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The following is also a working combination:
 
The following is also a working combination:
*SMTP Security: TSL
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*SMTP Security: TLS
 
*SMTP Port 587
 
*SMTP Port 587
  
The SSL module must be enabled in apache. If it is not, enable it with a2enmod ssl
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The SSL module does not need to be enabled in Apache.  
  
Note that if you are using WAMP on Windows, you may need to enable the openssl module (which is not enabled by default). To do this:
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The OpenSSL extension needs to be enabled in PHP. The details can be found at http://www.php.net/manual/en/openssl.installation.php
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If you are using WAMP on Windows, the openssl module is not enabled by default and you need to enable it. To do this:
 
# Open the php.ini file and uncomment out the line <code>extension=php_openssl.dll</code>.
 
# Open the php.ini file and uncomment out the line <code>extension=php_openssl.dll</code>.
 
# Save the php.ini file and restart the Apache service.
 
# Save the php.ini file and restart the Apache service.
  
Note that if you use 2-step verification in Gmail, you need to add a new password in Settings - Accounts - Change accounts settings - Other Google Account settings - Security - 2-step verification - Manage your application specific passwords. When the new password is presented in groups of four characters separated by spaces, do NOT enter the spaces into the SMTP password in the mail server settings.
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When the new Application Specific Password (ASP) is presented in groups of four characters separated by spaces, make sure that you '''do NOT enter the spaces''' into the SMTP password in the mail server settings in Joomla.
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* Application Specific Passwords (ASPs): https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/185833
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* 2-Step Verification: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/1070457
  
 
<noinclude>[[Category:FAQ]][[Category:Server configurations]]</noinclude>
 
<noinclude>[[Category:FAQ]][[Category:Server configurations]]</noinclude>

Latest revision as of 22:54, 25 January 2014

If you have a working Gmail account you can use Gmail as your mail server by setting it in the global configuration.

On the server tab set the following:

  • Mailer: SMTP
  • Set the next three lines with your information, leave your path untouched unless you are sure it needs to change for some reason.
  • SMTP Authentication: Yes
  • SMTP Security: SSL
  • SMTP Port 465
  • SMTP username: your gmail username
  • SMTP password: your gmail password
  • SMTP host: smtp.gmail.com

The following is also a working combination:

  • SMTP Security: TLS
  • SMTP Port 587

The SSL module does not need to be enabled in Apache.

The OpenSSL extension needs to be enabled in PHP. The details can be found at http://www.php.net/manual/en/openssl.installation.php

If you are using WAMP on Windows, the openssl module is not enabled by default and you need to enable it. To do this:

  1. Open the php.ini file and uncomment out the line extension=php_openssl.dll.
  2. Save the php.ini file and restart the Apache service.
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Note that if you use 2-step verification in Gmail, you need to add a new password in Settings - Accounts - Change accounts settings - Other Google Account settings - Security - 2-step verification - Manage your application specific passwords.

When the new Application Specific Password (ASP) is presented in groups of four characters separated by spaces, make sure that you do NOT enter the spaces into the SMTP password in the mail server settings in Joomla.