I'm using Joomla 3.0 and I created a basic contact form. I created a mail id in [email protected] in Webmail.

In the contact form, after filling the details and submitting the form, I'm getting the error:

smtp connect failed.

The mail setting details are below:

  • send mail: yes
  • mailer: smtp
  • from email: [email protected]
  • from name: name
  • smtp authentification: no
  • smtp security: ssl
  • smtp port: 465
  • smtp username: [email protected]
  • smtp password: ****
  • smtp host: relay-hosting.secureserver.net

Please help me to solve this issue.

  • You have the mail connection settings wrong. You need to get the correct settings from your webhost. Commented Oct 15, 2014 at 12:05
  • Nothing else is wrong?? Commented Oct 15, 2014 at 12:15
  • For one, smtp authentication should be set to YES, otherwise it can't actually authenticate on your server.
    – Brian Peat
    Commented Oct 15, 2014 at 13:18
  • i set all the details like smtp authentication to yes, but still its not workin Commented Oct 15, 2014 at 13:22
  • Do you have a particular reason for using SMTP instead of PHP Mail?
    – Bogowoe
    Commented Oct 16, 2014 at 16:15

1 Answer 1


Some hosts blacklist SMTP mail servers and the PHP mail setting just never consistently works. We ended up having to use mandrill's API http://mandrill.com/.

There is an exellent extension to use the API instead for all mail on your site. CMandrill. https://compojoom.com/joomla-extensions/mandrill-transactional-emails-made-easy

This of course cannot use your current SMTP host but it is free up to 12000 emails a month (so you probably will never need to pay).

Other then that you can only really play with the settings and test until it works, but in our experience it could work once but not the next time, the general SMTP protocol has issues in shared environments (if that is what you are on).

Currently Joomla does not actually have anything to debug email issues, the phpmailer library it uses in JMail does have the ability, but the last time I looked at the class it was not implemented to log the data anywhere.


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