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Editor’s note: this is a guest post written by Andriy Zapisotskyi, Growth Manager at Mailtrap.

Laravel is among the most popular PHP frameworks. Developers value it for its simplicity, scalability, speed, and many others. To no surprise, sending emails with the framework is also far from difficult. Let’s see how it’s done.

What’s Laravel mail function about?

Laravel is widely used for building websites, marketplaces, web apps, and even frameworks. It’s excellent if you need to quickly build an MVP. But it’s also a common choice for established businesses that want to take advantage of this constantly growing framework.
The mail function is essential for these tasks – to send transactional emails, newsletters, product updates, and many more.
Just as PHP provides its PHP mail function, Laravel also offers an API for sending emails over the SwiftMailer library. And it’s a lot more reliable. It comes with a number of functionalities:

In addition, there are some noteworthy options:

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Building email in Laravel

One more thing that devs appreciate about Laravel is its documentation. It’s clear, straight to the point, and covers everything you need to get started with any of the features. Emails are no exception. For that reason, I’m not going to cover what’s already well covered in Laravel Docs.
Instead, let’s focus on building and sending examples of emails with the framework. And it’s very easy to do.
Here are a couple of basic things to keep in mind:

If you followed all steps, the following email should now hit your Mailtrap inbox:


Verify if the result matches your expectations: if all elements are displayed correctly and links work properly. View the Check HTML and Analysis tabs in Mailtrap to make sure your messages won’t be considered spam and will be rendered correctly in most email clients.

Once you are satisfied with the results of tests, replace SMTP configurations with your production server or configure any other option to send emails to real inboxes. In general, API drivers are recommended. They’re faster than SMTP and usually enjoy much better deliverability. 

But if you opt for SMTP, you can also configure a number of tools to send emails on your behalf. If you’re aiming for a budget option, you can, for example, utilize Gmail’s SMTP server. Whichever way you go, you shouldn’t have much trouble setting things up in Laravel whether you’re building an MVP, marketplaces, web apps, and even frameworks.

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Editor’s note: this is a guest post written by Andriy Zapisotskyi, Growth Manager at Mailtrap.


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