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This article was written by a guest author. It is here at PuterGeek.Com with his permission. Bob "Wiz" Feinberg is a PGCN subscriber with his own website and consulting business. Be sure to visit his site after reading this article to see more of his tips and how-tos! Wiz sent this to me to see what I thought about it. I liked it so much I begged him to allow me to put a copy of it here.
Configuring Microsoft's Outlook Express email client to send outgoing email through your local dialup ISP, but have it appear to come from your own www domain name.
This scenario applies to anyone who owns a domain name which is parked or hosted by a web-hosting service that supplies an incoming POP3 email account, but does not supply an outgoing email server (many don't). You are allowed to retrieve your email by POP3 login, or else you have it forwarded to your local ISP account, but you must send all email through your local dialup ISP.
The details concerning your email systems, and their configuration, will be available from the web-host where your domain resides and from your local ISP. Check their support or FAQ pages, or email them for help.
When you currently send or reply to emails concerning your web domain it shows your dialup ISP account name as the sender (i.e.: email@example.com, instead of firstname.lastname@example.org). This may not appear professional to some corporate recipients, with whom you may want to do business, and who expect to see incoming email sent from the domain they are dealing with.
If you want your email to appear to come from your own domain and not from your dialup ISP, read on. This applies to Outlook Express 4 and newer.
"Web host" refers to the company that owns the server where you rent space to host your registered website (i.e.: my domain, www.wizcrafts.net, is hosted by www.prevo.net).
"ISP" means your local dialup Internet Service Provider, where you browse the net and get and send your POP3 email (my ISP is usol.com), using your own email client (program).
"POP3" stands for "Post Office Protocol version 3", the Internet standard for delivering email.
"SMTP" means "Simple Mail Transport Protocol", the Internet standard means of sending email.
Your email configuration details must include the account names & passwords, your Domain's POP3 server, your ISP's SMTP server and if you are allowed to relay email from your domain through your ISP's SMTP server (most paid dialup ISPs allow it, whereas free ISPs may not).
This information does not apply to AOL accounts, when using the AOL dial-in network, which uses its own proprietary email software. Nor does it apply to the Earthlink network, which, I am told, apparently blocks your SMTP email port 25 while you are logged onto their service, and forces you to send all outgoing email through their email interface.
I am told that some local ISPs will not allow you to logon to their SMTP server with a different account name and password than the incoming logon. That will prevent this system from working at all.
Any other Internet Service Provider that forces you to use its own proprietary email system, or people who use browser-based http email systems (Hotmail, Yahoo, Netcenter, FreeInet, etc) will also be excluded from using this technique.
You personally connect to the internet through a local dialup ISP that supplies POP3 and SMTP email facilities, and allows you to logon to their SMTP server under a different name and password than the incoming server information (relaying).
Your ISP may be require you to login and check your own email first, before sending.
Your website's domain-host only allows incoming or forwarded POP3 email, not outgoing.
You use Outlook Express 4 or newer to read and send email through your ISP.
If your web host and your ISP meet the requirements as listed above, follow this procedure, which works for me using www.usol.com as my local ISP: (USOL has access numbers in at least 27 US states and 2 Canadian provinces).
Open Outlook Express and go to Tools, then to Accounts.
Click the Mail tab, then the Add button, then the Mail selection.
A window open to setup a new email account.
On the opening page, of the Internet Connection Wizard, you should type the personal name or title you want others to see when you send or reply to email from your domain.
Click Next to go to the "Internet Email Addresses" page. Check the box that says you already have an email account that you'd like to use. It is usually checked by default. Enter the email address that you want to show to the world, i.e.: email@example.com. This is also the account name you will be setting up here, for your replies to incoming email.
Click Next to go to the "Email Server Names" page. You should select the incoming email server type, POP3, then enter the path for your domain's incoming email server, in the top input field, i.e.: "mail.mydomain.com." You can get the exact path info from your web-host's FAQs, or support pages. They probably supplied this info on your signup confirmation email when you joined your current web-host. This is not your ISP email server, rather, it is the incoming POP3 email account that comes with your website's domain name.
