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Aliases

Aliases

Aliases give you control on where you want your mail ultimately delivered to. They allow you to create e-mail addresses to use for different purposes or give out to customers, friends or coworkers. Aliases are the "traffic cop" of Internet mail.

Your aliases are shown in "E-mail_Management" >> "Aliases" where you will notice each of your registered domains (as registered in "Domain_Management" >> "Your Domains") has it's own textarea where e-mail aliases for that domain should be entered and are listed.

 Technical Note...

There are some aliases that are created when you create a POP account, list account and autoresponder that do not show on this page.  This is because these aliases are controlled by the other e-mail tools and tampering with them can cause the associated e-mail account to stop working, so these aliases are hidden for your protection.

Example: When creating a POP called "mypop" for domain hostingfreaks1.com, an alias is created called "mypop@hostingfreaks1.com".  This alias will always forward email to the POP account "mypop" thus can only be modified by removing the POP account.

Format. The format is one entry per line.  That is an alias and the destination e-mail address, POP or "/dev/null" separated by a single space, followed by a hard return. Any changes made to aliases take place immediately.

Some Examples.

information@hostingfreaks1.com myaccount@yahoo.com

Mail sent to the alias information@hostingfreaks1.com will forward to your Yahoo e-mail account (off site transfer).

info@hostingfreaks1.com information

Mail sent to the alias info@hostingfreaks1.com will forward to your POP account called information that you have created using the POP tool. Notice that POP accounts do not have domains associated with them when being used to forward an alias to.

bill@hostingfreaks1.com bill.patonkis@hostingfreaks1.com

Mail sent to the alias bill@hostingfreaks1.com will forward to your alias bill.patonkis@hostingfreaks1.com.  Just be sure that you have bill.patonkis@hostingfreaks1.com setup to go somewhere as well.

 Be Careful...

Every e-mail address needs a final destination otherwise it is known as an infinite loop.  Infinite loops return "recursion errors" which specify that the e-mail could not be delivered.  A final destination is ultimately a POP account where the mail is stored until downloaded.

anythingelse@hostingfreaks1.com masterpop

The special keyword "anythingelse" used in an alias acts as a "catchall" account.  This can be forwarded to any type of e-mail account.  When a catchall is used messages can be sent to anything @ hostingfreaks1.com and will be delivered rather than bouncing as if no alias was specified for the address.

 Helpful Hint...

Spammers love to send e-mail to any address at random domains.  If you use a catchall account you can expect an increase in Spam. A good idea is to create an catchall autoresponder that sends the user back a list of valid email addresses on the server and sends the original e-mail to the trash.  Therefore, if the message was sent by a real user and not a spam machine, the message will be resent to the intended recipient.

pleasespamme@hostingfreaks1.com /dev/null

The special UNIX file "/dev/null" is the systems garbage pail. E-mail can be directed to this file if you do not want to see it or do not care if it can never be recovered.  Once it is sent to /dev/null, it is gone for good - it is not stored. 

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