PHP Build a Basic PHP Website (2018) Adding a Basic Form Utilizing Object Properties and Methods

Pat Rick
Pat Rick
2,570 Points

Error sending an email. Everything was going well until I tried to send a message to a gmail.

GOT THIS ERROR "Message could not be sent.Mailer Error: Could not instantiate mail function."


            $mail = new PHPMailer;

            if (!$mail->ValidateAddress($email)) {
                echo "Ivalid email address";

            $email_body = "";
            $email_body .= "Name " . $name . "\n";
            $email_body .= "Email " . $email . "\n";
            $email_body .= "Telephone " . $tel . "\n";
            $email_body .= "Comments " . $message . "\n";

            $mail->setFrom($email, $name);
            $mail->addAddress('********', 'Sean');


            $mail->Subject = 'hdhhdhshshsh from ' . $name;
            $mail->Body = $email_body;

            if (!$mail->send()) {
                echo 'Message could not be sent.';
                echo 'Mailer Error: ' . $mail->ErrorInfo;

            // To Do: Send email


          if (isset ($_GET["status"]) && $_GET["status"] == "thanks") {
            echo "<center><p> Thanks for the email! I&rsquo;ll check out your suggestion shortly! </p></center>";
          } else { ?>

Moderator Edit: Added Markdown to code snippet so that it is readable in the Community post --- also obscured personal information within post... placing personal information (i.e. email address) in a publicly accessible forum is not a good idea, as it opens you up to scammers, spammers, and bots.

Victoria Loisi
Victoria Loisi
7,070 Points

Hi there! I would start by inserting everything inside a try/catch statement, like this:

try {
  $mail->AddReplyTo('', 'First Last');
  $mail->AddAddress('', 'John Doe');
  $mail->SetFrom('', 'First Last');
  $mail->AddReplyTo('', 'First Last');
  $mail->Subject = 'PHPMailer Test Subject via mail(), advanced';
  $mail->AltBody = 'To view the message, please use an HTML compatible email viewer!'; // optional - MsgHTML will create an alternate automatically
  $mail->AddAttachment('images/phpmailer.gif');      // attachment
  $mail->AddAttachment('images/phpmailer_mini.gif'); // attachment
  echo "Message Sent OK\n";
} catch (phpmailerException $e) {
  echo $e->errorMessage(); //Pretty error messages from PHPMailer
} catch (Exception $e) {
  echo $e->getMessage(); //Boring error messages from anything else!

Also, have you tried $phpMailer->Send() instead of $phpMailer->send()?

Radulescu Ramona
Radulescu Ramona
3,687 Points

same thing happened to me.. I've tried your method, Victoria Loisi, but it didn't work.