How to Send Emails in WordPress Using the Gmail SMTP Server

Are you having trouble sending emails from your WordPress site? One easy way to solve this is by sending emails from WordPress using the Gmail SMTP server. In this video we will show you how to send email in WordPress using the Gmail SMTP server.

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Summary of this tutorial:

You can use one of the free gmail accounts to send out WordPress emails but for better deliverability you would want to use the Google Apps for Work.

It will require you to edit some MX records on your domain name but it will allow you to have your domain as the address in your email.

Start by installing and activating the Gmail SMTP plugin for WordPress then go to Settings, Gmail SMTP to configure the plugin settings.

It will require you to create a web application with your Gmail account to get an API key to allow you to use Gmail's SMTP servers.

When setting up the application you will want to select the Gmail API for Web browser(Javascript) and you will be accessing the user data.

The API wizard will walk you through the steps that you need to update for the email to work properly.

With that complete you will be able to add your ID and secret keys to the SMTP plugin's settings page.

Fill out the rest of the SMTP settings page, the type of encryption is TLS and the SMTP port is 587.

With that set up you would want to use the Grant Permission button.

If everything is correct then you should see the status is connected and you will now be able to use Gmail SMTP to send emails from your site.


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