Monday, September 19, 2011

You've got mail!

One popular request in our forums has been how to configure mail support in BitNami applications. This is necessary for some applications to send notification to users, reset passwords and other common features. This process varies from application to application and can take some time to research and implement manually, even if you are following a Wiki guide. Some applications require to configure a file, others to install a module or plugin and configure the server SMTP settings.

We have now simplified this process significantly both in our downloadable installers and in our BitNami Cloud Hosting service. As part of the installation process you will be prompted for your SMTP server information or, if you are using a common mail provider like Gmail or Yahoo!, just your username and password. In the latter case, it is recommended that you create a separate mail account from your normal mail account, just in case!

Choosing an email provider
Entering the credentials

The applications that currently support this configuration are Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla!, Alfresco, Redmine, Moodle, Magento, Dokuwiki, SugarCRM and the new Stack Pootle, that makes the translation processes simpler. We continue working on adding support for other applications.

You can also configure the account to send emails from your favorite applications in the Cloud with BitNami Cloud Hosting.