WordPress Plugin Problems: Part 2

Posted: June 18, 2010 in blogging, Wordpress
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Well, that worked.

If you read the previous blog entry you know what I am referring to, if not, scroll down and take a quick read of the last post.  The issue seemed to be fixed, now the unfortunate part is figuring out what fixed it.  Was it the upgrade of WordPress to 3.0 or was it the WP Mail SMTP plugin?

To figure it out, i’m deactivating the plugin and will post this entry as the second part of the test.  For those not familiar with WP or how the plugins work, or even what they are let me explain.

A plugin is basically an additional component that can be added to the “out of the box” WordPress install.   They are custom tweaks that are created by third-party developers or programmers to handle a specific problem or issue or desire that wasn’t part of the standard WP install.

These plugins can be wonderful, or can be a pain in the butt if they don’t play well with others, be it the version of WP you use or other plugins that you have installed.  (you may actually get a warning from in your plugin list if you try to install one and it fails or isn’t tested with the version you use.) The nice thing is that WP has made it very easy to go into your admin Dashboard and change whether the plugins are activated or deactivated without deleting them or losing settings.  I had to do this to install WordPress 3.0.  For some reason one of the plugins was stopping the automatic install.  Deactivating them all allowed the automatic upgrade to proceed without a glitch.

So, as stated, the WP Mail SMTP plugin is deactivated and i’m posting this entry.  Crossing my fingers and clicking the Publish button now…


  1. Rosemary says:

    Thank you so much for the link to your blog. Your information is helpful for a ludite like me. I hope I can follow the instructions and make the changes on my blog http://www.getcookingsimply.com. Looking forward to your next post!


    • tcg says:

      Rosemary, from what i can gather, the WP Mail SMTP is the fix you need, just like i did. The latest post – part 3 explains it a bit and has link to the plugin. If you need any help, just ask, its a fairly simple install and setup.


  2. dee says:

    This is great, I’ve been searching for a solution to this.

    I tried adding this plugin to the mix and it didn’t work, still, for me. Sending test emails via the WP Mail plugin work, but the confirmation emails and the post notification emails from Subscribe2 still do not work. I chose the PHP mailer function as the option. Which did you use?


    • tcg says:

      By the way, i am sending via SMTP and it seems to be working for me most of the time. had one glitch but that only seems to be if i post from my iphone using the mobile app.


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