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How do I set up email on my computer?
My account is all set up, my web site is ready, etc. Now I'd like to get my email working. How do I set up email? What email clients do you suggest I use? I'm new to this stuff!

Setting up your email is easy to do. Once you have set up your mailbox and addresses on our servers, the next step is to choose an email client. An email client is a program that allows you to download mail from your mailbox on our server, and read it on your computer.

Choosing An Email Client

Most email programs are fairly similar. You get a list of messages that you've received, often seperated into different folders so that you can easily organize your various email messages for later retrieval. An email program isn't just a place to send and receive email, but is also a database of past communication with others. Here are some common email programs people use:


Netscape Communicator (comes with an email client built in)

Qualcomm Eudora Pro/Eudora Lite

Microsoft Outlook Express Help Configuring Outlook for DreamHost.


Netscape Communicator (comes with an email client built in)

Bare Bones Mailsmith

Qualcomm Eudora Pro/Eudora Lite

Other operating systems, such as Linux, BeOS, PalmOS, and MacOS X, have a multitude of other email clients available for use. The instructions given below should generally apply to just about all email programs.

Configuring Your Email Client

After you've chosen an email client that you like, you'll still need to configure it for use with our servers. In particular, you should consult your program's manual to find a place to enter an IMAP/POP3 server. For this value, you should type in the mail.yourdomain.com.

Another setting you'll need to type in is the SMTP server. This is ALSO mail.yourdomain.com. If your ISP blocks port 25 however, you may have to use THEIR SMTP server. All ISPs provide one, and should have told you theirs when you signed up.. mail.earthlink.com is earthlink's for example. If your email program has the option, you should select that "My SMTP (outgoing) server requires authentication". We do this so spammers can't use our outgoing mail server to relay spam.

You should also be prompted to type in your email account name and password. There, type in the same username and password you received when you created your mailbox on our web panel.

Your email client may have a number of other configuration items that you may choose from, such as signatures or special sorting preferences. These you will need to consult the manual for, but the values given above should get you started.

Last updated: May 16, 2005.

User Post (2001-11-12 13:44:40 by josh)
Hey guys, try this for outlook express and outlook:<ol>
<li>go to menu: tools, accounts, add, mail
<li>type a name in - this is the name others will see when you email them
<li>type in your email address you set up in the dreamhost panel (eg. steve@sureshock.com)
<li>You can pick either POP3 or IMAP as your server type. IMAP keeps your messages on the server and is good if you have a constant internet connection. POP3 downloads all your messages to your local computer and is good if you work on your email while off-line.
<li>incoming mail is "mail.yourdomain.com", so for me it was mail.sureshock.com
<li>outgoing (SMTP) mail is the same, but if your isp blocks port 25, you'll have to use their SMTP server. If you have earthink it would be mail.earthlink.net for example.
<li>account name and password are provided through the dreamhost panel, so it's probably some weird numbers and letters like "m39525223".
DON'T choose "Secure Password Authentication".
<li>Click next, and then finish.
<li>If you used "mail.yourdomain.com" for your OUTGOING server, you should now click the properties button for the new account you just created. Then click the "servers" tab, and turn ON "My server requires authentication".
<li>click okay and you're ready to roll!
User Post (2001-07-24 13:22:51 by goeller)
<b>Setting up email on our server:</b>

<ol><li>Go to the <a href = "http://panel.dreamhost.com">Account Control Panel</a>.
<li>Click on the <i>Mail</i> Tab.
<li>Click on the <i>Overview</i> link. This will show you where to go to set up different mail-related services.</ol>

If you need more detailed information, try here:

<ol><li><a href = "?area=881">Adding an additional mailbox to your account</a>
<li><a href = "?area=822">Configuring your account's existing mailbox</a>
<li><a href = "?area=2150">Setting up email on our end, and on yours</a>
User Post (2003-10-20 15:52:31 by diablo7)
In Outlook 2000...
#9 from josh above does NOT apply ~ at least not in my case. When I checked this option, then the mail delivery errored.

Everything else listed was very helpful! THX