Archives For June 2011

This blog post is about the SMTP Pro extension. It is my attempt at full explanations to some very good questions/feedback from Chris Last in his comment on an earlier post. I decided that I should give thorough explanations to the questions and they probably belong in a blog post rather than a reply comment. Hopefully it’ll form a mini user-guide, I’ll try to update it as such over time.

Update July 2013: I have since released a premium extension for sending email using Amazon SES called MageSend, if you’re having toruble sending email with Magento, please check it out, it was created to solve many common Magento email issues.

There are too many sections in Config->Advanced->System for me to make complete sense of:

Mail Sending Settings – do these have any effect?
Disable Email Communications No
Host localhost
Port (25) 25
Set Return-Path no

1) The Mail Sending Settings are the built in Magento ones, they don’t work very well for custom SMTP servers and you can safely ignore them. One thing to note though. I do adhere to their disable configuration in my extension. So if you disable all emails using the core config here, all emails do stop even if sending via SMTP Pro.
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If you are reading this, you are an unwitting participant in my latest experiment: clustering my blog on Amazon EC2 – thanks! You will be connecting to my blog on one of several Amazon EC2 micro instances, cobbled together in a quick and dirty solution that was more knee-jerk reaction to some downtime, than well thought out project.

This post serves as a chance for me to test if the cluster works, and a summary of the architecture I have set up using several EC2 micro instances and WordPress. It’s a quick and dirty little WordPress cluster using spot-request micro instances at $0.007/hour – how fun!
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Quick non-Magento related post. World Wide Access got to the finals of the Export New Zealand awards, we’re going to a flashy black tie dinner and everything, very exciting! Anyway, I just wanted to share this little sound byte because it’s my first ever (and probably only) 30 seconds of fame on the FM band.

If you don’t like the internet and want to hear it in the wild, it’ll play on NewstalkZB Drive show 4pm-7pm from Tuesday 7th June – Thursday 16th June 2011. You can tune in for some insightful discussion with Susan Wood while you’re on the way home!

Excuse the dry monotone voice – that’s just how I sound apparently.

PS: I haven’t been doing _much_ Magento development lately as you can probably tell by the lack of new posts, but I’ll post some articles soon, given all of the interesting news of the last weeks, what with Magento selling to Ebay, and details of the Magento 2 project being unveiled at the Magento Developer’s Paradise.