Sending mail is a common task for many applications today. Whether sending mail
through a webform or as an automated tasks, sending mail can be simple using PHP
and PEAR. Using the sendMail() function below, you can send HTML formatted mail
through any smtp server.
Update March 11, 2009: Removed the demo since GoDaddy does not support
external SMTP servers.Update July 06, 2009: Updated variables for the usage example to be less
confusing. Thanks to David for pointing this out.
This function requires the following PEAR classes along
any of their dependencies.
This function assumes that you have your pear include path set correctly. You
can download the function here (right
click -> Save Link As) or copy the code from below. Scroll down for some
Using this function is simple. Simply pass in the parameters as described below:
$subject (required): Subject for the email message.
$smtp_server (required): SMTP Server host (ie. smtp.hostname.com).
$smtp_username (required): SMTP username.
$smtp_password (required): SMTP password.
$html (required): HTML version of the message body.
$text (required): Text version of the message body.
$to (required): String or array of email address to send the message to
(string may be comma separated list).
$from (required): Email address that the email is being sent from.
$cc (optional): Array of Cc email addresses.
$bcc (optional): Array of Bcc email addresses.
James Armes is a software engineer and open source enthusiast from central Pennsylvania.