This blog is slowly growing up and getting more complex. Today I have fixed the SMTP issue that meant I didn’t know when I had comments to approve and added a change that should send you an email when your comment has “cleared” moderation and then will send you an auto-reply when someone else comments on that blog post. Two plugins and one email address was created to make this functional.
First, I installed and activated a plugin called Configure SMTP that moved the mail function out of PHP and onto the SMTP protocol that I know a bit more about. This also allowed for much more granular mail settings, including using gmail as an SMTP relay. In order to do this, a functional gmail account needs to be setup. If you get an email from firstname.lastname@example.org in the future, now you will know why 🙂
Second, the WP Comment Auto Responder plugin was downloaded and activated. This should, theoretically, do a better job of keeping you in the loop as far as comments go and also email me when comments are posted. Previously, I would only get emails when a comment was awaiting moderation.
Remember to add email@example.com to your address book! Getting these emails will be worth it, I promise 😀