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I'm attempting to override the from display name and email address using wp_mail function. I am using the hook to modify wp_mail_from with my custom function using add_filter('wp_mail_from','abcisupport_wp_mail_from'). If I hard code the value it'll return the address so it's wired up properly. If I use the argument, it returns the site network defaults. How can I pass in a value to the arguments (here: $email and $name) to my overriding functions?

function abcisupport_wp_mail_from($email) {
  return $email; //returns our default site network email address
  /* return 'michael@site.com'; // returns  michael@site.com as the from address*/

function abcisupport_wp_mail_from_name($name) {
  return $name; //returns our default site network display name


function send_abc_mail_before_submit(){
    add_filter('wp_mail_content_type',create_function('', 'return "text/html";'));

    wp_mail($to, $subject, $mailbody, $headers);


Note: all fields within the wp_mail() function are already set; code above has been simplified for readability.

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A couple possibilities.

Use the settings API to add a form field somewhere in your admin area where the user can enter the email they want to use. Retrieve it in your hooked function with get_option.

This would be the way to go if you're going to use the same from email everywhere.

add_filter('wp_mail_from', 'wpse66067_mail_from');
function wpse66067_mail_from($email)
    if($e = get_option('wpse66067_option'))
        return $e;

    return $email; // we don't have anything in the option return default.

Use an object, and store the from email as a property. This would be the way to go if you need to change the from email on a per send basis.

class WPSE66067_Emailer
    private static $from_email = 'something@email.com';

    public static  function send_mail()
        add_filter('wp_mail_from', array(__CLASS__, 'from_email');

        // change the email
        self::$from_email = 'some_other_email@example.com';

        wp_mail( /* args here */ );

        // you probably don't need to do this.
        remove_filter('wp_mail_from', array(__CLASS__, 'from_email');

    public static function from_email($e)
            return self::$from_email;

        return $e;

Use a global. This is (probably) a terrible idea. If you need to use change the email every time, use an object and a property (see above).

$wpse66067_email = 'something@email.com';

function wpse66067_send_mail()
    // globalize and change the email
    global $wpse66067_email;
    $wpse66067_email = 'some_other_email@example.com';

    add_filter('wp_mail_from', 'wpse66067_from_email');

    wp_mail( /* args here */ );

function wpse66067_from_email($e)
    global $wpse66067_email;
        return $wpse66067_email;

    return $e;
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thank you so much. apologies on the delayed response but you've been tremendous. i wish i could +3 for each of the examples you gave. – Michael Sep 26 '12 at 21:23

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