Post is a next-generation SMTP Mailer, software that assists in the delivery of email generated by your WordPress site. Post is the first and only plugin to support the latest security standards. With OAuth 2.0, there is no need to store your email passsword in the WordPress database where it might be found.
Post is one year old! SparkPost API Integration is coming soon as Mandrill is no longer offering a free service.
The Connectivity Test and intelligent Setup Wizard scan your SMTP server to detect firewall blocks and eliminate configuration mistakes. The built-in Email Log is an invaluable resource for diagnosing problems with emails. Even hosts that block the standard SMTP ports, like GoDaddy or Bluehost, can’t stop your email as Post can deliver via HTTPS if it can’t use SMTP.
Post is not another WP Mail SMTP clone like WP Bank or Easy SMTP. It replaces the default WordPress SMTP library, PHPMailer, with the heavy-duty Zend_Mail. Never lose an email to PHP mail() again.
- Easy-to-use, powerful Setup Wizard for perfect configuration
- Commercial-grade Connectivity Tester to diagnose server issues
- Log and resend all emails; see the exact cause of failed emails
- Supports International alphabets, HTML Mail and MultiPart/Alternative
- Supports forced recipients (cc, bcc, to) and custom email headers
- SASL Support: Plain/Login/CRAM-MD5/XOAUTH2 authentication
- Security Support: SMTPS and STARTTLS (SSL/TLS)
- Copy configuration to other instances of Post
OAuth 2.0 Features
- Supports the proprietary OAuth 2.0 implementations of Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo
- Fire-and-forget delivery continues even if your password changes
- Gmail: By combining OAuth2 and the Gmail API, Post can deliver where other plugins can not
WebService (HTTPS) Email Features
- Gmail API for sending Gmail and Google Apps email (requires a Google account)
- Mandrill API for sending any email (requires a Mandrill account)
- COMING SOON: Sparkpost API for sending any email (requires a Sparkpost account)
- SendGrid API for sending any email (requires a SendGrid account and PHP 5.3)
Post needs translators! If you are a non-English speaker, please get involved!
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- SendPress Newsletters
- WP HTML Mail
- Email Templates
- WordPress Leads
- .. and every other plugin that uses the WordPress API wp_mail to send mail!
- WordPress 3.9 and PHP 5.2 with SPL and iconv
- Memory: 750KiB per process at idle
- Reliable mail delivery with custom email domains requires an SPF record
- Reliable SMTP delivery requires credentials with an email service provider
- OAuth 2.0 features require a Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo mail OAuth 2.0 credentials
Grant OAuth permission error messages
Please note that the Client ID and Client Secret fields are NOT for your username and password. They are for OAuth Credentials only.
Error authenticating with this Client ID. [Error executing wp_remote_post: The user has blocked requests via HTTP.]
Your WordPress site is configured with WP_HTTP_BLOCK_EXTERNAL to prevent outbound connections. Add a whitelist rule to wp-config.php:
define(‘WP_ACCESSIBLE_HOSTS’, ‘www.googleapis.com, login.live.com, api.login.yahoo.com’);
Error authenticating with this Client ID. [Error executing wp_remote_post: Failed to connect to xxxx]
There is a firewall on port 443 between you and the OAuth2 server. Open up the port for outbound connections.
- You did not enter the Redirect URI correctly, watch the instructional video
- You used an IP address instead of a domain name (not allowed)
Error: invalid_client … no support email
SMTP Error Messages
Communication Error  – make sure the Envelope From Email is the same account used to create the Client ID.
- This is almost always caused by being logged in to Google/Microsoft/Yahoo with a different user than the one Post is configured to send mail with. Logout and try again with the correct user
- Login to Webmail and see if there is an “Unusual Activity” warning waiting for your attention
Could not open socket
- Your host may have installed a firewall between you and the server. Ask them to open the ports.
- Your may have tried to (incorrectly) use SSL over port 587. Check your encryption and port settings.
Operation Timed out
- Your host may have poor connectivity to the mail server. Try doubling the Read Timeout.
- Your host may have installed a firewall (DROP packets) between you and the server. Ask them to open the ports.
- Your may have tried to (incorrectly) use TLS over port 465. Check your encryption and port settings.
Your host has likely installed a firewall (REJECT packets) between you and the server. Ask them to open the ports.
503 Bad sequence of commands
You configured TLS security when you should have selected no security.
XOAUTH2 authentication mechanism not supported
You may be on a Virtual Private Server that is playing havoc with your communications. Jump ship.
Mail ends up in the Spam folder
To avoid being flagged as spam, you need to prove your email isn’t forged. On a custom domain, its up to YOU to set that up:
- Ensure you are using the correct SMTP server with authentication – the correct SMTP server is the one defined by your email service’s SPF record
- If you use a custom domain name for email, add an SPF record to your DNS zone file. The SPF is specific to your email provider, for example Google
- If you use a custom domain name for email, add a DKIM record to your DNS zone file and upload your Domain Key (a digital signature) to, for example Google
WordPress Dashboard showing both the Post widget and At a Glance widget
Emai Log screen
Connectivity Test utility screen
Diagnostic Information screen
Main Settings screen – shows Main Menu and current status (new installation)
Setup Wizard (step 1) – Import data from other plugins
Setup Wizard (step 4) – Connectivity Test
Manual Configuration – Account Settings: Password Authentication
Manual Configuration – Account Settings: OAuth 2.0 Authentication
Manual Configuration – Message Settings
Manual Configuration – Advanced Settings
Test Email utility screen – Oops! Wrong password