I’ve been working on some tutorials for “Documentation December” at Reclaim Hosting. One of the simpler, albeit powerful, tools available through CPanel is Email Forwarding. This enables you to create an email address using you domain, such as [email protected] or [email protected], etc. You can create just about any email address you want off of your domain. What’s more, you can forward any and all mail to that address to your Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, Yahoo, etc.
Why forward mail? Shouldn’t we RECLAIM THE EMAIL! In an ideal world, absolutely. But in reality managing your own email via CPanel is a royal pain in the culo. It’s a lot of overhead, and the spam management can take over your life. There may be a better solution in the near future, but in the meantime at least you can reclaim an email namespace like [email protected] And if even if there isn’t a solution in the near future to hosting email more easily, you should still be able to carry you email address seamlessly from service to service.
Anyway, here’s how….
Forwarding Your Email
Under the email section click on the Forwarders icon.
Once there, click on the “Add Forwarder” button.
Now you can choose your email prefix, such as mail, support, help, etc. and then add the email address you want this email to be forwarded to. The click “Add Forwarder.”
After you added the Forwarder, you should double check your addresses, and you should be all set.
A few years ago I moved my email from being managed through cPanel (which I agree is a complete pain in the rear) to using Fastmail – fastmail.com. They offer lots of options, including power user options, excellent spam filtering, and a great web interface. I’d love to see Reclaim work with them to make reclaiming email even easier.
Thanks for the tip on fastmail, first I am hearing of them. We will definitely check them out, because Reclaim could use a solid, third part alternative to Gmail for folks who want to opt out of the information empire 🙂