If you are a blogger you might be knowing about WordPress, which is a reputed blogging platform. WordPress allows you to receive the comment notifications through email, for the comments made by your readers.
This feature is really useful, as you no longer need to login to WordPress for checking comments awaiting moderation and can directly check from your mailbox.
But there seems a problem for many wordpress.org users of not able to receive any comment email notification. This problem arises when you upgrade WordPress to the latest version, or the PHP mail() function or SMTP isn’t working.
Here is an easy fix to solve out this problem. I’ve tried it out for Gmail and it worked like a charm.
1. Go to your hosting cPanel and create a new email account as email@example.com. Replace “yourdomain.com” with whatever your domain name is. eg: firstname.lastname@example.org. Set up your username and password.
2. Now download and install Cimy Swift SMTP plugin and activate the plugin.
3. Then Configure SMTP plugin under Settings or Tools in your WordPress sidebar.
- Enter the Sender e-mail and Username as email@example.com. Replace “yourdomain.com” with your domain name.
- Password will be the same as the one generated in step 1.
- SMTP server address will be mail.yourdomain.com.
- Choose port as 465 (Use for SSL/TLS/GMAIL)
- Set SSL or TLS to TLS (Use for Gmail)
4. Now click on Save Changes.
Below save changes you can Test whether your mail server is working or not. Just enter the email address to which you want to receive email notifications.
If you receive an email after this test, then it means your mail server is ready to receive comment notifications via email.
5. Then go to WordPress settings > discussion option and choose your desired settings. Check the box parallel to E-mail me whenever option.
6. Last step. Open your profile from the top right corner of WordPress panel.
In contact info enter the email address to which you want to receive comment notifications.
7. Click Update profile at the end. That’s it
Now you will get comments notification waiting for moderation right at your email box. This also fixed the problem of Contact form which was previously not working.
I’ve tried it out on my Gmail account.
Hope you’ll find this trick useful. Please give your feedback if you try it out.