Learn how to create an email account to use with your blog. Connect to your email from your mobile/tablet/desktop mail client. Set up a webmail client to read your email from a browser and configure what happens to emails sent to non-existent blog email addresses.
Create email account
To start, locate the EMAIL section of cPanel and click on the Email Accounts function:
This will display the Email Accounts page:
Enter the email name you would like to create and a password. The eye icon next to the password toggles showing the characters or hiding them with * characters. The [Generate] button will generate a password for you. The arrow to the right of the [Generate] button displays or hides parameters for the generated password.
Enter a Mailbox Quota or select unlimited. Enter a value in MB. I chose normally use 256, you can choose any number. I personally avoid Unlimited, as I’ve seen cases where a lot of emails were received, consuming all available disk space and causing issues. If you have a lot of email and value turns out to be too small, you can come back and edit the account to increase it.
Once the email account is created, it will appear in the bottom section of the page.
Using the links shown to the right of the email address you can:
- Password – Change your password if you forget it;
- Quota – Change the account quota if you are running out of space (receiving and keeping a lot of emails);
- Set Up Mail Client – Provides instructions on how to connect to this account from your mail client to access your email. You can connect with or without SSL/TLS (recommended for added security). You can connect using IMAP or POP3. IMAP will allow you to leave email on the server and access from several email clients until deleted (e.g. mobile, tablet and desktop). POP3 downloads it to the first mail client that reads it;
- Delete – Deleted the email account;
- More – More displays a menu containing more options.
The options contained under More are:
- Suspend – Block all incoming and outgoing mail;
- Suspend Login – Block anyone logging into this account;
- Suspend Incoming Mail – Block incoming mail, but allow outgoing mail;
- Access Webmail – Access one of several web-based mail clients;
- Configure Calendars and Contacts – Configure Calendars and Contacts for this email account;
- Manage Disk Usage – Delete existing emails, based on selected criteria (e.g. age) to free up disk space.
Access email account using a Webmail client
To access your email account via a Webmail client, select Access Webmail from the More drop-down menu for that account:
A page will be briefly displayed with a [Login] button. If you click this button or a few seconds pass, the next page will be displayed. If this is the first visit for this account, you will need to click the [Got it] button towards the top-right of the page:
You will have a choice of three webmail clients. If you wish to explore each in detail, the links below to visit their homepage, see screenshots and read the documentation:
You can choose a client each time or click Set as Default under the one you like:
The webmail client will now launch in a new browser tab:
When you are ready, use the LOGOUT link in the top-right to log out of the webmail client (you will still be logged into cPanel in another tab).
You will now see the webmail login screen:
Bookmark this page so you can connect directly to your Webmail in future. The URL should be your domain name with “:2096” at the end (cPanel is normally “:2083” at the end).
Automatically discarding email sent to non-existent accounts
At the bottom of the Email Accounts page is the default email account:
By default, email sent to your domain that is for an account that doesn’t exist will end up here.
To discard emails to non-existent addresses, select the Default Address function from the EMAIL section in cPanel:
Select to discard the incoming email (as shown) and click the blue [Change] button:
You have an email account
Next: We will use this email account as we Install WordPress to create your blog.