Testing an Outbound Port from Your Web Host

Mark Berry December 6, 2014

Recently I decided to install the WP Mail SMTP plugin into a WordPress blog to get around the shared server being blacklisted. The idea is to get WordPress to send emails through an external mail server after authenticating. However on one server, the test mail was failing:  I was getting a timeout error.

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SMTP Smarthost to Office 365 and Gmail

Mark Berry October 9, 2014

I use the Windows SMTP service to relay some mail to Office 365 and, from another site, to Google Apps Gmail. Here are some notes and links on both.

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Windows SMTP Service Not Sending Messages

Mark Berry October 9, 2014

On a Server 2012 R2 Essentials machine, I set up the SMTP service with a smart host to relay messages. The setup was identical to a working setup at another location. I could see in the SMTP logs that the server was accepting the messages, and they were accumulating in the Queue folder, but the logs did not show any attempt to make outbound connections.

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