Tutorial for setting up outbound email

Hi, I’m pretty comfortable setting up servers as hosts now, but I have a lot of trouble configuring outbound emails, so that the sites can send emails (like password resets or notifications). I have an SES (Amazon’s SMTP service) account that works, and have successfully configured Postfix in the past, but I thought that installing the mail stack would at least let WP send emails using PHP Mail.

Is there a documentation page or tutorial showing best practices, and whether or not I even need to install the mail stack (I don’t care about IMAP or POP or incoming mail, just the ability to easily and reliably send outbound messages from the sites).


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This was the main reason i went away from easyengine, because setting up email become such a nightmare and even with a few years of wordpress experience, was an impossible task.

I’ve figured out how to make it happen but I’m pretty sure I’m not doing it the best way I could, and it definitely takes some sophisticated tweaking of Postfix and its configuration files to make it work. And after all is said and done I am still not sure I’m doing it right.

I’ve tried installing the EE mail stack but that seems to be more of client inbox stuff, if I’m not mistaken.

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