Custom email from address

The standard email sending methods in WunderAutomation allows you to optionally set the email from-address.

Since WunderAutomation uses the built-in wp_mail() function the outgoing mail will be sent using the standard WordPress from-address. Unless you have changed this standard address using any of the available methods the from-address will default to "WordPress This may not be what you want.

Enabling the from-address field

When editing an email sending action, make sure you check the "From and Reply-to" checkbox to display the From address input field:


Note: This will also show the reply-to field.

RFC 822 Email addresses

A correctly formatted complete email address formally consists of a from name and a from address with the address part within brackets. The RFC 822 format for providing both of these are:

Harry Potter <>

Where the individual parts are:

Part Description
Name The display name that shows up in the recipient inbox. For a personal sender, this is typically the first name and last name ("Harry Potter"). For an organization, it’s often something like support or sales ("Hogwarts support").
Brackets <> Encloses the email address. The email address.

Setting the display name

If you want to control both the display name and the email address when sending out an email, the best method is to set the entire RFC 822 formatted string with the display name and the email address within brackets.

If you omit the display name, WunderAutomation will automatically add the email address as the display name.

From field Resulting RFC 822 address
Hi <> Hi

In short, if you want to show something else than the raw email address in your recipients’ inboxes, make sure you specify the display name and type the email address inside the <> brackets.

Note: WunderAutomation doesn’t have a global setting for the From-field. If you have multiple workflows/actions that send out emails, you need to set the From-field individually in each of these actions.

WordPress is flexible

The wp_mail() function also allows WordPress filters to change both the email address and the display name. By using the filters wp_mail_from and wp_mail_from_name any third-party plugin, theme, or code snippet may hook in to change these values.

Depending on your WordPress setup, you may have code that alters these values and makes the email appear differently in your users inboxes.

Older versions of WunderAutomation

In versions prior to WunderAutomation 1.5.10, the display name wasn’t assigned automatically when using any of the built-in email sending actions. If you are using an older version and need to control the display name, please type the complete formal RFC 822 address in the From-field.