Configuring Domain Email Systems:
Your Default Email Address:
It appears pretty
simple, but read through this documentation, as this
controls much more that you'd expect. As mentioned
in the previous chapter, your "default email
address" is the one, which can be used as a "catch
all", or in other words, to "catch all mail", which
is addressed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Using a catch all can
be a blessing and sometimes a curse.
The "catch all" is
excellent if you have a high frequency of people
whom mistype your email address, as these addresses
(even though mistyped), will simply be bounced to
your "catch all" or "default" email account. That
is, providing they at least managed to spell your
domain name properly :)
If you're not planning
on using multiple "private email boxes", then you
can keep life very simple - just configure the
default email address in your mail reader and leave
it at that. This way, you'll receive everything
sent to your domain. There are indeed pro's and
con's to this method, which will be discussed in
default/catch all email account:
By default, or until you change it, the default
email address will be the same as your "login name."
1. Login to C-Panel
2. Select "Default Address"
3. Select "Set Default Email
4. Enter a desired default
Just enter a name, (the @yourdomain
part is added automatically)
"Change" and you'll see a confirmation box,
which displays your new default email address.
That's it- done!
order to receive mail, which finds its way into your
"Default Mailbox", you must configure the default
address in your mail reader. If you don't, then all
mail, which bounces to this address will sit on the
server unread. This is easy to do in Outlook
Express, as it allows you to configure and monitor
multiple email accounts. Email readers such as
Netscape on the other hand, are limited to "one"
email account. Actually, you could re-configure your
mail reader to check your default email box every
few days, but who wants to be bothered with that
trouble? We suggest using an email reader, which
allows you to configure multiple email accounts.
The Webmail Alternative: You
can also check your default email account, or any
other mail account by logging into it through the "WebMail"
interface. Simply select the "WebMail" icon at the
bottom of C-panel, and log in to it using your
"Main Account" Username and
Password. This will allow to to check your default
email box, as well as other mailboxes without having
to configure them in your mail reader. In fact,
using any pop accounts "Username and Password" will
log you into that particular account through the "WebMail"
The downside of
enabling "Catch All":
Problems can sometimes arise when Spammers or junk
mailers use this feature as a means to pump their
trash into your mailbox. As long as the "catch all"
is enabled, then all they must do is send to
email@example.com and it will reach you.
On the other hand, if
you're using "specific pop email accounts", you
could opt to disable the "catch all", which would
mean that "only visitors or associates who you've
given a specific address to" can send mail to a
particular email account on your domain.
In this case,
everything else, (that you have not configured as a
pop mail account) is bounced back to the sender. In
our opinion, we suggest leaving your "catch all"
enabled for the time being. If Spammers begin
sending random junk messages using
firstname.lastname@example.org, then you can disable
your "catch all" feature.
Disabling your "Catch All Feature"
Instead of entering a syntax legal name, use illegal
syntax, which will effectively disable your email
"catch all." For example, using characters, which
are known as 'illegal' to the email system such as
(>>>????) will work just fine.
These are characters, which cannot be used in an
email address, which in effect, will render the
"Catch All" feature useless. Go to your "change
default email address" and add something like the
above as default name.
What happens now?
When Spammy or Jimmy junk mailer attempts to use a
random email address to Spam you, it will be bounced
back to them. That is, unless they happen to get a
hold of one of your "legitimate pop email account
names", in which case, you'd have a different
problem on your hands. Yes, you could either deal
with it, or change the address.
Here is what now
happens to a sender using email@example.com :
This is what the sender would receive. Please note
that a classic, but annoying junk mail example is
being used here:
This message was created
automatically by mail delivery software (Exim).
A message that you sent has not yet been delivered
to one or more of its
recipients after more than 24 hours on the queue on yourdomain.com.
The message identifier is: 14m7gv-0007gl-00
The date of the message is: Mon, 04 June 2001
The subject of the message is: MAKE MILLIONS FAST!
The address to which the message has not yet been
Delay reason: error in alias file /firstname.lastname@example.org:
missing or malformed local part (expected word or
"<") in "******>>>"
(Bad email syntax)
No action is required on your part. Delivery
attempts will continue for
some time, and this warning may be repeated at
intervals if the message
remains undelivered. Eventually the mail delivery
software will give up,
and when that happens, the message will be returned
So what actually
When the "Catch All" email address (******>>>@yourdomain.com),
attempted to process an incoming message from
email@example.com, and then
forward the (junk message in this case) to the
"catch all/Default" email address, it freaked out,
and said forget it!! The default email address was
set to ******>>> in this case, which is clearly an
email address using "illegal characters", so the
sending process was aborted. Therefore, the mail
system bounced back the above error message to the
sender. There are numerous tricks and special
recipes you can 'manually' write into the Unix email
system for doing essentially the same thing, however
through C-Panel, this would certainly seem the
easiest way of accomplishing the task.
Configuring Email Auto Responder's: