How to Connect Microsoft Outlook to WordPress (Step by Step)
Once you have opened the Azure Portal, go ahead and click the ‘All services’ option from the sidebar on your left.
On the settings page, you will see the ‘From Email’ and ‘From Name’ settings. You can skip these settings because your Outlook account’s settings will override them.
After that, scroll down to the Redirect URI settings.
Microsoft Azure will now take you to another screen where you will see the Application (client) ID.
The easiest way to add Microsoft Outlook to WordPress is by using the WP Mail SMTP plugin. It lets you securely use the Microsoft API to authenticate your site’s emails.
The best thing about using Outlook is that it allows you to send a lot of emails at once. You can send up to 10,000 emails per day, which is a much higher limit than other mailing services.
You must paste the URL into the Microsoft Azure app registration form.
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Upon activation, you can connect your Outlook account by going to WP Mail SMTP » Settings from your WordPress admin area.
You will now see a new overlay window slide in from the right. In this window, you can enter a description and select a time period for the app password to expire.
To find the Redirect URI, simply return to the WP Mail SMTP settings tab or window from your browser. Then copy the web address that is given in the ‘Redirect URI’ field.
Then, Microsoft Azure will generate an application password. You can click the ‘Copy to clipboard’ trigger to copy the password under the Value column.
You can select the ‘Delegated permissions’ option.
Go ahead and select ‘Outlook’ as your Mailer option.
This will create your application.
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You can now send a test email to check if everything works properly.
You will have to repeat the API permission steps by clicking on the ‘+ Add a permission’ button and selecting ‘Microsoft Graph’. However, this time, you need to select the ‘Application permissions’ option.
To get started, you can click on the ‘API permissions’ option from the menu on your left.
When you are ready, simply click the ‘Add permissions’ button at the bottom.
When you click the button, a new window will slide in from the right to request API permissions.
When you are happy with the settings, just click the ‘Send Email’ button at the bottom.
Another benefit that Microsoft Outlook provides is that you don’t have to use the default WordPress PHP mail() function to send emails.
That being said, let’s see how you can connect your Microsoft Outlook account to WordPress.
Below that, you will see different options next to the Mailer settings.
As soon as you click on the button, you will be redirected to the Microsoft permissions form.
To do that, you need to head over to your WP Mail SMTP settings window and paste the value into the ‘Application ID’ field.
Once you have entered the application ID, the next thing you need to do is create an application password.
After that, you will have to select the ‘Mail’ tab from the options that appear and then click the checkbox for ‘Mail.Send.Shared’.
You will have to select the ‘Microsoft Graph’ option to set up API permissions.
First, you will need to install and activate the WP Mail SMTP plugin on your WordPress website. You can refer to our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
When you are happy with the settings, just click the ‘Add’ button.
If you prefer written instructions, just keep reading.
How to Connect Outlook to Your WordPress Site
We will use the WP Mail SMTP Pro version for this tutorial because it includes an Office 365 / Outlook.com integration.
You can use your existing Microsoft Outlook account to send emails to your subscribers from your WordPress website.
Next, you will need to enter this password in your WP Mail SMTP settings.
After sending the email, you must go to your inbox.
Next, go ahead and click the ‘Add a permission’ button.
You will find it in the top-left corner.
There is also a free version of WP Mail SMTP with multiple integrations, but it doesn’t let you connect your Outlook account with WordPress.
To do that, return to the WP Mail SMTP settings and then paste the password into the ‘Application Password’ field.
You can leave the dropdown settings to ‘Web’ for the first field in the form.
SMTP, or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, is an industry-standard technology for sending emails.
Then, just click the ‘+ New client secret’ option to add a client secret.
It uses proper authentication, ensuring that your emails reach your users’ inboxes and don’t end up in the spam folder.
You can use your existing Microsoft email account (Live, Outlook, Hotmail, Office 365, etc.) to log in to Microsoft Azure. Keep in mind that if you do so, then all your WordPress emails will be sent from that email address.
You can scroll down to the ‘Identity’ section and click on the ‘App registrations’ option.
However, an easier way to find the right settings is by entering the term ‘send’ in the search bar under the ‘Select permissions’ heading.
Now, you can enter the same search term, ‘send’, in the ‘Select permissions’ search bar.
Next, just click the ‘Register’ button.
What Is SMTP?
Create an Application ID
The account is free to create, and you don’t need any paid services to set up the mailer. However, Microsoft will ask you to enter your credit card information to reduce spam signups.
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Next, you will see multiple options to select permissions.
On the next screen, Microsoft Azure will ask what type of permissions your application requires.
Set Up WP Mail SMTP
Next, WP Mail SMTP will show a new section with settings for your Outlook account.
After that, you will need to click the ‘+ New Registration’ button.
For the second field, you will need to enter the redirect URI address given in the WP Mail SMTP Outlook settings.
To send a test email, simply go to WP Mail SMTP » Settings and then click on the ‘Email Test’ tab at the top.
Then, click the ‘Allow plugin to send emails using your Microsoft account’ button.
Here, you can check whether you received the test email.
All you have to do is click the ‘Yes’ button at the bottom. This will allow WP Mail SMTP to connect to your Microsoft account.
Next, go ahead and click the ‘Add permissions’ button.
For example, you can name it something like ‘WP Mail SMTP: yourdomain.com.’
As for the ‘Supported account types’ section below, it is a best practice to select the ‘Accounts in any organizational directory (Any Azure AD directory – Multitenant) and personal Microsoft accounts (for example, Skype, Xbox)’ option.
Microsoft Outlook is a great option for business owners who regularly use Office 365.
We recommend keeping the WP Mail SMTP Outlook settings open in a separate tab or window, as you will need to return to this page to enter the information.
Set Up API Permissions
After that, you can log in to the Microsoft Azure Portal using the email address you want to use.