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Send Email in WP using the Gmail SMTP Server

Great info!  Gmail is more secure and reliable than WP email without the added issues.  This is the first part without the instructions for configuring the plugin and API, etc.  See the source link for more and to share this article. – me

Step by step guide on how to use the Gmail SMTP servers to send emails in WordPress. Gmail SMTP plugin helps fix the WordPress not sending email issue.

How to Send Email 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 article, we will show you how to send email in WordPress using the Gmail SMTP server.

Send WordPress emails using Gmail smtp servers

Why and When You Need Gmail SMTP Server for WordPress Emails

Your WordPress site sends emails to notify you of new user registration, lost password reset, automatic updates, and even notifications from your contact forms.

By default, WordPress uses the PHP mail function to send out email notifications. However this function does not work as expected due to a number of reasons.

Most WordPress hosting companies restrict usage of this function to prevent abuse and spam.

Spam filters on popular email service providers check incoming emails to monitor if they are sent from an authentic mail servers. Default WordPress emails fail this check and sometimes may not even make it to the spam folder.

SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is the industry standard for sending emails. Unlike PHP mail function, SMTP uses proper authentication which increases email deliverability.

Gmail provides SMTP service that you can use to send out emails from your WordPress site. If you just want to send WordPress notification emails to yourself and few users on your site, then Gmail SMTP servers are the best option.

However, if you are planning on sending newsletter emails using WordPress, then you should use a mass emailing service provider, like MailGun or SendGrid.

Free vs Paid Gmail SMTP Service for WordPress

You can use your free Gmail account to send out WordPress emails. However, for better deliverability, we recommend using paid Google Apps for Work with Gmail.

With Google Apps for Work, you get your own professional branded email addresssuch as (yourname@yoursite.com).

Google Apps require you to add MX records to your domain name which means that your emails will appear to be coming from your own domain name boosting authenticity and ensuring better deliverability.

We use Google Apps for Work in our business, and can honestly say it’s the best.

How to Send WordPress Emails Using Gmail SMTP Server

If you decided to use Google Apps for Work, then you first need to set up your domain to work with Google Apps. We have a step by step tutorial on how to setup aprofessional email address with Google Apps and Gmail.

Rest of the instructions are the same whether you are using paid or free Gmail account.

There are two ways you can connect your WordPress site to Gmail SMTP servers.

The first method uses OAuth Authentication. This is a more secure method to send emails using Gmail Servers.

The second method is by allowing Gmail to be used with less secure apps. This method is not recommended because it’s less secure. You have to type in your gmail password in WordPress which is visible to all admin users. It should only be used if you are unable to use the first method.

Method 1: Setting up Gmail SMTP using OAuth Protocol

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Gmail SMTP plugin for WordPress. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

For instructions on setting up the plugin and service go to the source:

Source: How to Send Email in WordPress using the Gmail SMTP Server

SiteOrigin CSS — WordPress Plugins

5 stars!  Very easy to use.  You can see the changes as you work.  Excellent developers, well-supported.

SiteOrigin CSS is the simple, yet powerful CSS editor for WordPress. It gives you visual controls that let you edit the look and feel of your site in real-time.

We’ve created a site editing experience that will suit both beginners and advanced users alike. Beginners will love the simple visual controls and real-time preview. Advanced users will love the code autocompletion that makes writing CSS faster than ever.

Inspector

The hardest part of editing your site’s design using CSS is usually finding the correct selector to use. The powerful inspector that comes with SiteOrigin CSS makes this easy. While viewing a full preview of your site, just click on an element and it’ll help you identify the best selector to use to target that element.

The Inspector will help you even if you have no idea what a CSS selector is.

Visual Editor

Don’t like playing around with code? No problem. SiteOrigin CSS has a set of simple controls that make it easy to choose colors, styles and measurements. Combined with the Inspector, you’ll be able to make changes in just a few clicks.

CSS Editor

SiteOrigin CSS has a powerful CSS editor, the likes of which you’d usually only expect from high-end IDEs. It has autocompletion for both CSS selectors and attributes. It also features very useful CSS linting that’ll help you identify issues in your code before you publish your changes.

It’s Free

We’re committed to keeping SiteOrigin CSS, free. You can install it on as many sites as you like without ever worrying about licensing. All future updates and upgrades will be free, and we even offer free support over on our friendly support forums.

Works With Any Theme

There’s an ever-growing collection of awesome WordPress themes, and now with SiteOrigin CSS you can edit every single one of them to your heart’s content. No matter what theme you’re using, SiteOrigin CSS will work perfectly.

Actively Developed

We’re actively developing SiteOrigin CSS. Keep track of what’s happening over onGitHub.

Source: SiteOrigin CSS — WordPress Plugins

Instant WordPress install, free and easy!

Instant WordPress is self-contained, runs from any drive HDD and USB.  No Windows registry, no bits and pieces everywhere, it is all in one folder.  They are working on a version for Mac.  Follow Instant WordPress on Twitter to find out more.

I have been gnashing my teeth and pulling my hair out trying to install WP on Linux Mint 17.3 this week.  I am so close, but not there.  This Instant WordPress will be done in moments, without tons of brain numbing configuration.

“The easy way to install WordPress locally on Windows”

Your Free WordPress Power Tool

Instant WordPress is a complete standalone, portable WordPress development environment. It turns any Windows machine into a WordPress development server. It will even run from a USB key.

http://www.instantwp.com/

What is Instant WordPress?

  • Instant WordPress is a complete standalone, portable WordPress development environment. It turns any Windows machine into a WordPress development server. It will even run from a USB key.
  • Instant WordPress comes complete with its own built-in Apache web server, PHP and MySQL installations that are started and stopped automatically.
  • Instant WordPress comes complete with a set of dummy WordPress posts and pages so that you do not have to create any data or posts to test themes and plugins.
  • Instant WordPress is self-configuring, so it should not conflict with any software already running on your machine.
  • Instant WordPress can be installed as many times as you wish and deleted by simply removing the folder that it is running from. Nothing is left on your machine.

Components

Instant WordPress 4.4.2 contains the following software:

  • WordPress 4.1
  • Apache 2.2.15 (Win32)
  • PHP/5.3.2
  • MySQL 5.1.46-community-nt
  • All dummy WordPress content is courtesy of the nice people at http://wpcandy.com/

Please Note: Instant WordPress is not suitable for live websites
and should only be used for testing and development.

If you want to migrate Instant WordPress installations onto the web, try our guide for WordPress Power Users.

Source: http://www.instantwp.com/install-wordpress-locally/features/

 

 

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