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I have never experienced a problem with the Dolphin mail system, but a lot of people seem to have issues with it. A great alternative is to install and use the SMTP Mailer Module, which will allow you to send mail using just about any email provider you want. It can be configured to use an email like you @ yourdomain .com, or even gmail like you @ gmail . com.

Basically you enter your email account credentials, and it will connect to the email account you specify and send it.

If you are having problems with the Dolphin mail system I would certainly give the SMTP Mailer Module a try.

You obviously need to install the SMTP Mailer Module in order to use it.

To do so login to the Dolphin 7.1 Administration Dashboard and go to:
Modules
-Add & Manage

Find the "Not Installed Modules" section in the center of the page. Scroll down until you find the SMTP Mailer. Check the box next to it. Then, scroll down a little more and click the "Install" button.

Install Dolphin 7.1 SMTP Mailer Module



Once it is installed you will find it in the "Modules" menu section on the left hand column of the Administration Dashboard.

Click on the SMTP Mailer Module to configure it for the particular email address you intend to use.

You will need to get this information from within your hosting account email section, or ask your host what you need to enter.

With cPanel you can find this information by going to "Email Accounts".

cPanle Email Accounts



Then, next to the email account you want to use for your Dolphin website click on the "More" link and choose "Configure Email Client".

Configure Email Client



Find the "Manual Settings" section.

You will generally find both SSL and Non-SSL settings.

If you want to use SSL SMTP, then use the "Secure SSL/TLS Settings" Column.

If you want to use Non-SSL SMTP, then use the "Non-SSL Settings" Column.

They look something like this:

cPanel SMTP Settings



Example for Dolphin SMTP Mailer and cPanel SSL Settings:
Enable SMTP mailer: checked
SMTP authentication: checked
SMTP username: you@yoursite.com
SMTP password: yourpassword
SMTP server name: name.yourhost.com
SMTP server port: 465
Is your SMTP server requires secure connection: SSL
'From' name of the message: Admin
Override default sender email address: you@yoursite.com
The last box you can check or uncheck it is up to you.
Save the changes.

cPanel SSL SMTP



Note:
The SMTP port could be 465 or another with SSL. You need to get that information from the manual settings area mentioned earlier. However, 465 is very common.


Example for Dolphin SMTP Mailer and cPanel Non-SSL Settings:
Enable SMTP mailer: checked
SMTP authentication: checked
SMTP username: you@yoursite.com
SMTP password: yourpassword
SMTP server name: mail.yoursite.com
SMTP server port: 25
Is your SMTP server requires secure connection: Not Secure
'From' name of the message: Admin
Override default sender email address: you@yoursite.com
The last box you can check or uncheck it is up to you.
Save the changes.

cPanel Non-SSL SMTP



Note:
The SMTP port could be 25, 26, or another with Non-SSL. You need to get that information from the manual settings area mentioned earlier.


For gMail:
Enable SMTP mailer: checked
SMTP authentication: checked
SMTP username: you@gmail.com
SMTP password: your-gmail-password
SMTP server name: smtp.gmail.com
SMTP server port: 465
Is your SMTP server requires secure connection: SSL
'From; name of message: Admin
Override default sender email address: you@gmail.com
The last box you can check or uncheck it is up to you.
Save the changes.

gMail SMTP Settings



Note:
The SMTP port 465 works with gMail at the time of this post.


Now Scroll down to the "SMTP Mailer Tester" and send yourself a test message, and check your inbox to verify you received it.

Dolphin 7.1 SMTP Mailer Test



If you do not receive the test mail double-check the settings and make sure you entered everything right. Just one little character entered wrong is all it takes.

 
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Tutorial by: Jeremy LeSarge (AKA Ray)

I am the owner and administrator of DialMe.com. I write Tutorials for Boonex Dolphin as well as tips and resources surrounding website programming and development. I enjoy working with WordPress, SEO, and Web Hosting / Servers. I also maintain a WordPress Blog here on this site where you will find a variety of technology and webmaster resources.

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