create a corporate email address

October 31, 2015 1.4k views

hello all:
I understand that if I intend to create a email bearing my domains name, like, I might need to create mail server of my own, which I tried but the result was less than satisfactory.

I also understand that companies like google provides service as such, but it charges $5/month. I can pay them if I have to, but before doing that, any suggestions about other options?


  • Hi Jon,

    It can seem a little daunting starting out but there's nothing like running your OWN mail server independently from the likes of Google, Yahoo, etc.

    Suggest you start here:

    Jump in and see how you go - post back if you have questions ...

    Best, mik

    by Nestor de Haro
    In this tutorial we are going to configure a mail server using Postfix, Dovecot, MySQL, and SpamAssassin on Ubuntu 12.04.
  • thanks mlk. I did use the good tutorials in this site and I asked multiple questions through the process of my attempts in this forum. Call me stupid but eventually I didn't make it. Besides, if I made it, I have to think about the possible maintenance, etc.

    At this point I am more interested in other options to achieving my goal.


  • Hi Jon, sorry to hear that - my first internet facing mail server took me some time to get configured and locked down correctly so I feel your pain ..

    Your other options for corporate email are Office 365, Google Apps for Business or perhaps IMAP/POP3 mailboxes at you domain hosting provider.

    In a nutshell, you need to edit the DNS MX records for your domain to point to Microsoft/Google/etc mail server and then simply configure/manage users & mailboxes using a web dashboard.

    Takes a lot of the complexity out and you normally don't have to worry about things like service uptime, spam, backups, etc.

    Downside is the cost - approx €5 /user per month.

    Hope this helps .. mik

1 Answer

If you're looking for a simple solution, with a free option, Zoho may be something you'd be interested in. All that is required for the initial setup is setting your domains MX records to theirs. They've been a great alternative to Google Apps, and they still offer a free option (of course, it's limited - you're not going to be allowed to create unlimited accounts or anything - for that, you'd need to focus on your own setup or pay)


Alternative, if you have programming experience in PHP, Python or Ruby (just a few examples), you can always use services such as MailGun, Mandrill, SendGrid etc. You'd simply setup your MX to match theirs and use their CP to add "accounts" (which function like virtual e-mail accounts). When one of these accounts receives an e-mail, a webhook would be fired off and from there, the webhook would route the e-mail to an application URI (i.e. something you've self-coded) and it would then be up to the application to handle the incoming POST request (which would include all the mail headers, the body, etc). It's not something everyone does, though it is an option and it does relieve the burden of having to manage your own mail server. Instead, you manage your codebase, which for many, is much easier.

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