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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org will go to the Mad Scientist’s gmail account.
Go ahead and try it, send
email@example.com a message. They are more nice than mad and may respond.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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).
Example for "An Email of Your Own":