[wp-hackers] Adding phpmailer options (smtp for example)

Moritz 'morty' Struebe morty at gmx.net
Thu Aug 30 12:18:01 GMT 2007

I'm much in favor of a Plugin. For one it shouldn't be to hard to write, 
overloading wp-mail() and because it's released much quicker (I'm really 
looking forward to this and thought about writing it my self, because I 
need it for my plugin). Once you have written the Plugin it should be 
little work to integrate it into the core.
If you need support just mail me. (I always appreciate when someone 
tests and gives me feedback on my code)

DD32 wrote:
> Being such a simple thing, I thought having it in core would be best, However, It does only affect a very small number of users, So maybe plugin would be better.
> But should a user have to install a plugin simply to get mail working correctly because of the server configuration? Generally WP tends to try to accomodate the most users(Such as the Backwards compatibility to PHP 4.3).
> On Thu, 30 Aug 2007 21:57:56 +1000, Callum Macdonald <lists.automattic.com at callum-macdonald.com> wrote:
>> G'day,
>> It would be possible to add it as a plugin. The change is only 2-4 lines
>> of code though, you simply comment out one line and add another 2 (4 if
>> you're using SMTP auth). I figured it would make sense to make it
>> available to all users rather than offering it as an add on.
>> However, happy to go with the consensus. So far I count +2 for a plugin.
>> Omry, do you have a view on it? Anyone else?
>> Cheers,
>> Callum.
>> Peter Westwood wrote:
>>> On 29 Aug 2007, at 23:46, Callum Macdonald wrote:
>>>> One of our sites had an issue today where it was dying with the error:
>>>> The e-mail could not be sent.
>>>> Possible reason: your host may have disabled the mail() function...
>>>> Investigating, I realise that phpmailer is bundled with WordPress and
>>>> it's configured to use PHP's mail() function by default. That seems
>>>> sensible, however, I think it would be useful to add some options to
>>>> allow the user to configure it's use. For example, to send mail by
>>>> SMTP and then specify a host (even a username/password).
>>>> Before I bash out some code and send a patch, I thought I'd ask for
>>>> feedback. Can anyone see any flaws in this plan? Would the options be
>>>> best implemented in the options database? Which admin screen would be
>>>> most relevant? If the user specifies an invalid server, how will that
>>>> affect the system? Is that more or less likely than mail() being
>>>> disabled?
>>>> I think the current default is sensible, but options would be useful.
>>>> If I don't hear anything in the next few days I'll write some code
>>>> anyway and we can take it from there.
>>> I don't think this kind of configuration is needed for 90% of users.
>>> Therefore it would be better as a plugin.
>>> I would suggest you try and write a plugin to achieve what you require.
>>> If you find you need extra actions/filters in WordPress in order to
>>> achieve the functionality within the plugin then let us know (tickets
>>> in trac) and I am sure they will be added.
>>> Cheers
>>> westi
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