Enter your local ISP's outgoing SMTP server details in the second field, example: "smtp.my-isp.com", or "mail.my-isp.com". This is important. You must have the SMTP email server name as supplied by your local ISP in this field. Contact your ISP if you don't already have this info. Almost all ISPs that use POP3 email supply an outgoing SMTP server. That is how most internet email is exchanged.
Click Next to go to the "Internet Name Logon" page. Here is where it can get confusing. You are asked for your account name and password. These will be the login and password for logging into your domain server for your website, not for your local ISP. This info would be supplied to you when you joined your present web-host, although you may have changed the password once your account was setup and running. Check the box to remember your password.
Click Finish. Now, find the new account in the list of email accounts, where all this began, and double-click the new account to open the properties pages. You need to make some additions to it.
First of all, you can now rename the account to something that makes sense to you, if you so desire (i.e.: My Domain Mail).
Otherwise, go to the "Servers" tab. Check all the incoming account info, then go to the bottom of the page where there is a checkbox for "My Server Requires Authentication." Check the box, then click on the "Settings" button.
In the Settings box that pops up put the checkmark in "Log on Using:" Here you should enter the email login name and password that you use to send and receive email through your local ISP. Click the checkbox to remember your password, then click OK.
Click Apply, then OK to save the changes and close the properties window.
Lastly, to send outgoing email, whether new, replies or forwarded, and have it appear to come from your website domain, rather than from your local ISP, after composing or replying or forwarding an email, do the following.
Before you send the email you need to change the account to send from. The very first field at the top of the email form is the "From" field. Your default email account address will be filled in. There should be a button on the far right side of the From field. Click the button and select the new account name for your website, from the dropdown list of your email accounts.
Once the account name for your website is in the From field, and the subject and body are filled in, when you send the email it will appear to come from your website's domain name, not from your ISP. Please be aware that the email headers may show the path back to your real account, but unless you are spamming people most of them won't have cause to read the header information.
From MSN comes the following information...
If you are using Outlook Express with multiple e-mail accounts from different Internet Service Providers in addition to MSN Internet Access, you can no longer send e-mail from your other ISP accounts when you are signed in to MSN.
MSN is implementing an industry-standard SPAM filtering system on our e-mail servers. This action is part of a new set of anti-Spam initiatives designed to protect MSN customers and the MSN e-mail system from unsolicited commercial e-mail.
MSN does not provide support for accessing e-mail from other ISP accounts through MSN.
If you want to continue to do so while you are signed in to MSN, you must re-configure your Outgoing mail (SMTP) server information to ensure that all of your outbound e-mail is sent through the MSN SMTP mail servers. To do this, follow the instructions below. Repeat these instructions for each additional account you have set up in Outlook Express.
Note: Any issues you encounter with the following configuration are not supported by MSN.
These instructions are only provided to assist subscribers who elect to configure Outlook Express to use more than one ISP e-mail account.
Start Outlook Express.
Click Tools, and then click Accounts.
Click your additional ISP account name in the list.
Under Outgoing mail (SMTP): replace the existing server name with smtp.email.msn.com.
Under Outgoing Mail Server, select the My server requires authentication check box.
Select the Log on using option.
Type your MSN user name in the Account Name box.
Type your MSN password in the Password box.
Select the Log on using Secure Password Authentication check box.
Written by Bob "Wiz" Feinberg, the owner and webmaster of wizcrafts.net and a freelance webmaster for hire. If you have any input or suggestions concerning this article, send them to Wiz at - firstname.lastname@example.org.
If this works for you I am happy to have helped. I will post a follow-up article if enough useful comments or suggestions come in. However, if it doesn't work, don't blame me, blame your restrictive ISP or web-host.
This information was originally supplied to me by my web host, L. James Prevo, of www.prevo.net. He uses this system to send email concerning his excellent, low cost web-hosting business, while he is away on location serving as a Scoutmaster.
The exclusions were explained by The PuterGeek himself, Peter Crockett, based on his experiences trying to manage the 'Puter Geek' newsletter and website, while traveling on the road as a truck driver. Peter is still trying to find an ISP that will allow email relaying along with National access numbers.
Please visit Wiz's websites at www.wizcrafts.net, or www.usol.com/~wizcrafts/index.html.
Email: email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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