email hosting?

  • Posted February 4, 2013

I have a hobby Django project that I’m finally turning into a monetized web app. I’m going to try out DigitalOcean ASAP as your prices are the best out here and is sounds like you have great services and support. When I move this domain out of my shared hosting I realize I’ll loose their email services too. Does DigitalOcean offer any sort of managed email account hosting? I’d rather not have to manage my own mail server if possible. If not, what to other people do for email when they’re running their apps on cloud hosting? Gmail? My app will send out mail to users but on the same domain I also need accounts for support and marketing.


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You can just setup your own on your droplet via sendmail or postfix, etc. Its free but you need to be a little linux savy.


For our startup ideas we work with many droplets and many domains. It was getting insane managing and paying Google Apps for all of them, so we’ve built, mainly for our own needs. We’ve since opened it to the public. It pairs nicely with DigitalOcean: from 0 to email hosting for your droplet in a matter of seconds. You can use it for free if you don’t send too many mails or 12$ a month for as many domains and mailboxes you want.

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Follow the tutorial if u registered domain with free email provider or you have shared server

Read this tutorial

@Timona: DigitalOcean provides unmanaged hosting. That means you get the power of full root access, but it also means you need to set everything up yourself. The best solution depends on your needs. If you only need one or two email address, I’d say you’d be best off just using GoDaddy’s email forwarding.

@Andrew - thank you. What other options are available to set up email via Digital Ocean? I have my domain hosted at Godaddy.

@Timona: There’s no charge on the DigitalOcean end, but Google Apps is a paid service. They let you setup your own domain.

Does it cost money to use google apps to set up your email via Digital Ocean? And can you use your own domain that is for instance hosted at Godaddy?

@amp3rsand: To use google mail, you do not need to edit any configuration on your droplet. Simply add Gmail’s MX records to your domain. <br> <br><img src=“ from 2013-11-17 15%3A39%3A26.png” alt=“screenshot” /> <br> <br>(<code>ADD GMAIL MX RECORDS</code>)