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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