What is an SMTP Server?

Almost all of your online activity like shopping, reading news, sending emails or newsletters and more is made possible through the help of protocols - the special networking software rules and guidelines that allow your computer to link up to networks everywhere. These are vital to your networking activity and you don't need to manage, install or even think about them. They're built in to the networking software on your computers. But still, every once in a while, you may find yourself having to learn about a protocol - such as your IP address. It is the most important term that is concerned with every email you have ever sent in your span - Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, or SMTP. Without it, your emails would go nowhere.

How does SMTP server work?

SMTP Server is part of the application layer of the TCP/IP protocol. Using a process called "store and forward". SMTP main purpose is to send and receive emails across networks. It works closely with something called the Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) to send your communication to the right computer and email inbox. SMTP server consists address or addresses of computers that are set spells out and direct to move your emails from one computer to other. Using that "store and forward" feature mentioned before, the message can move in steps from your computer to its destination. At each step, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol is doing its job.

Is an SMTP Server the same as a normal server?

The process of email delivery is actually quite similar to standard mail, that is an organized system which takes care of your email and through a series of steps it drops it off to your recipient inbox. In this process, the SMTP server is simply a computer running SMTP, and which acts more or less like the postman. Once the messages have been picked up they are sent to this server, which takes care of concretely delivering emails to their recipients.

Steps involved in sending an email

Whenever you send a piece of e-mail, your e-mail client interacts with the SMTP server to handle the sending. The SMTP server on your host may have conversations with other SMTP servers to deliver the e-mail.

    • Your email client software connects to the SMTP server at MailGoes infrastructure using port 25.
    • Your email client software does a conversation with the SMTP server, telling the SMTP server the address of the sender and the address of the recipient, as well as the body of the message.
    • Our SMTP server receives mail message sent from your email client and stores stores it temporarily before forwarding it to actual recipient’s SMTP server.
    • The recipient’s mail server confirms the sending address, recipients address and the message content to ensure that the communication has been done properly. It also checks for potential DNS issues, such as valid DKIM and SPF signatures. When the information is devoid of any issues the recipient’s mail server delivers the message.

Does MailGoes provide test SMTP server?

The answer is perfectly yes, we give access to SMTP server located at our infrastructure and allow you to send test emails to ensure that all the configuration is done properly. Customers can use their account to send test messages and test their email deliverability before delivering high volume of messages. Another unique and special feature you can avail at MailGoes is, you no need to bother about email client software to send bulk emails to your customers. We give access to the special web enabled software from which you can deliver emails fast. Mostly it is recommended to use our web platform to gain advantage of sending large volume of emails in short span. The reason behind this is our SMTP servers and web servers are located at the same infrastructure to avoid latency issue.

For any assistance, you can contact us to understand more about SMTP servers and pricing plans. Or you can simply drop an email at Contact Us page. Our sales team will contact you and takes it forward.

Our SMTP server pricing plans

MailGoes offer SMTP servers with a delivery capacity that suits your requirement. Please have a look into our pricing plans and choose the one suits for your need.