request Google Generic
Request/Register a generic account via https://webregistry.ncsu.edu. If you have an existing generic account that you would like to use, you are free do so. Keep G Suite sending limits in mind if the generic account is used for multiple purposes.
By October 31, 2017 all Google Generic accounts must be enrolled in Google 2-Step Verification; a method of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). We recommend any Google account being used to send email from a WordPress site be configured for 2FA.
Visit https://oit.ncsu.edu/it-security/2fa/ to learn more about Two-Factor Authentication and to find instructions on setting up Google 2-Step Verification.
Obtain an App Specific Password
An App Specific Password is a 16 character passcode that gives and app or device permission to access your Google account. When a Google Generic is protected by 2FA, an app specific password must be used to authenticate to either of the WordPress plugins.
Visit https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/185833 for instructions on generating and using App Specific Passwords.
Install WordPress Plugin(s)
Depending on whether you are running a Single site install or a Multisite install of WordPress you will need to install one or more plugins. Use the instructions below to complete your installation and configuration.