How to send smtp email through wordpress without plugin

Many people want to sent the email through smtp from wordpress. WordPress uses the PHPmailer in there CMS. But many wordpress developer dont know how to use the wordpress phpmailer functionality. Using PHPmailer you can send the email using STMP service.

Many people use the wordpress plugins for sending the email. But I recommend not to use any wordpress plugin code for this. Because many of wordpress plugin code are not necessary and that will not useful for your wordpress application.

Here in this article I will show you how to sent email using wordpress with SMTP settings.

Use the following code for this:

// SMTP email sent
require_once ABSPATH . WPINC . '/class-phpmailer.php';
require_once ABSPATH . WPINC . '/class-smtp.php';
$phpmailer = new PHPMailer();
$phpmailer->SMTPAuth = true;
$phpmailer->Username = 'Username';
$phpmailer->Password = 'password';

$phpmailer->IsSMTP(); // telling the class to use SMTP
$phpmailer->Host       = ""; // SMTP server
$phpmailer->FromName   = $_POST[your_email];
$phpmailer->Subject    = $_POST[your_subject];
$phpmailer->Body       = $_POST[your_message];                      //HTML Body
$phpmailer->AltBody    = "To view the message, please use an HTML compatible email viewer!"; // optional, comment out and test
$phpmailer->WordWrap   = 50; // set word wrap
$phpmailer->AddAddress('', 'Wordpress support');
//$phpmailer->AddAttachment("images/phpmailer.gif");             // attachment
if(!$phpmailer->Send()) {
 echo "Mailer Error: " . $phpmailer->ErrorInfo;
} else {
 echo "Message sent!";

Use the above code for sending the email from wordpress. With godaddy hosting service above code is very useful for creating the contact us page.

Many wp developers asked me where to add the above code. So here is answer. You can create wordpress theme template page. Like contact us page and add the above code in that page according to your requirement.

If you are having any issues or question about using the code then please write to me.

  • Cameron

    You didn’t say how you’re sending the $_POST[your_message] variable. Could you give an example of that? Say you want to email a post you just wrote to someone. How would you go about sending the text of that post through the phpmailer you’re showing?

    • Sony

      I did not get your question exactly. Can you tell me what you want to do with the script.

  • Millard Lymaster

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  • wptemplates


    thanks for the tutorial. one question though … what would be the username and password. is it email username and password or domain username and password or wp admin username and password or what?

    • Wordpress API

      For sending email dont use the wp admin username and password. You need get that from your hosting provider. (ask them for give smtp details for email address of your domain)

  • Joaquin Pov

    This post makes a lot of sense !

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  • Dane

    Where do I insert the code?

  • Anibal Mehr

    I was just having a conversation over this I am glad I came across this it cleared some of the questions I had.

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  • Joaquin Pov

    Good! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog?

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    I’ve just started off a blog, the knowledge you give on this site has aided me extremely. Thank you for all your time & work.

  • sameera

    I got this error “SMTP server error: sender rejected by administrator ” any one can help?

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  • Anthony


    What file do you insert this code into?


  • Mrinal Nandi


    I just solved the smtp send mail problem from wordpress using a little bit coding. I didn’t used any plugin and didn’t found any configuration setting in wordpress for SMTP (I am new in WP). I did it for my gmail account.
    Here is the code snippet which I placed just bellow line no. 405 (with the content “$phpmailer->IsMail();”) and in the function “wp_mail” in wordpress_installation_folder/wp-includes/pluggable.php file.

    $phpmailer->SMTPAuth = true;
    $phpmailer->IsSMTP(); // telling the class to use SMTP
    $phpmailer->Host = “ssl://”; // SMTP server
    $phpmailer->Username = ‘';
    $phpmailer->Password = ‘placed_my_password_here';
    $phpmailer->Port = 465;

    It worked fine for me and definitely will work for you, too.

    But my question is that, Is there any setting already for SMTP in the wordpress admin panel? Can anyone tell me plz?

  • ReasonRefills

    Can you tell us WHERE to put this code? which document does this go in?