If you have been with us for a while, you know we would always recommend the WP Mail SMTP plugin in your blog. It is one of the most trusted and popular WordPress SMTP plugin. And thankfully, WP Mail SMTP can be integrated with popular email services like Sendgrid, Mailgun, etc…
Plus, it can be also linked with Amazon SES. In this post, we are going to show you how can you integrate WP Mail SMTP with Amazon SES.
How WP Mail SMTP work with Amazon SES?
Before that let’s have a look at how can WP Mail SMTP help you in this situation.
Let’s move to the tutorial.
How To Integrate WP Mail SMTP With Amazon SES?
The first thing we need to do is, get the premium version of WP Mail SMTP. Right now, 4 premium plans are available for the plugin.
If you are running only 1 website, you could easily purchase the Pro plan. If you need more powerful integrations, you might want to choose a higher plan.
Purchases can be done through your credit card or PayPal account. Once you got purchased the plugin, log in to your WP Mail SMTP account, download the latest version of WP Mail SMTP.
A valid license key is required for enabling automatic updates for the plugin.
Now head back to your WordPress blog, install and activate the plugin. Like I said above, activate your premium copy with the license key.
It’s time to create an Amazon SES account.
When you don’t have an SES account, go to this page.
While registering, you might want to enter your credit card details on the website. They offer 12 months of free service. You won’t be charged a single penny if you haven’t exceeded the limit.
From your address, the system will figure out the best region according to your address. Or, you need to choose one.
You have successfully created an AWS account. The next thing you need is an IAM user.
Go to the login page and enter your AWS account’s email address.
After signing in to the dashboard, you need to add a user to the account. All you need to do is, enter a username. Check the below screenshot as an example.
You could use a format like domain_wpmailsmtp. Well, that’s totally up to you! Set the access type as programmatic access. A button will be on that page labeled permission. Click on it.
Now, configure the user permissions. Choose the attach existing policies directly settings and search for AmazonSESFullAccess.
Make sure that the policy is enabled for the user. Select the next: tags button and it will redirect you to the next page. No configuration needed there. So, we could easily skip it. Click on the next: review button.
Here, you will be able to see all the details. Check everything and click on the create user button. You will see a success message now. Plus, they will give you an Access key ID and secret access key for you.
It’s time to be in production mode. Click on this link and choose the service limit increase option.
You will be redirected to the case classification form.
Fill the form carefully. In the end, a case description field will be available.
Submit the form once you are ready.
In your WordPress dashboard, go to the WP Mail SMTP settings. Enter your ‘From Email’ there.
In the Mailer settings, choose AWS.
From your AWS account, copy the access key and secret access key, paste them in the AWS account.
Choose the region.
Save the settings. After saving the settings, you will see a new option where we can add emails.
You can add one email at a time.
You will get a verification email in your desired email address. Click on the link and activate it.
After verifying the email you could see the email as verified in your WP Mail SMTP settings.
Now, let’s send a test email and see how things are.
If you have configured the plugin correctly, you will get the test email in your destination email address.
If you are facing any technical difficulties, you can easily contact the WP Mail SMTP support team. The team will help you with everything. Just send them a support ticket and they will assist you personally.
This is how you can integrate WP Mail SMTP with Amazon SES.
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