General Settings menu is divided into four different sections, these are i. Basic Settings ii. Email Settings iii. SMTP settings and iv. Advanced Settings
- Sender Email Address: Use an email address within your domain name here. It is a good practice to use an email address within your domain, eg. email@example.com. Some providers or generally the mail servers can block sending emails due to a domain mismatch.
- Sender Name: Enter sender name here. Note that setting a name on the sender data produced a message blocking on a Windows based hosting space: you can leave that name empty if you want.
- Return Path: Email address where delivery error messages are sent by mailing systems (eg. mailbox full, invalid address etc) If email do not seem to delivered successfully, empty this field. If you want to use this field, use an address in your domain not gmail address.
- Reply To: This is the email address where subscribers will reply. Like Return path, sometime setting this field can lead to blocked email and you should set it to an address in your domain.
If you want to use SMTP feature, you can use this settings.
- Max Emails Per Hour: Email provider sets limits on sending emails, for example Hostgator limits 500 emails per hour, Dreamhost limits 100 emails per hour, Go Daddy limits 1000 emails per day using their SMTP, Gmail limits 500 emails per day. Set a value smaller then your server limit. Given limit is divided by 12 ie. emails will be sent every five minutes time interval.
- PHP Max Execution Time: PHP has a time limit known as Maximum Execution Time to execute a request. If this limit exceeds, php engine force kill the process. Sending many emails may take longer then allowed time limits (default value is 30 second). If you want to extends this limit, you can specify it here (in seconds). Note that, if PHP running in safe mode will ignore this setting.