With the next Barcamp Bangalore looming round the corner, I’d pitched in to help with some of the website tasks. I installed the traditional WAMP stack with WAMP Server for Windows and started working with WordPress. Needed to get the email notifications working, saw that it wasn’t. Bit of research & found that I’d need a SMTP server or an equivalent of sendmail.
All the cool kids seem to be using Fake sendmail – I tried it to use with Gmail’s SMTP servers which uses authentication & TLS. Fake sendmail either would crash repeatedly or give a Socket Error # 10060 Connection timed out error.
Finally, after much trawling the Intarwebz, going through many forums & Stack Overflow posts, finally found this blog post which recommends using stunnel.
So this is what my php.ini settings look like:
[mail function] ; For Win32 only. ; http://php.net/smtp ;SMTP = localhost ; http://php.net/smtp-port ;smtp_port = 25 ; For Win32 only. ; http://php.net/sendmail-from sendmail_from = <the gmail id> ;C:\wamp\bin\sendmail ; For Unix only. You may supply arguments as well (default: "sendmail -t -i"). ; http://php.net/sendmail-path sendmail_path = "C:\wamp\bin\sendmail\sendmail.exe -t"
Yes, all parameters, except for sendmail_form & sendmail_path are commented. They are set in sendmail.ini & stunnel.
smtp_server=localhost smtp_port=25 ; SMTPS (SSL) support ; auto = use SSL for port 465, otherwise try to use TLS ; ssl = alway use SSL ; tls = always use TLS ; none = never try to use SSL smtp_ssl=none auth_username=gmail username auth_password=gmail password
; Certificate/key is needed in server mode and optional in client mode cert = stunnel.pem socket = l:TCP_NODELAY=1 socket = r:TCP_NODELAY=1 key = stunnel.pem [ssmtp] accept = 465 connect = 25 [gmail-smtp] client = yes accept = 127.0.0.1:25 connect = smtp.gmail.com:465