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By: Ashton Sanders

WordPress Plugin Settings: Contact Form 7

Jul 8 2011

Filed under: Email,Webmaster,Wordpress

I’ve used Contact Form 7 on a number of websites.

I dislike the default settings for the contact form because I like to realize when emails I get are from my website. (Also email providers like to see that the from address is actually from the same server where that domain is.) These settings also make it easier to reply to the website visitor.

Here’s what I change the Contact Form settings to:

Subject: Website Contact Request: [your-subject]
Additional Headers: Reply-To: [your-name] <[your-email]>

Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

PHP Mail Fail on Windows IIS Server

Jun 28 2011

Over the years I’ve transferred a number (too many) PHP websites to Windows servers running PHP (or have had to install PHP apps on a windows server, etc.). One of the biggest problems I always run into when using PHP on a Windows IIS Server is that the PHP Mail Function doesn’t work.

The solution is to change from using the PHP Mail Function to using Authenticated SMTP delivery. In essence, you’ll set up your web app to act like Outlook or Thunderbird to connect to an emailbox directly. This app obviously won’t download any emails; just send them.

You can search for “PHP SMTP email” to get some good solutions to how to handle this with a Pear script.

If you’re using WordPress, though there’s a very simple WordPress Plugin called WP-Mail-SMTP that does all the hard work for you. All you need to do is enter your server information and select your settings.

I just used it, and it took 5 minutes to setup and test.

By: Ashton Sanders

AWeber Email Marketing Review

Apr 25 2009

Filed under: Email,Review

AWeber is a very popular web-based email marketing service.

What is an email marketing service?

An email marketing service is a company that does all of the technical aspects of maintaining an email/newsletter list. If you want to start sending out an email newsletter, since it is one of the best ways of marketing on the internet, there are many email marketing services that will handle the removes, bounces, ESP whitelisting, and all of the other tasks a large email newsletter sender would have to do.

The down side of using any email marketing service is that you have to follow their rules and do thing their way. So it’s very useful to know how the different email service providers work so you can make an intelligent decision on which one to use, as there are many of them.

Aweber Email Marketing


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By: Ashton Sanders

Keeping your Email Address Away from Spammers

Aug 17 2007

Filed under: Email

There are many ways that spammers use to acquire email addresses. Some set up fake websites that request emails, and say they’ll give you a 1337″ flat screen TV if you do. Others buy the addresses or hack databases for them, etc.

Some have bots that search the internet for email addresses. The bots search a web pages code for “*@*.com” for example (where * = any amount of characters.) Some bots also search for “mailto:*@*.com” which is the HTML code that you would use to allow a user to click on the link to email you.

Is there a solution? Yes there is! You can replace the certain characters that the bots search for with their html entity code.

For example:

“&#109;” translates into “m”

Phoenix Development put together a little form that will automatically turn your email address into unrecognizable gibberish, that will be translated fine by an Internet Browser.

Email Encoder

-“Spammers are annoying”
-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

What is Email Spoofing?

Jul 23 2007

Filed under: Email

This is the first post about email spoofing.

What is Email Spoofing?

Email spoofing is when someone uses your email server to send out spam to other recipients. A lot of the time, the only way you find out you’re getting spoofed is if you have a catch all account, and they send a spam email to a non existent email address… then you get the bounce back. Yes, it is very annoying, especially if they are sending out thousands of spam a day, and you get hundreds of bounce backs.

-Ashton Sanders

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