I want to setup up my Windows-based web server (which is hosting phpBB and other php-based server apps) to send it's email through php's mail() function. This allows me to set the SMTP settings in one place on my php-based server, instead of having to configure the smtp settings in all my php-bases server apps (duplication config info, takes more time, error prone, etc).
Unfortunately, I need to be able to use an SMTP server that requires login/password authentication. PHP's 4.x mail() function does not support this. Basically, php.ini has this:
; For Win32 only.
SMTP = <put in smtp server here>
...and nothing else.
Options I'm investigating:
* I understand pear (?) has a means for smtp authentication; I apparently have pear on my system (XAMPP 1.4.5 based). I don't know how to configure this.
* I can use PHPMailer. I see tutorials at http://phpmailer.sourceforge.net/tutorial.html ...but these seem to talk about coding a particular program to send email. I just want to override/overload my php.mail() function to implicitly handle SMTP authentication...which I understand phpmailer can do...I just don't know the steps to set this up! I'm looking for "chapter and verse" instructions from the start of downloading phpmailer and going from there. I have yet to find this in the phpmailer stuff.
Can this forum help give this rookie (me) some directions?