I have PHP 5 running on a hosted ISP. The ISP gives me minimal configuration options via cPanel. Is there any way to use email notification to respond to some given event? I want to send from PHP in the background. Must I specify environment stuff like POP or SMTP? My hosted ISP offers email addresses of course -- does using one of those make things easier? Now that you know how ignorant I am, do you have any general advice on approaching this?

  • Could you be a bit more specific and tell us what "given event" you'd like to receive a notification about? It's hard to answer your question without understanding what you're trying to monitor.
    – Nick
    Nov 4, 2011 at 16:17
  • Merely based on what code is invoked in the PHP files. For example, a specified query against the MySQL data.
    – Smandoli
    Nov 4, 2011 at 22:15

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Your hosting company may have set up the environment already for you. Have a look at the PHP mail page and write a test script to send yourself an email.

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