If customers are leaving you a message on your website then you want to know that the messages are getting safely to your in box. Particularly if you are using a plug-in to give you a nice contacts page.
Checking email delivery is bit obvious but very important, you would be surprised how often it is never checked.
This article is part of a series on regular website maintenance that you can do yourself.
I always make this test one of the last ones that I do so that if anything has a been broken during the upgrade of wordpress core, plugin or database maintenance I will know about it before any visitor to my site.
It would be terrible for that once in a lifetime opportunity to miss you because your nice contact page is broken and not delivering emails to your in box properly.
So send yourself a message from your contact form! Also, click on any email address links and make sure that your email program opens properly. To make an email address into a link simply click the link tool and put “mailto://” instead of “http://” in front of the email address. Eg mailto://firstname.lastname@example.org
This won’t guarantee that your customer’s email program will open because it depends on their individual computer, but it gives you the best possible chance of success.
Check my website maintenance summary page for other articles and ideas on keeping your website safe and secure.