An email about the activation of an email account.
Note: PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY IF YOU ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH POP3 OR
IMAP MAIL. IF YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW TO USE THEM, YOU PROBABLY JUST NEED
TO KNOW THAT YOUR 'xxxxx' MAILBOX IS NOW ACTIVE. THE PASSWORD IS
IF YOUR DOMAIN IS ALREADY TRANSFERED TO US, YOU CAN NOW ACCESS YOUR
EMAIL BY SETTING YOUR SERVER TO BE mail.yourdomain.com (USE YOUR ACTUAL
DOMAIN!). YOU'LL ALSO BE ABLE TO READ YOUR EMAIL VIA THE WEB AT
http://webmail.yourdomain.com/ (AGAIN, USE YOUR ACTUAL DOMAIN!)
******** Full documentation on using DreamHost Mail **********
******** https://panel.dreamhost.com/kbase/?area=13 **********
The purpose of this email is to let you know that your mail account
has just been activated, and so you can configure your email
program to begin checking that mailbox this very moment!
To do so, you will need an email program for your operating system. Most
likely you already do. If not, we recommend using Netscape's mail client
that comes with their browser (http://www.netscape.com/). It's free,
works well with POP3 and IMAP, and they have a version for just about
every operating system.
To configure your email program, you'll have to find the preferences
area. For Netscape, it's under Edit->Preferences->Mail&Newsgroups->Mail
Servers. Click "Add.." to set up a new mail server instance. The
information you will need to set it up is as follows:
Mail Server: 'mail.yourdomain.com' (replace this with your actual domain!)
ServerType: POP3 OR IMAP.
You get to pick if you'd like to use POP3 or IMAP.. both will work!
What's the difference you ask?
POP3: Your email is copied from our mail server onto your local computer
when you read it. You can choose whether you'd like a copy to remain on
our server or if it should be deleted when you check your mail.
The benefit of POP3 is that it uses less space on our server for your
mail and you can read downloaded email even when you're not connected to
IMAP: Your email always stays on our mail server, and when you check it
only the subjects and folder structure is downloaded to your local
computer. Then, when you decide to read an email message, it downloads
the rest. You can delete messages you don't like without ever
downloading them, and it lets you connect to your mailbox from multiple
computers and have everything set up exactly the same way!
The main benefits of IMAP are: it's faster over slow connections because
at first only the email headers are downloaded, your mail is always held
safely on our servers.. you won't lose anything even if you drop your
local computer down a pit, and any changes you make from one mail
program (say, filing a message into a folder) will be correctly updated
in any other IMAP mail program you use later even on a different
Needless to say, we recommend IMAP! It's way cool and what we all use
for our own personal mail.
Web-based access: Once your domain is working on the web with us, you'll
also be able to access your email accounts with us via a web interface!
Simply go to http://webmail.yourdomain.com/ and log in with your email
address and password. NOTE, your email address MAY be different from the
username listed above.. it's whatever you set up through our web panel's
Alias area! ALSO NOTE, our web-based access uses the IMAP protocol,
which you've just learned all about!
Okay, that's it for incoming mail. As for configuring your outgoing
mail, we currently offer "authenticated SMTP" at mail.yourdomain.com.
Authenticated SMTP means that before you can send outgoing mail you've
got to first check your incoming mail, which then authenticates you
with our server.
For directions on setting up Microsoft Outlook with our servers, please
If your ISP doesn't allow sending mail through any SMTP server besides
their own as a spam precaution (known as "blocking port 25"), you'll
probably have to use their outgoing mail server. To see a partial list
of ISPs that block port 25, and to read more about it, visit:
To change your from address your messages come from you'll have to look
for the configuration area of your email client that lets you set that.
In Netscape, it's Edit->Preferences->Mail&Newsgroups->Identity. Ta dah,
there you go.. set your name, "from" email address, etc.. however you
"But wait," you yell! "How do I make it so messages sent to THAT email
address show up in the mailbox I've just configured my email program to
check?!" Well that's simple.. you just have to make sure your email
aliases are configured properly via our web panel:
(note that a * alias means it's a catch-all address that will pick up every other
address you haven't specifically defined).
And that's it!
Remember, you can administer virtually every aspect of your account from
the web control panel at
Your NDN ID to log in there is: me
If you've forgotten your password, just attempt to log in without one
and you will be given a link to retrieve your password!
Any questions about your account can be submitted from the 'Support'
section at the same URL.
As always, thank you for choosing Dreamhost!
Happy Dreamhost Approval Team
Dreamhost Approval Department
"We host your dreams"
No mention of the mailboxes.domain.tld .... maybe something that could be added if it hasn't been already (That mail was from 3rd March 2003)
Also, i just checked i never had the dreamhost newsletter about the mailboxes thing, i mustn't have signed up for it then!!! bad me.
Oh well, i've read all of this years and last years from the KB so yay!