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:

Outgoing server settings

   3. Push the "Add..." button in order to set a new SMTP. A popup window will appear:

SMTP server settings

   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.
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