How to send mails through your website

On shared web hosting server for security reasons it's not possible unauthenticated email sending through - i.e. - the simple mail() function.

To do it, you need to use through an authenticated external SMTP service, and so you need to use a specific library as, i.e., PHPMailer.

Various code examples to use PHPMailer: http://phpmailer.worxware.com/index.php?pg=examples

Basic example use:

require_once('../class.phpmailer.php');

$mail             = new PHPMailer(); // defaults to using php "mail()"

$body             = file_get_contents('contents.html');
$body             = eregi_replace("[\]",'',$body);

$mail->AddReplyTo("name@mydomain.com","First Last");

$mail->SetFrom('name@mydomain.com', 'First Last');

$mail->AddReplyTo("name@mydomain.com","First Last");

$address = "someone@yourdomain.com";
$mail->AddAddress($address, "John Smith");

$mail->Subject    = "PHPMailer Test Subject via mail(), basic";

$mail->AltBody    = "To view the message, please use an HTML compatible email viewer!"; // optional, comment out and test

$mail->MsgHTML($body);

$mail->AddAttachment("images/phpmailer.gif");      // attachment
$mail->AddAttachment("images/phpmailer_mini.gif"); // attachment

if(!$mail->Send()) {
  echo "Mailer Error: " . $mail->ErrorInfo;
} else {
  echo "Message sent!";
}
    

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