As photographers we’re often on the road with a laptop and some form of Data Stick and e-mails refuse to go out right?
When sending mail, it’s best to use your ISP’s (Internet Service Provider) SMTP for sending emails. Your ISP should have supplied you with the SMTP server address on Sign-Up. Most of them don’t offer this information and you’re left in the dark. Whilst you could use your domains’ SMTP i.e. smtp.mydomainname.co.za, (note you must enter your username and password for that domain for authentication, especially if you are connected to a different ISP) this will eat away the monthly hosting bandwidth and it could also be physically outside of South Africa. Using a local SMTP is faster and doesn’t use up any bandwidth allocation on your domains’ hosting account. Note that you may have to change the SMTP in your email client, i.e. Outlook, Thunderbird etc. when you are roaming or using a hot-spot where the ISP will be different from yours. Note: Some hosts and ISP’s use a different PORT for their SMTP. Contact your supplier to obtain this info. Google is your friend if you can’t get a human being on the line!
Email Setup Guide to change your SMTP on your PC/Laptop/iPhone/iPad.
For specific mobile device set-up please contact your ISP or Carrier.
Below is a list of Popular South African ISP SMTP’s for your convenience: