Only days after the initial release, GD Mail Queue version 2.0 is available, it has many new features and very important changes in the plugin core that aim to get more flexibility in the future.
Version 2.0 brings an updated dashboard, showing more queue related information, new tools, several new major features and many more settings with improved options organization.
To allow for the plugin to be expanded in the future, a concept of ‘engines’ is introduced, and the first engine included is PHPMailer, since that is the core of the WordPress mail handling. And, the plugin has settings for customizing and using an SMTP server to send emails. This means, that if you want to use this plugin, you no longer need to have separate plugin for setting up an SMTP server.
On top of that, the plugin has new tools to test email delivery and sending emails into the queue. With these tools, you can test how emails look like, and how the PHPMailer behaves with SMTP (if enabled). The plugin is tested with BuddyPress and it handles BuddyPress emails correctly (if the BuddyPress uses PHPMailer). Since BuddyPress emails are HTML already, that part is skipped, but queue works as expected.
The plugin is available for free on WordPress.org, so check it out:
Let me know what you think about the new plugin, and if you have any questions or suggestions.