Setting up e-mail forwarding for your entire domain in Dreamhost

2010-08-10

Overview

These instructions assume that you would like to set up “catch-all” forwarding, that is you would like mail sent to any e-mail address in your domain to go to some real e-mail address that is outside the domain and most likely managed by a third-party web-based e-mail provider such as Gmail, Yahoo! or Hotmail. To achieve this we need to set up two forwards per domain. The first sets up a single e-mail address within the domain to forward to your real e-mail address and the second sets up a “catch-all” e-mail address to forward mail to every other address to the single e-mail address within the domain. Note that this scheme was developed to work around the fact that Dreamhost will not allow direct forwarding from a catch-all e-mail address to another e-mail address that is not hosted by Dreamhost.

We will assume the following values for the step-by-step instructions:

Step-by-step instructions

It will take some time for the changes to take effect, but once the changes are in place all e-mail sent to any address in your domain will forward to the e-mail address me@gmail.com.

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