Setting up Zoho Apps on your Django website
I'm building StreetBarz for 9 months and only now I decided to setup e-mail for business. I tried Google Apps, but the cost of $5/mo per user is not attractive.
While setting up, first I had to verify that I was the owner. I've added that to my urls:
(r'^zohoverify/verifyforzoho.html', lambda x: HttpResponse('response-from-the-code-generated')),
In Zoho website you will download a file, so just place the long string inside HttpResponse.
After that, I had to setup my application to send e-mails through Zoho's SMTP Server. Spent some time trying to figure out that Django default's backend doesn't work with SSL. So what you have to do is:
1) Install https://github.com/bancek/django-smtp-ssl
2) Add these lines to your settings:
EMAIL_PORT = 465 EMAIL_BACKEND = 'django_smtp_ssl.SSLEmailBackend' EMAIL_USE_SSL = True EMAIL_HOST = 'smtp.zoho.com' EMAIL_HOST_USER = 'firstname.lastname@example.org' EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD = 'password' DEFAULT_FROM_EMAIL = EMAIL_HOST_USER
Please note that DEFAULT_FROM_EMAIL should be the same as EMAIL_HOST_USER, if not, Zoho will give you a ConnectionTimeout when trying to send an e-mail.