• How to Configure Joomla 2.5 to Send Email using Gmail

    If a Contact Form isn’t sending emails properly, setting the Mail Settings to use Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) may resolve the issue. By default, Joomla 2.5 3.0 uses the PHP Mail() function to send emails from the server. The settings can be modified via the Joomla admin area.
    How to Configure Joomla 2.5 to Send Email using Gmail
    The key point is using the proper SSL port number and using the proper Google account information including the username and password. In the top menu, hover over Site and then click Global Configuration, go to the Server tab. Locate the Mail Settings to configure your SMTP settings. Here you will enter your Google Apps Domain E-Mail account information.

    Google Apps SMTP Email Settings

         Mailer → SMTP
         From Email → Your email address yours@gmail.com
         From Name → Your site name or your name Administrator of This Site
         Sendmail Path → This should already be present if not it needs to be /usr/sbin/sendmail
         SMTP Authentication → Select Yes
         SMTP Security → SSL
         SMTP Port → 465 (If SSL port 465 does not work for you try and use port 587 instead)
         SMTP Username → Your email address yours@gmail.com
         SMTP Password → Your email password
         SMTP Host → smtp.gmail.com
    After adjusting the settings click “Save and Close”. Now you can go to contact form and send email. Be sure to test your Joomla site and ensure emails are sending properly.
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