Chronoforms, Joomla 1.5.7 and Emails not Sending

bigrockford 29 Oct, 2008
I have seen dozens of posts on this issue and I can not figure out what my issue is. I am looking for help. I have tried everything I can think of and seen posted here and elsewhere.

I am running CF 3.0, Joomla 1.5.7 with BlueHost.
The email function for an article works fine.
The contact form gives me an "Could not instantiate mail function."
Chronoforms says it is sent but also gives a "Could not instantiate mail function."

The form is located at
I have debug ON. Validation OFF. Verification OFF.

I am using the Module version and loading in an article with [loadposition location] tag.
Right now I have the PHP Mail Function in Joomla selected.

When I tried SMTP with gmail i got "Could not connect to SMTP Server".
SMTP Authentication Yes
SMTP Security TLS (also tried SSL)
SMTP Port 587 (also tried 465 and 25)
SMTP Username [email address]
SMTP Password [password]

I have also uncommented the openssl command in the php.ini.default file

Thoughts? Please.

Max_admin 29 Oct, 2008
Hi Lance,

in the debug, does it say "Email sent successfully" or not ?

ChronoForms developer...
Did you try ChronoMyAdmin for managing your Joomla database tables ?
bigrockford 30 Oct, 2008

        * Form passed first SPAM check OK
        * Form passed the submissions limit (if enabled) OK
        * Form passed the Image verification (if enabled) OK
        * Form passed the server side validation (if enabled) OK
        * Form passed the plugins step (if enabled) OK
        * Emails data loaded OK
        * Form passed all before email code evaluation OK
        * An email has been SENT successfully from (NextDoor Sales, LLC) to
        * Debug End 

Joomla notice

        * Could not instantiate mail function.

_POST: Array ( [company] => [department] => [fname] => [lname] => [telephone] => [email] => [notes] => [submit] => Submit [f510a5966fc9fe7cfcbbd551962f303c] => 1 )
E-mail message

From: NextDoor Sales, LLC []
Subject: Website Info Request Form
Neighborhood Marketing Information Request

Interested in more information?
We appreciate your interest in the Neighborhood Marketing Program from NextDoor Sales.
Please complete the form below. We will contact you within the next 24 hours.

Provide your contact information.

I am the CEO/President/Owner
I am the Marketing Vice President/Director/Manager
I am the Sales Vice President/Director/Manager
I am in charge of almost everything
First name:
Last name:
Email address:
Provide more information, then press "Submit" below.

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Seems the Could not instantiate mail function error is from Joomla. I also get it when I use the standard contact form, but email works fine in an article. Weird.

Max_admin 30 Oct, 2008
try to use 2 different emails, one for the receiver and one for the "sender" ?
ChronoForms developer...
Did you try ChronoMyAdmin for managing your Joomla database tables ?
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