Settings got messed up upon automatic update without any kind of alert/notification for re-entering the login/authentication details. No wp-mail fallback when settings got misconfigured.
One whole week of emails lost and complaints from our customers.
In the most recent update around April 2022, they pushed a release that made the plugin not work because the update erased your credentials. And they admit knowing it would happen. But there was no warning, no note to make note of your credentials before the update. Many other plugins push warnings like "Major update - backup your site before updating" or "This update is not backward compatible with the last version". They could have done something like that. THEN they keep saying this isn't an issue, as if they have no responsibility for this, and it is not their fault. How is NONE OF MY EMAILS ARE SENT after the update not an issue??? Yes this IS your fault, because all I did was update. The plugin has one job to send emails and after updating this doesn't happen.
Yes it can be fixed and sure it's a good thing to encrypt the credentials, but my site and many others went a week or more without sending out any emails. Because they didn't warn us that we had to do other things for it to work. Read the support tickets for April 2022, you'll see so many people reported this. And they just kept saying "Not an issue". So now I can't trust them for future updates to not just break the plugin and not tell me.
Took me some time to discover how to resolve the 'problem' authenticate your SMTP account.
So, for the girls/boys who encounter the same problem:
Login to your ZOHO account / My account / (enter your password) Security / App Passwords .
(Application-specific passwords are passcodes that give applications like email clients permission to access your Zoho Mail.)
Create new Password / Enter the app name / then click Generate.
Save the shown password to a safe place and use THIS password in the plugin. So do not use your password of your ZoHo account.
Fixed: base64_encoding problem for passwords and users that may appear that they are already in base64_encoding but in reality they are not ( https://github.com/WPChill/wp-smtp/issues/7 )
Changed: Removed CDN files and added them locally ( https://github.com/WPChill/wp-smtp/issues/8 )
Changed: Added base64 encode for username and passwords ( https://github.com/WPChill/wp-smtp/issues/2 )
Added: Setting to disable the email logging. ( https://github.com/WPChill/wp-smtp/issues/3 )
Fix auto loading require path
Just update info
Fixed: handle the mail parts as needed
New and shiny mail logger.
All good, still maintained, just update some info
New maintainer – yehudah
Code structure and organize.
Credentials can now be configured inside wp-config.php
Using a nonce to increase security.
Add Yahoo! example
If the field “From” was not a valid email address, or the field “Host” was left blank, it will not reconfigure the wp_mail() function.
Add some reminders.
If “SMTP Authentication” was set to no, the values “Username””Password” are ignored.