Email forwarding for your WordPress blog is a free service offered by your hosting provider. It lets you set up a virtual email address which contains your custom domain and allows you to forward messages to an email address of your choice. This is a must for your WordPress blog.
Email forwarding is done for the protection of your own personal email address and also to give your email address associated with your blog domain a professional feel.
For example if my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, an email forwarding service will allow me to create a website specific email forwarder such as email@example.com, which is the email address anyone can see.
The designation “support” in front of your domain name can be changed to anything you like, such as admin, info, help and so on. Visitors to your website will never know which email address is behind firstname.lastname@example.org.
To set up an email forwarder is very simple but it will depend on your web hosting provider. I use Hostgator (affiliate link) as a web hosting provider and I will show you how to forward your email address using the cPanel interface. If you are not using Hostgator but your provider offers a cPanel, setting up email forwarding should be pretty well the same.
Some hosting provider use other control panel interface. But most control panels are pretty intuitive and you should be able to locate mail forwarding dashboard without much difficulty.
How To Set Up Email Forwarding In cPanel
Step 1. Log into your cPanel
Step 2. Locate email forwarding option
Image 1. Locating email forwarders
In Hostgator cPanel, which I am using for this demonstration, email forwarders are located in the section called “Mail”. It should be similar in any cPanel interface you use.
Step 3. Click on “Forwarders” and enter Forwarding Dashboard
Image 2. Forwarding Dashboard
In the dashboard click on “Add Forwarder”
Step 4. Create an email forwarder
You will create a new forwarder in the “Add a New Forwarder” dashboard.
Image 3. Add a new forwarder dasboard
In the forwarder dashboard, in the address bar enter any designation to link to your domain name. In this example I used “support”. You can use “info”, “admin” or any other professionally sounding designation.
When you are done entering the information, click on “Add Forwarder” and your forwarder will be created. You can create as many forwarders as you want. They will all be listed in the email forwarding dashboard.
That is all that is to it. Now you have a secure email address for your blog.
Use this forwarded email when you install and set up your blog. If you don’t add this email during the initial installation of your WordPress blog, you can add it later in the “General Settings” section of your WordPress blog Dashboard (see section on Customizing WordPress Blog Settings).
In summary, setting up email forwarding is very simple, especially if your web host offers cPanel interface. Having email forwarders protects your “real” email address and imparts a look of professionalism to your blog.
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