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How to Post to Your Blog via Email?

May 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Email Service, How to, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Tips

Did you realize that you can post to your blog via email? WordPress allows you to post your article(s) via email. But first you need to configure your WordPress through its Dashboard. More specifically click on Settings/Writing; go half way down, you can see the following statement:

Post via e-mail

To post to WordPress by e-mail you must set up a secret e-mail account with POP3 access. Any mail received at this address will be posted, so it’s a good idea to keep this address very secret. Here are three random strings you could use: dU)Xlo7PFeA%, W3QDkr1M*eL2, (d$b^h1QxZsq.

The question is: how can you set it up to use it? Post to Your Blog Using Email provides details of how to make it work. I was able to follow the instructions below to make mine work:

  • Login to your WordPress’ Dashboard.
  • Click on Setting/Writing.
  • Create a new email account on your web host’s mail server.
  • In Mail Server, type in your new email account you’ve just created. Something like mail.example.com; make sure you change example to be your real domain name; leave the port as 110.
  • In Login Name, type in something like login@example.com; here change login to be your new email’s login name and change example to be your real domain name.
  • In Password, type in your new password you’ve just created.
  • Choose the default category.
  • Make sure you click Save Changes to save it.

In order to publish those email messages on your blog, you still need to set up WordPress to do the job. Either you activate your browser manually or activate your browser automatically. I prefer to use automatic browser activation because it will save your headache that you don’t need to send an email to your new email account every time you send a new post.

This is how I’ve done it and I find this is the easiest way: add the following code in your footer.php file right above <?php wp_footer(); ?> line. You can open footer.php file by clicking on Design/Theme Editor/ from your WordPress Dashboard.

<iframe src="http://www.yourblogdomain/wp-mail.php" name="mailiframe" width="0" height="0" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title=""></iframe>

where you must change yourblogdomain to be your own blog domain name. If your blog is resided in your website’s sub-directory, then make sure you follow your blog’s absolute path. Alternatively you may use Postie Plugin, and WP-Cron Control plugin to publish those email messages on your blog. Learn how from Post to Your Blog Using Email.

Now it comes to the verification, you need to send an email to the new account you’ve just created. To see the result, you have to refresh your browser to see the new post. For some reason, my testing post showed up on my post list but with the status stated as pending review.

Update: I’ve just found out that in your WordPress acoount, you need to have the same email address as the one you’ve used to send an email to your web server. So if you send an email using login@example.com, then login to your WordPress’ Dashboard, click on Users/Your Profile/; in E-mai, type in login@example.com as well. This way you’ll be able to publish your email message(s) directly on your blog. I’ve just tested mine out and it works. If you have any doubts, feel free to leave your comments here.

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