When you configure a mail client, you need to detail your SMTP settings which will ensure a proper connection with your SMTP server provider – and thus a correct delivery of your emails.
There are lots of free SMTP servers associated to common ISPs and email providers (the most popular being Gmail and Yahoo), but only a professional outgoing server can guarantee the highest deliverability of all your emails. In fact, not every sent message is automatically a delivered one, as even a legitimate email may be rejected by a severe antispam filter. A dedicated SMTP server like turboSMTP, on the contrary, provides a reliable way to avoid these annoying troubles.
That said: how to set up an SMTP server for a mail client? The typical window would look like this:
Here's a quick explanation of all the fields:
- Description: it's an informal name associated to your SMTP server.
- Server name: the actual SMTP specification. Below you find a handy list of all the server names for the most common email providers.
- Port: SMTP servers normally use port 25 to work, but there are other options.
- Connection security: the standard SMTP email transfer goes without encryption, so it can be a good idea to secure it with STARTTLS or SSL/TLS.
- Authentication method: it can be a plain text password, a cyphered one, POP before SMTP, CRAM-MD5, KERBEROS, NTLM, etc.
- User Name: your email address.
And here's a list of the most popular server names. If you don't find yours, check out our article about "What is my SMTP" or contact your email provider.
Outlook.com (former Hotmail)