SMTP, your website forms, and notifications

Joseph PoirierEmail Marketing, Websites

Are your website form notifications not getting to your inbox? SMTP should fix that.

Email communication has become an essential aspect of our daily lives (says Captain obvious), and it is also an essential part of any website that aims to provide effective customer service or user engagement. SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is a protocol that is used to send emails between servers and email clients. When a form is completed on your website and you’re expecting an email notification ‘from’ your website, eventually you’ll need an SMTP integration.

What is SMTP?

SMTP is a protocol that is used to transfer email messages between servers and email clients. It is an Internet standard for email transmission and is used by all email service providers. SMTP is responsible for delivering email messages from the sender’s server to the recipient’s server. It uses a set of rules and commands to transfer emails, which are known as SMTP commands.

smtp explanation imageSMTP works in conjunction with other protocols such as POP3 (Post Office Protocol Version 3) and IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol), which are used for receiving emails. SMTP is a simple and reliable protocol that has been in use for many years and has become the standard for email transmission.

Why do you need SMTP for your website forms?

If you have a website that includes forms, such as a contact form or a sign-up form, you will need SMTP to ensure that the form submissions are delivered to the correct email addresses. When a user fills out a form on your website and clicks the submit button, the form data is sent to the server that hosts your website. The server then uses SMTP to send the form data to the email address that you have specified.

Without SMTP, your website would not be able to send emails, and your website forms would not function correctly. This means that you would not be able to receive form submissions, and your users would not receive any confirmation emails or other emails that your website is designed to send.

In addition to enabling your website to send emails, SMTP also provides a secure way of sending emails. SMTP supports encryption and authentication, which help to prevent spam and unauthorized access to email accounts. This means that your website forms can send emails securely and protect the privacy of your users’ personal information.

SMTP has quickly become an essential protocol if you’re sending emails between servers/email clients/websites/apps.  If you have a website that includes forms, you will need SMTP to ensure that your website can send emails correctly. SMTP provides a secure way of sending emails, which helps to protect the privacy of your users’ personal information. By using SMTP, you can ensure that your website forms function correctly and that you can provide effective customer service and user engagement.

Author: Joseph Poirier

Joe built his first website in 2003. Way back then, he moved his Real Estate company into email marketing and then social media marketing on MySpace – yes, you read that right – MySpace. Since then, he’s stayed immersed with all digital marketing channels and is a guru at ‘all things Google.’ Analytics, SEO and simplifying/optimizing complex sales funnels are his passions in the digital world, while his daughter, fishing, and various non-profits rule his free time.