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Looking for feedback re replacing previous Plesk email management on new ServerPilot/DigitalOcean/Ubuntu 18.04

Hi guys, New here, so be gentle! ;-)

We recently migrated 11 WP websites from Vultr/Plesk to ServerPilot/DigitalOcean on Ubuntu 18.04 Droplet. Website migrations were fine, but I didn’t realize that email accounts would be such a gigantic pain in the rear-end!

Could some of you old hands recommend a simple but reliable replacement for Plesk’s email management? We need to set up new business email addresses to replace the current addresses, as quickly as possible. I have read most of the Q&As here, and it looks like our options are:

[1] Self-host a mail server on a separate Droplet – which would you recommend for ease of use and reliability for a Linux noob? iRedMail and Mail-in-a-Box seem like the most popular solutions.

[2] Set up something like Plesk (VestaCP, Webmin)on a separate Droplet – which, if any, would you recommend for ease of use and basic features like email management, file management?

[3] Use a mail forwarding solution – which are the most popular and affordable? Currently looking at Mailgun for a solution here.

[4] Give up and farm the problem out to someone like Google and let them collect and sell our clients’ personal data? Not really a ‘solution’, but an option, albeit a bad one!

Any thoughts/feedback/solutions greatly appreciated!

Cheers, Terry


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Hi @terrychadban,

This is a really good question. You have also done a really good job with the research, I would say that all of the 4 solutions that you’ve mentioned are perfectly valid!

Having said that it would really depend on your needs, for example:

  • Going for a self-hosted solution like iRedMail and Mail-in-a-Box, is definitely a great way to go. The setup would consume less resources in comparison to a full-blown control panel solution like VestaCP and you would still have full control of your setup.

  • On the other side, if you decide to go with a control panel like VestaCP, this might be handy if you are going to be hosting multiple websites and if you would prefer to manage your websites via a GUI rather than the command line.

  • Using a third-party solution like Google or Mailgun would also work. The benefit is that it would keep your emails separate from your server, but the downside is that it could be quite costly compared to hosting your own mail server.

My conclusion is that all of the solutions that you’ve mentioned are going to work, it just depends on your needs and personal preferences.

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby