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  1. #1
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    Mail server for PHP

    Is it possible to use my ISP's mail server to send outgoing email through PHP or do I need an actual mail server installed on the system? I use my home PC for PHP development but I don't have a mail server installed on the machine itself as I just use my ISP's incoming/outgoing mail servers for e-mail.

    EDIT: Using Windows XP Pro if that matters.
    Last edited by Eiolon; 12-28-2006 at 05:51 PM.

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    Since you have PHP installed on Windows XP, it is actually very easy to use PHP to send emails.

    Note: I have not tested the following configurations on IIS. Personally, I use Apache2 and works like a charm.

    You can do this in two ways.
    1- Open php.ini in your favourite editor and edit the following line (around 602)

    SMTP = localhost
    You should add your SMTP server there. Personally, I use my ISP outgoing mail server and works like a charm.

    2- Add the following code in the page you wish to use to send emails.

    PHP Code:
    Note: replace YOUR_SMTP_HERE with your ISP outgoing mail server.

    If you are using outlook, then just use the outgoing smtp server and that should get it working.

    Good luck.


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