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How to Use Gmail as an SMTP Server

Below is a brief explanation of how to use Gmail as an SMTP server to send email. I personally needed to configure Gmail to test Cforms WordPress plugin to make sure there wasn’t a problem with a clients hosting company servers native PHP mail. I used the below steps to create an account, configure the Gmail settings, and then verify the email was sent.

  1. Create Gmail Account: Got to and create a new account.
  2. Open Cform Settings: Login to your WordPress admin, click on cforms in the left side nav, click on “Global Settings”, and then click on the “SMTP Server Settings” line.