How to Use Zoho SMTP Settings on WordPress

In this post, I’m going to show you how to use Zoho SMTP settings on WordPress.

This will enable your visitors to send emails from your WordPress contact form, without the email going to the spam folder.

Note: If you need to send marketing or transactional emails from WordPress, then I recommend something more advanced, like ElasticEmail.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need before you start:

  1. A free business email with zoho
  2. An SMTP plugin for WordPress
  3. Your Zoho email login details

If you don’t already have a business email address with Zoho, then check out this tutorial before proceeding.

Alternative Option: How to Setup Email on Namecheap and Configure SMTP Settings

How to Use Zoho SMTP Settings on WordPress

Here are the steps for adding SMTP to WordPress with your Zoho email account.

Step 1: Install an SMTP Plugin

First, go to Plugins > Add New, and search for “smtp”. You’ll see the results and you want to install and activate WP Mail SMTP by WPForms.

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Install WP Mail SMTP by WPForms

Step 2: Configure the SMTP settings

Then, go to the plugin settings and enter your Zoho SMTP settings:

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Zoho SMTP settings in WP Mail SMTP Plugin
  • Under Mailer, choose Other SMTP
  • Add in SMTP Host:
  • Choose TLS under Encryption
  • Make sure SMTP port says: 587
  • Then check Authentication
  • Add your email in SMTP Username and your email password under SMTP Password.

Step 3: Test your WordPress contact form

Now you can test a contact form on your website to make sure it sends the email:

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Test your email contact form

Check the email address you used to setup your contact form to make sure the email has come through:

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Check your email to make sure the SMTP settings are correct

Congrats, you’re done!

Pros and Cons of Using Zoho’s SMTP Server

Here are a few of the advantages and disadvanges of using your Zoho email account as the SMTP on your WordPress site.


  • It’s free – Your website can send up to 300 emails per hour at no extra cost
  • It’s easy to set up


  • Zoho’s SMTP service isn’t designed to be used for website marketing and transaction emails (it’s best to use a dedicated SMTP service)
  • Deliverability isn’t a gaurantee
  • Not great for ecommerce sites, because of the sending limit

Watch the Video Tutorial to Add Zoho SMTP Settings to WordPress

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