How to receive email sent to domain hosted on Digital Ocean?

Posted May 31, 2014 19.1k views
I'm following process on StartSSL - they require to verify the domain: "Select the email address for verification of domain ownership from below." I chose the following address: I do own the domain and I set up DNS: How do I retrieve the email with the confirmation code? *** I tried creating email account via cpanel where I purchased the domain and have hosting, but (obviously) it doesn't work as DNS is pointing to Digital Ocean. So the question for you - is there a quick and easy way of getting that email / setting up mail server? Thanks!

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I found this one:


Or Google Apps /

Do you have any *insider information* whether email is on the roadmap and when it is going to be released?
by Bulat Khamitov
If you would like to create your own online e-mail system, you can use iRedMail. In this article we will explain how you can do it on your Ubuntu 12.04 virtual server.
Email is not on the roadmap because DO isn't shared hosting. They provide unmanaged servers. If you want email for your domain then you'll need to set that up yourself on the droplet.
arlen/JT And how can I set email for my domain on my dropplet. Is there a tutorial
by Lukas Erlacher
This tutorial will tell you how to setup a basic mail server and attempts to teach you a bit about the Postfix MTA (Mail Transfer Agent) in the process.
@guinslym for the sake of internet as whole, and your own, do not try to set up an email server. It's really a bad idea unless you really know what you're doing and you're willing to do it on regular basis. I was always recommended not to maintain an email server on my own, so I'm passing on that recommendation.

Instead, you could keep using shared hosting service, and set up your droplet's DNS records so it keeps using your shared hosting for email. I just opened up a question regarding that particular request, you can keep track if you want.

FWIW i faffed around and ended up keeping mail on shared hosting by entering
MX: hostname handled by
A recor: IP of shared host