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  • Carlos Chapa
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    Steven,

    I registered for Cloudflare too, and I was finally able to change my DNS settings! Now I am almost all set with SendGrid, including the SPF/DKIM options through the Sender Authentication tool. I still need to do the DMARC thing though. But, to this point, I am still unable to send or deliver any post-sendgrid emails yet! I think I made serious mistakes testing with nonexistent emails before, and when a few of them went to my junk folder (before I tried SendGrid), I erased them instead of moving to the inbox (to tell the ESPs that they were not spam).

    I believe that my problem is now not so much technical (thanks for your help), but of domain reputation and “deliverity” (or something like that) issues, with the email service providers, especially Yahoo and Gmail. I am now taking some “academy courses” (as they call it in the SG site) to improve my domain’s reputation. It will take more like an art type of skills than technical prowess. I am moving slowly, but still moving….

    Thanks again for your help :)

    CMC

    Carlos Chapa
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    Steven,

    I learned a lot more about my options and how the email systems operate, thanks to your comments, and I am definitely going with the SendGrid solution. I just had trouble with the DNS changes, but GoDaddy tech support checked it out for me, and they said to wait 24 hours, and it appears it’s going to take a while.

    I suspect something is wrong with their DNS servers because I checked the website https://www.whatsmydns.net/ and it seem so far the CNAME settings are not propagating at all anywhere in the world.

    I did open an account with SendGrid and I think they recommend the option with the API key. I suspect I will have to contact GD about again. I studied their manuals and I think the SPF/DKIM options are the way to go. I’ll worry about that later though, once I got the emails working.

    You are right about the Entry Contact Forms, that they don’t have website fields, but I think I will figure out how to add a Phone field; I’ll try to search these forums for an answer. I am going to leave a tutorial link I found before, if you don’t mind, maybe some of your users will find it useful to learn hot to set up the SendGrid for WordPress. The only flaw about this tutorial might have is that it doesn’t mention that the DNS changes will take a while to propagate. Again, GoDaddy said it takes 24 hours, but I think I read somewhere in the SendGrid website that some servers might take up to 48 hours. And yet, I read in some other public forums that they shouldn’t take more than one hour….

    Thanks again,

    CMC

    SendGrid Tutorial: https://wpengine.com/support/configuring-sendgrid-for-wordpress/

    Carlos Chapa
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    Steven,

    First of all, thanks for your answer. I really appreciate it. Your explanations were very easy to understand for a non-technical person like me.

    I checked the section “Connections : Tools : Login” in the WP admin site, and I found out that out of the 13 tests I’ve sent, all of them were successful (according to WP) except one. But, like you said, this might be at the WordPress level only, not in the server level. I am using GoDaddy for web hosting with this domain (Deluxe Linux Hosting with cPanel package).

    I contacted GoDaddy’s chat tech support. I was like one hour and a half there (the tech support has a back-end team tech support too – sort of when you wanna see a doctor, you end up with a nurse, if lucky, or many times with an assistant nurse). She sent an email form test which worked, but it took a while for my Yahoo account to get it. I asked her about how to get access to the server email log, and she said that with my current sharing hosting plan I wouldn’t have access to it, that I would have to open a Virtual Private Server for access to that server email log.

    From my email tests, it occurred to me that maybe if I have tested the Contact form with a fake yahoo email, to my form that is linked to a real Yahoo email account, maybe the server would send it successfully, BUT that maybe Yahoo Mail would have a junk email filter mechanism that would detect that fake “from” email. I will continue with more tests with real yahoo accounts, and with two different emails (from and to), as you advised me earlier.

    My other option is to upgrade to a virtual server host package or, most likely to use a dedicated email service provider like SendGrid, which you mentioned, with that plugin and setup SPF/DKIM (whatever that means). I hope it’s not too technical though… :)

    I’ll try to figure out how to get rid of the “website” field of the Contact form (I think that encourages spam) and change it instead for a “phone” field, with would be a lot more useful for my purposes.

    Thanks again for your help!!!!!! :)

    Carlos

    Carlos Chapa
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    I should probably also mention that I just received two emails, but I had sent like a total of 10 messages in the last few hours. Another two in the junk folder. I think that the software believes that some of these emails are just spamming, even though they were not. I’d personally rather use the Captcha approach, but I don’t think there is support for it, from what read.

    Thanks again,

    Carlos

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    Carlos Chapa
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    Steve,

    Never mind about the Split Categories plugin installation instructions. I just thought it was going to be installed somehow different because I didn’t see the zip file, but the download link is on your github link page above, and this one installs just like any other WP plugin (thanks for making it free).

    Now it’s installed in my admin website, I’ll try to figure out how it works (so far the platform is very intuitive and the documentation very clear). So, please never mind about that silly question. I am still learning….

    I did send you an email (from your website contact form) about some information you might or might not have available.

    Thanks again,

    CMC

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    Carlos Chapa
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    Steven,

    I just purchased all the extensions and plugins. That Split Categories addon looks promising, but I don’t see it in the admin dashboard. Do you have instructions on how to install it?

    I will also send you a PM.

    Thank you!

    CMC

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