Configuring outbound email.

When you use the information Postbag presents to you to find an outreach opportunity and our template engine and email editor to cut down the time needed to send an email, you still need to send it through an email server. With Postbag, the actual email gets sent from your personal email address.

There are multiple benefits with this approach when you reach out to someone and try to build a personal connection. Your emails simply look more personal than the ones which are sent from generic email addresses. Additionally, this allows you to monitor responses to your outreach emails from your familiar email clients across your devices which you already have set up. There's no need to keep logging in some web UI to check whether someone replied to you or not.

To do so, Postbag needs to utilize your private email address and authenticate against your email server for every email it sends. Let's look how we can configure your outbound email settings for Postbag to be able to do this.

Outbound email settings.

When you visit the Postbag settings interface, after the credits and account information subsections which were described in our previous documentation article, you'll find an Outbound email settings box which looks like shown on the figure below.

Outbound email settings.

As it can be seen on the image, you need to enter required SMTP information in this form so we can connect to your email server. In particular, we ask you for you email and you SMTP password. Following that, you can enter your name which is the name people will see when they receive emails from you. Additionally, you also need to enter your SMTP port and select your SMTP encryption protocol to be either the older SSL or state-of-the-art TLS which depends on what your SMTP server supports. And last by not the least, you need to enter an IMAP server and port. This is so that Postbag can check wether you got any reply on the e-mail so it can interrupt the automatic email sequence if needed.

When you are done entering your information you can click the Save button. If everything is in order, you will get the green All changes saved message as you can see on the figure above. Otherwise, if you entered anything incorrectly, you will get an appropriate error message letting you know what went wrong.

How to get your SMTP and IMAP configuration?

As Postbag is not an e-mail provider but an outreach platform, you need to get your configuration from your own e-mail provider. Normally you would use your ordinary e-mail credentials however, if you have two-factor authentication set up, you will need to generate an app password to use with Postbag. While steps to generate one differ depending on the e-mail provider, if you are using GMail, GSuite or Google Workspaces, instructions can be found here.

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