How to configure an SMTP server
To set up a mail client it's necessary to configure an SMTP server that will take care of the delivery of your emails. Luckily, the configuration of SMTP servers is generally very easy - you will simply have to open your email software and add the right SMTP parametres in the settings windows.
Remember anyhow that using a standard SMTP – the one which is associated to free email providers like Yahoo, Hotmail or Gmail – doesn't ensure the correct delivery of all your messages (in particular if you're sending to a huge number of recipients),
That's why we recommend to choose a professional SMTP service: with turboSMTP you can register and get a lifetime package of 6.000 free relays per month, then in case choose the plan that best suits you.
And here's the standard procedure of SMTP configuration, in four steps:
1. Select the voice "Account Settings" in your mail client, generally in the "Tools" menu.
2. Choose the "Outgoing server (SMTP)" voice:
3. Push the "Add..." button in order to set a new SMTP. A popup window will appear:
4. Now simply fill the voices as follows:
- Description: an informal name that you will decide to identify the server (best to use the email provider's, like Gmail or Yahoo).
- Server Name: the actual SMTP server's specification. You can find it either consulting the web page of your provider, or searching for it on our list of server POP and SMTP.
- Port: usually SMTP works with port 25, but as the screenshot shows it can work also with 587. For further information, check out our article about SMTP ports.
- Connection security: in itself, SMTP email transfer doesn't provide an encryption. So if you want to make your connection more secure, it's a good choice to use a STARTTLS or SSL/TLS extension, that employ a separate port for encrypted communication.
- Authentication method: there's a certain number of methods (passwords, CRAM-MD5, KERBEROS etc.).
- User Name: your email address.