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Wordpress one click install on DO- email not working

I am trying to get Wordpress to send emails and have gone through the following tutorial: https://www.postmm.com/web-development/how-to-set-up-wordpress-on-digital-ocean/

and no emails are being sent from my droplet.

I pasted this command: nc -vz smpt.gmail.com 25

and it hangs and gives me: nc: connect to smpt.gmail.com port 25 (tcp) failed connection timed out and another: …Network is unreachable

Any advice on this matter would be much appreciated. thanks


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Hello,

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 SMTP settings. 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.

Also sometimes port 25 will be blocked for droplets on new accounts. This is something we have been doing to reduce spam on our network. Please do not think that we are accusing you of sending spam, it is more that we simply cannot accurately determine who is going to send it.

Stopping spam is a constant fight, so we have implemented some restrictions on newer accounts. To qualify for the ability to send out email, we do require accounts to wait 60 days before we can look into removing the restriction. Once your account has reached 60 days of stable use, please do reach back out to us so we can look into this for you.

Hope that helps! Regards, Alex