The goal of this tutorial is to send emails from WordPress using your Personal Outlook Email @outlook.com by using Fluent SMTP Plugin. If you have checked or reviewed my other article about Configuring Gmail with Fluent SMTP you will find it easier to follow this guide.
In order to proceed, there are a few things that are needed beforehand to configure Fluent SMTP with Outlook as below:
|Outlook Email Address||An existing firstname.lastname@example.org email address with a Password.|
|Administrative Permission||WordPress Administrator Role-based user access.|
|Firewall Status||Port 587 Opened.|
|TLS Support||TLS v1.0 v1.1 v1.2 v1.3 Support from the server where WordPress is hosted.|
Steps at a glance #
- Grab the Outlook Email Address and its Password
- Create a new Fluent SMTP Connection with Other Method
- Put necessary details and Save
- Test the Connection
Grab the Outlook Email Address #
Let’s assume our target Email Address to be configured is email@example.com and its password: I2X22AZ21
Create a new Fluent SMTP Connection #
Now it’s time to configure Fluent SMTP. Create a new SMTP Connection and the method is Other.
Put necessary details #
|From Email||The Outlook email address firstname.lastname@example.org|
|From Name||The Name is whatever you want to use. I am using Ibrahim Sharif.|
|Authentication||Yes. It’s better to store the Access keys in the Database.|
|SMTP Username||The Outlook email address email@example.com|
|SMTP Password||Email Password: I2X22AZ21|
Test the Connection #
Now it’s time to test the connection if it’s working or not! Go to Fluent SMTP > Email Test:
-> Use the From as your Outlook email just configured.
-> Send To where you want to receive the test email.
-> HTML should be turned on to avoid suspicious activity by Spam Filters.
Now click Send Test Email and check the destination Email Address.
In this case, the test email is received and we are done configuring the Outlook Email address to send WordPress emails using the Fluent SMTP Plugin.
Important Note #
It is highly recommended to configure a cronjob replacing WordPress Default PHP-based Cronjob to operate Email sending and other scheduled jobs smoothly.
Some hosting may not allow running a cronjob below 5 Minutes. But it is still better than a PHP-Based cronjob.
Emails landing in Spam Folder depend on numerous factors including IP reputation, Domain reputation, and Email Body Content.
Please feel free to ask questions, have discussions regarding configuring Fluent SMTP with Outlook in our Forum