Wordpress droplet does not allow me to send SMTP e-mails

Posted June 17, 2017 4.2k views

I am using a WP droplet and trying to configure my GMAIL SMTP account on it (I was intending to use the WP-Mail-SMTP plugin, but somehow this is not working (my browser freezes even when I am trying to send the e-mail test from the plugin platform).

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Hi @marcosmilani

It might be because your DigitalOcean account is fairly new, which means that sometimes there’s a filter activated to block SMTP to avoid spam on the platform.
You need to contact Support via the control panel to get unblocked.

Another solution I would recommend that you have a look at SparkPost as an alternative way of sending mails via WordPress.

Thank you very much for the real quick reply. I’ve managed to contact support guys (which also replied really quickly) and the problem is now solved =)

Same problem, unfortunately my smtp port is still blocked even though I messaged them.

Hello all,

What I could suggest here is using an SMTP plugin for your WordPress site.

That way you will be able to specify an SMTP server with authentication which your emails would be going through. You could for example use SendGrid’s SMTP service. This would drastically increase the delivery rate of your emails as well compared to using plain PHP mail.

I’ve been using this plugin for a while now and it works very well: Easy WP SMTP.

Hope that this helps!

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