There’s more to a Domain of One’s Own than web sites! You have the power now to create email addresses, forwarders, even mailing lists that are named with your domain.

In this section, we will show you easily how to set up a custom email address that can forward messages to the system you use the most.

Email Settings in Your Cpanel

As you did in Meet Your cPanel, you will need to log into your Reclaim Hosting Client area and then use the menu link to get to your cpanel.

Scroll down to the Email section; we will review the three tools most likely of use to you.

Create an Email Forwarder

Who wants more email accounts to check? Likely you do no need that, but probably the most easy and useful thing to set up is an email forwarder– this allows you to create a custom email address that uses your domain as the destination address, but any messages sent to it will be forwarded to the account you use the most.

Typically people might do info@mydomain.ca or contact@mydomain.ca but you can create any address you want (and more if you want multiple forwarders).

The people at Extend Labs extendlabs.ca that it would be more fun to have an address to put on their web site, or maybe when they create a twitter account, that is madscientist@extendlabs.ca.

So one Mad Scientist logs into the cPanel, and clicks the Email Forwarder icon in the Email section.

They will have this address so all email sent to madscientist@extendlabs.ca will go to the Mad Scientist’s gmail account.

Go ahead and try it, send madscientist@extendlabs.ca a message. They are more nice than mad and may respond.

If you forward to a Gmail address you can create filters for that address that add a label to those messages.

Keep in mind that if you reply to any message, the person receiving the message will see your personal email address, not the one associated with your domain. To have emails originate from your domain address, see below on setting up full email accounts on your domain.

A forwarder is handy because you can always change the address it gets forwarded to, while to the world, it remains the same.

And what else is neat, if you also want emails sent to madscientist@extendlabs.ca to go to another address, you can just create a new Forwarder using the same domain address, but use a different destination address. This will replace the existing ones.

You might create different forwarders for different courses you teach, or projects you are involved in.

Create an Email Account in Your Domain

You can create a full full featured email account in your domain. In your cpanel, look under the Email section for Add Account. Fill out the form here to create an email account based on your domain.

To use this address, you will need to configure your email apps to connect to your mail server. See the cpanel documentation on Email Accounts.

Getting info for your domain email account

Note too there is an interface for accessing this email address via a web client, this might be used for an account you do not need to check regularly.

For this activity, make screenshots of either the forwarders you created, the regular email address or addresses you made, or a message you received from testing it out. Upload this to somewhere in your domain where you can get a link for it (like we did for the activity on creating subdomains).

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  • Slaying the email dragon! (Irene Stewart, @IrenequStewart)

    This took longer than it should have because of my email software program. I had been using Office Outlook from Office 365. It did not like the procaffination mail at all. I set things up in Windows Live Mail. I have two procaffination accounts – irenestewart and crazycatlady. I set up a forwarder from crazycatlady… Read more »

  • Email Address for my new website (Lisa Koster, @lkoster)

    I created an email that I could use to post on my website.  I also forwarded this email to my personal account so I will not have to check an extra email. I added a subpage to my main website and added the picture of my new email onto an html page so it’s easy… Read more »

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