Authenticating with the SMTP server will put a stop to issues such as your message being marked as outgoing spam when being sent.
Below are the steps about how to configure SMTP authentication within WordPress. This guide uses the Easy WP SMTP plugin.
Step 1: Log into your WordPress admin dashboard.
Step 2: Once you are logged in, hover over Plugins and click on Add New. On this page, enter Easy WP SMTP into the search box and press Enter.
Step 3: You should now see a list of search results. As you have searched for the exact file name, the Easy WP SMTP plugin will appear first. To install it, you just have to click Install Now.
Step 4: WordPress will install the Easy WP SMTP plugin for you. Once complete, be sure to click Activate Plugin to activate it.
Configuring WordPress to send using Gmail SMTP authentication
Once you are done with the installation of the Easy WP SMTP plugin, you will need to configure it. In the following steps, we will be configuring the SMTP settings for the Easy WP SMTP plugin.
Step 1: On the left side navigation menu of your WordPress admin dashboard, hover over Settings and click on Email.
Step 2: Update the following configuration and save the settings.
1. From Email Address: Your email address of Gmail.
2. From Name:
3. Reply-To Email Address:
4. SMTP Host: smtp.gmail.com
5. Type of Encryption: Select SSL/TSL
6. SMTP Port: 465
7. SMTP Username: Gmail email address
8. SMTP Password: Enter the password of your Gmail account.
If two-factor authentication is enabled then use the App password generated in Gmail account. If you don’t know how to do it, please refer to our knowledgebase article.