If you have a Gmail account, you might want to use its free SMTP service. Aside from using your hosting’s portable SMTP server or other third-party email clients, you can send emails with Google’s SMTP server as it’s reliable, secure, and fast.
However, not a lot of people are familiar with Gmail’s SMTP server and how to use it.
In this tutorial, we will show you how to activate Google’s SMTP server from your Gmail account and WordPress site. We will also walk you through Gmail SMTP settings.
What is SMTP?
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is a set of commands that directs the transfer of emails. When you send an email, it will be forwarded from your email client (such as Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, or Mozilla Thunderbird) to the SMTP server. The server will then relay the mail to the recipient’s email server.
The recipient will receive the mail once it’s downloaded from the email server via POP3 or IMAP. There are two types of SMTP servers — internal and external.
Most hosting providers, such as httl.com.vn/en, offer an internal SMTP server. However, you should consider using an external SMTP server, such as Google’s SMTP server. It provides several benefits that you might want to consider:
Convenient. No need to set up your own outgoing mail server (if you use VPS).
Keep in mind that Google limits outgoing emails to 500/day for trial accounts and 2,000/day for GMail and GSuite. Still, it’s a great deal for sites with low email volumes.
How to Use Google SMTP Server?
In this section, we will show you how to send emails using Google’s SMTP server through a custom domain via your Gmail account or with a plugin in WordPress.
Before we continue, here is Google’s SMTP details:
Gmail SMTP server: smtp.gmail.comGmail SMTP username: Your full Gmail address, such as youremail
gmail.comGmail SMTP password: Your Gmail password.
Gmail SMTP port: 465 (SSL)/587 (TLS)TLS/SSL: Required.
Using a Custom Domain
If you have a custom email address, the process to connect to Google’s SMTP server is simple. But first, make sure that you have an email address with acustom domain and a Gmail address.
Before proceeding, you need to prepare aGoogle password – which will give your custom email address permission to access a Google account. Make sure to activate the two-factor authentication on the Gmail address beforehand.
Once you have the Google password, log in to your Gmailor Google workspace account and follow these steps:
Navigate to Gmail Settings by clicking the “gear icon” in the top right.A verification email will be sent to your custom email address. Open it and click the confirmation link.
That’s it! Now your custom email address has been linked with Google’s SMTP server. You can also start sending emails from the custom address through your Gmail account.
Using a WordPress Plugin
An SMTP server is essential in the mail delivery process — it’s responsible for transferring emails from an email client.
That’s why using an outgoing SMTP server like Google SMTP is an excellent choice since it provides a free and reliable solution, especially for sites with low mail volumes.
In this article, you’ve learned how to use the Google SMTP server in two ways — through a custom domain and using a WordPress plugin.
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