WP SimpleMail is an email client built into your WordPress dashboard.
- Works with any IMAP compatible email service, including Gmail. If you are unsure if your mail service is supported, post in the Support Forum
- Multi-User Support allows your users to connect to their own mailboxes, either on the same or on an entirely separate mail server, as well as manage their own preferences.
- Track contacts using the Address Book. With multi-user enabled users can share their contacts with other users by making their lists public.
- Automatically store commenter names and email addresses
- Visit the Support Forum if you have any questions before purchasing the plugin.
Requirements: WordPress 3.2+, PHP IMAP Extension
This plugin has not been tested with versions of WordPress earlier than 3.2. The plugin also requires that the IMAP extension is enabled.
After your purchase you should receive a download link. Make sure to save your download link as you will need it to download updated versions of the plugin. After you have extracted and uploaded the files you can activate the plugin. Once the plugin is activated a Email Settings link should appear under the Settings menu in WordPress. Navigate to the Email Settings page to configure the plugin.
For help configuring SimpleMail, visit the Support Forum
Before you can check or send email you need to configure SimpleMail. After activating the plugin a new set of options will appear on your dashboard sidebar. Under Email click Configure. There are 4 options that are critical to connecting to your mail server: Host, Flags, Username, and Password.
Host is your mail server address and port formatted as [address]:[port]. Address can be an IP, domain, or localhost. Port is your IMAP port (usually 143). Here are some examples of what your host address might look like:
Username is the username for your email account. Typically this is your email address (ie firstname.lastname@example.org), but not necessarily. Password is the login password corresponding to the username.
Flags are additional parameters supplied the the imap_open function used the create the IMAP stream. If you are unsure what flags to use, use the default values. See the debugging connection section below if you can’t connect.
Debugging Connection Issues
Before making any modifications to the flags setting, make sure that the host, username, and password are 100% correct. Ensure that you are using the correct port number. 143 is the default, but might not be correct in all cases. Also verify that IMAP is supported by your mail server. If you are certain all other information is correct, the issue may be with the flags setting. If the connection still fails and you are unsure what flags to use request help in the Support Forum.
If you experience longer load times when using the WordPress dashboard after installing the plugin it may be because of a slow connection between WordPress and the mail server. Disabling notifications will prevent WordPress from attempting to connect to the mail server when not viewing a mailbox directly. Note that the plugin will never impact WordPress’ performance for non-email users.
While the plugin does support POP3 connections, there is no guarantee that it will work correctly. You should only use POP3 if IMAP is not supported.