The Mailman Configuration


Time for some good ol’ DIY!

I know a tremendous amount of people who use gmail or some other sort of free e-mail account. But it came to my attention that only few of these people actually know how to configure  mail client. Most of them just to via the webinterface of the mailbox (which is also good ofcourse) but if you have a laptop of computer of your own it may be a little more handy to use a mail client.

Most people (like my mother) are struggling with the settings that the mail client requests. Incoming mailserver, outgoing mail server, account, password, ports, … It’s gibberish to most while it is most of the time very easy.

Now I’ll give you a few examples but if you are using the e-mail service of a local ISP you’ll have to go looking for the connection details yourself (the website of the ISP, helpdesk, manual, …).

You will need to access the webinterface of gmail once more because you will need to allow the server to forward your e-mail. Log in, select options >> POP/IMAP mail forwarding >> select the radio button enable POP for every message. Also pick what gmail should do with the downloaded mails. Delete them or keep a copy on the server.

Let me give you the gmail connection details (by the way, if you use thunderbird and you want to configure a gmail account, you don’t need to do any settings, thunderbird does it for you ;-)).
Anyhew, the connection details for gmail are:
The incoming mail server is: pop.gmail.com  (remember our talk about mail protocols?)
The port which is used for POP in this case is: 995
The outgoing mail server is: smtp.gmail.com

And now come the “hard” part. Every mail client will ask you following question: Does the SMTP server require authorization? In most cases this is NO. So nothing extra needs to be done and the port used is most likely 25.
Gmail however does require authorization.
So check the box that it is required (you’ll be using SSL like this). The port number you need to enter is 465.
(Really that’s it, nothing more!)

Now all you need to do is enter your account information. For gmail the account name is the same as your e-mail address. It’s also okay to just give everything which comes before the @. You have a choice in this case.
So the account name is for example: mailtutorial@gmail.com OR gmailtutorial
You will also need to enter your e-mail address which requires no further explaination. And the password for your e-mail address.

And that’s it! Really! Nothing more! Childsplay isn’t it.

There you go! Another trip to the computerstore spared. Another thing you can do yourself. And again some of your hard earned money saved! :D

Now another example. Yahoo! This is also a free e-mail service and yes you can also use a mail client for this.
The configuration is identical to the one of gmail only the pop and smtp server is different:
POP: plus.pop.mail.yahoo.com
SMTP: plus.smtp.mail.yahoo.com

You can also do this with hotmail but I think you can only do this for paying accounts, not the free ones.

Let me know if it worked out!

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