I honestly can’t tell if the problem lies with the SMF or Dreamhost sides of things, so I’m going to start here.
I set up a forum with SMF and set it to e-mail activation. Unfortunately, new users don’t get said activation e-mails. I Googled the problem, and as far as I can tell, everything is fine on the SMF end of things. Everything points to how my hosted server handles e-mails. Since the PHP default isn’t working, I set mail options to SMTP and filled in the proper fields:
- I set the SMTP server to both mail.[mydomain] and mail.[subdomain.mydomain] (where the forum is hosted) and got no results when attempting to send myself a notification from the forum.
- The port is set to 587 instead of the default 25 for good measure (please tell me if I need to change this).
- Username is the full e-mail address of admin@[subdomain.mydomain] (again, where the forum is hosted).
- Password is entered accordingly.
Until I can somehow fix this, no one can register without direct admin approval, and the current registers are stuck in “awaiting activation” purgatory.
Is this a problem on my end? Did I set up the SMTP correctly? I really appreciate the help!