First of all, what is the main difference between PHPMailer and
standard php mail() function? The answer is very simple PHPMailer
supports attachments, multiple receipts, SMTP authentication and
lots of other functions.
Please note that this tutorial only demonstrates how to use
PHPMailer package, before trying the implement the code, make sure
PHPMailer package is properly installed on your server.
Using the script
Following example demonstrates the basic use of the phpmailer
include_once("class.phpmailer.php"); //make sure this path is correct
$test_mail = new PHPMailer;
$test_mail->isHTML=true; //true or false if plain text only
PHPMailer is a great tool when emailing a group of the users,
or/and adding several attachments by using foreach() statement.
Adding an attachement
Full_path as the name suggests it's a full path to the file,
name may be an actual file name or the name that file will appear
as/be renamed to after the email has been sent and received by
recipient's email client . You may also specify additional
parameters such as encoding (base64 by default) and type of the
file. However I advise to leave this setting alone, and let the
recipient's email client to figure it out.
Finally once the setting are correct, and attachement are
included (if any), we have to call send() function that sends out
echo "Message sent";