Have you ever wanted to publish a post to your WordPress blog remotely through your email account? Mostly people are either busy with their tough schedules, or simply don’t have enough time to log in to their WordPress site to publish a new post.
With your email account, you can easily write and publish posts to your WordPress blog.
Today I will be showing you how to publish posts to your WordPress blog directly from your email.
Our Goal: Our main intention here is to publish posts to our WordPress blog via email.
To do so, we won’t have to install any external plugins because WordPress itself provides a built-in feature to publish posts through our email.
You can read the official documentation here.
How To Synchronize WordPress Blog with Email:
We have divided this tutorial up into two parts:
- Synchronize WordPress blog with email account.
- Publish posts to WordPress through email.
To post to WordPress through email, you have to create a “secret” email address with POP3 access. POP3 access is crucial so that whenever you send any email to that email address, WordPress can detect it.
It’s a good idea to either keep that email secret, or set up a branded email address for your blog.
So go ahead and register a new “illogical” email address like:
To synchronize your WordPress blog with your email account, log in to your WordPress admin panel.
Go to Settings >> Writings. Scroll down until you see a tool called “Post via e-mail”.
Let’s quickly run through the settings here:
- Mail Server: In this text area, you have to insert the URL of the mailing server of your email provider. Here is a small list of mail servers for a few popular email providers. Remember: If the server URL is incorrect, this will not work properly. (Don’t forget to enable POP3 for your email address!)
- Login Name: Insert that “illogical” email address or branded email address you created earlier.
- Password: Enter the password of this new email address.
- Default Mail Category: Since you will be posting from your email, you have to assign a default category, though you can always add more categories once the post is published.
That’s it! Now press the “Save” button, and your WordPress blog is successfully synchronized to your email address.
How To Publish WordPress Post via Email Address
After synchronizing your WordPress blog with this “special” email address, it’s time to publish a post to test that everything is working OK.
Now because I use Gmail, I will show you how to use Gmail to do this. But the process should be very similar for all email service providers.
Just go to Gmail.com, or any other service provider, and log in to your account. (Remember: You can publish posts with any email address, though you have to make sure you are sending emails to the email address you syncronized on WordPress.)
Compose a new email.
Now it’s extremely crucial that you correctly type the email address which is assigned to your WordPress blog.
Whatever you put in the “Subject” field will be your post title.
Whatever you put in the “Body” field will be your post.
Gmail, and most other email providers, will give you a standard email editor that has all the features of the WordPress post editor. There are a few limitations, though, like not being able to attach files. But you can upload images.
Once you have finished writing your post, go ahead and send the email.
After sending the email to the correct email address, go to www.yourdomain.com/wp-mail.php and you will get the following message (replace yourdomain with your WordPress domain):
Important Note: Make sure you send emails with the admin email address otherwise it will be saved as a draft in your WordPress admin panel.
Publishing a WordPress Post Through Email
Posting WordPress posts via email is indeed a handy way to publish posts in a quick period of time. You can even use your smartphone to publish posts without any problem.
If you’re always on the go, this is a great way to keep your blog updated with little hassle.
Let me know if you’ve used this method in the past, or are currently using it now. How’s it going for you? Share your experience in the comments!
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