How to Use Gmail to Send Emails

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    To be able to send emails and notifications from your WordPress Portal dashboard, you will need to set up an SMTP server to be used to send emails. In this article, we will show you how to use your Gmail account to send emails and notifications.

    Setup SMPT

    From the navigation menu, go to the settings section and click “SMTP Options”. There you will have access to the SMTP settings form where you will add your preferred SMTP server configurations.

    SMTP Sttings

    Fill in the form with the following data correctly to use Gmail SMTP:

    • Transporter:
      Select Gmail as your transporter from the dropdown menu.
    • Host:
      Use as your SMTP host.
    • Port:
      Use 465 for SSL encryption or 587 for TLS encryption as the SMTP port.
    • Encryption:
      From the dropdown list, select SSL or TLS as an encryption mode.
    • Authentication Mode:
      Select “Login” from the dropdown list to allow Gmail to work.
    • Username:
      This is the username of your Gmail account which should be your email address.
    • Password:
      Put your Gmail password to work along with the username as a combination to authorize your account.
    • Send From Name:
      This is the name that will be displayed to the recipient like this:
    • Send From Email:
      This will be the email address that you want to use. Should be the same as the username that you’ve used above.


    Purge WordPress Portal Cache

    Every time you change the SMTP settings for your WordPress Portal, you will need to purge the app cache from WordPress Portal admin page located in your WordPress dashboard

    Purge WordPress Portal Cache

    Allow Less Secure App Access

    From your Google Account page, go to the Security tab and scroll down until you see the “Less secure app access” section and click to turn it on as you see in this screenshot:

    Now, you are done with setup and configurations and it is time to test your SMTP server to make sure it works fine.

    Send Test Email

    On your WordPress Portal dashboard, go to the Settings section and click on “SMTP Options”. Scroll down to the send test email widget as you see in the screenshot here

    Test SMTP

    Type the email address that you want to send the test email to and click “Send Test Email” and wait for the confirmation. If the SMTP server works, you should get a confirmation message like this:

    SMTP Confirmation

    Congratulations! you are all set and your WordPress Portal SMTP Server should be working as expected.