By default, AWS Lightsail instances do not come with built-in email functionality. However, you can set up email services for your WordPress site in Lightsail using external email providers. Here is a general outline of the steps involved:
Step 1: Choose an email provider
Select a mail provider that suits your needs. Some popular options include Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), Microsoft 365, Zoho Mail, and Rackspace Email.
Step 2: Sign up for an email service
Sign up for an account with the email provider of your choice. Follow their instructions to set up and establish your email account.
Step 3: Verify domain ownership
Verify your domain ownership with your email provider. This typically involves adding specific DNS records to your domain’s DNS configuration. The exact steps will depend on your chosen provider.
Step 4: Configure DNS settings
Access the DNS management settings for your domain and update the necessary MX (Mail Exchange) records provided by your email service provider. This ensures that incoming emails are directed to the appropriate mail servers.
Step 5: Set up SMTP credentials
Obtain the SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) credentials from your email provider. These credentials will be used to configure the WordPress site to send outgoing emails through the mail service.
Step 6: Configure WordPress email settings
In your WordPress dashboard, install and activate a plugin that enables SMTP email functionality. Some popular choices include WP Mail SMTP, Easy WP SMTP, and WP Mail Bank. Configure the plugin using the SMTP credentials provided by your email provider.
Step 7: Test and send emails
Once the plugin is configured, you can test the email functionality by sending a test email from your WordPress site. This helps ensure that outgoing emails are correctly routed through the mail service and received by the intended recipients.
Remember to regularly monitor your email service account to detect any problems or updates related to your email settings. Also, consult the documentation and support resources provided by your email provider for detailed instructions specific to their service.