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Mozilla Thunderbird
From the creators of the popular Firefox web browser, Thunderbird is a popular cross-platform email client. Best of all, not only is Thunderbird a powerful tool for online communication, it's also absolutely free (you may obtain a copy here).

Setting Thunderbird up to work with your DreamHost account is fairly simple. Simply launch the Thunderbird application and follow the directions below.

1. When you first open Thunderbird, you may be presented with a dialog asking you if you wish to import existing email from elsewhere. For the purposes of this documentation we won't be doing so, so you should click on 'Cancel' (you can import later, if you'd like - please consult the Thunderbird documentation for more information on this).

2. You will be presented with a dialog sheet asking you what type of account you would like to set up. Select "Email account" and click the "Next" button.



3. In the dialog that follows, you are asked to provide your name and your primary email address (which you will be checking using Thunderbird). Enter these pieces of information and click the "Next" button.



4. The next dialog that appears asks you for some information about your mail server. Select the "IMAP" radio button, and then type "mail.mydomain.com" (replacing mydomain.com with your actual domain name) for both the Incoming and Outgoing mail server settings. When finished, click the "Next" button.



5. The next dialog asks you for your mail account username. This should have been provided to you when you initially created your email account with DreamHost. Enter this piece of information into the "Incoming User Name" field and click the "Next" button.



6. During the next step, you are presented with a dialog asking you to name your account. This can be pretty much anything you'd like, though we recommend making it somewhat descriptive (this is especially important if you have more than one email account set up under Thunderbird, so that you can tell them apart). When finished with this, click the "Next" button.



7. The final step is just a confirmation of the settings you've entered. If you are satisfied with these settings, click on the "Finish" button to begin using Thunderbird. Otherwise, click on the "Back" button to change any previously entered settings.



8. The first time you attempt to download or send email, you will be prompted to type in your email account password. At this time you can, if you wish, choose to save your email password so that it does not need to be entered each time you check your email.

Your email account should now be configured correctly, and you should be able to check your email using Thunderbird. If you run into any problems, have any questions, or can't get it to work please don't hesitate to contact DreamHost customer support.

Last updated: Mar 14, 2005.

User Post (2005-10-03 14:52:21 by nomistower)
Alright, so I've been at this on and off (mostly off) since november of '04.

I'm currently on Thunderbird (version 1.0.6 (20050716)) and have upgraded several times.

I have about 8 accounts that I'd like to set up under thunderbird, but it took me about two months of experimenting and pouring through the KB instructions to get the root account working, even though webmail functioned on every account.

I lost the relevant notes when I packed up and moved, but I'd like to add to this KB entry with a walkthrough that covers more idiot-proof points.

Any wisdom is appreciated.