How to Set Up Your Email in Thunderbird

How to Set Up Thunderbird

  1. Open the Thunderbird application.
  2. Go to Tools and click on Accounts Settings.
  3. In the Account Settings popup window, click on Add Account.
  4. When the Account Wizard window appears, select Email account.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Enter your name and email address in the input boxes. This does NOT have to be your username@yourdomain.com. Email addresses such as name@yourdomain.com, webmaster@yourdomain.com, etc. are acceptable as long as they are set up.
  7. Click Next.
  8. You can select either POP or IMAP – both are supported on our servers. If you plan on setting up your mail on many computers use IMAP. Otherwise, we prefer you use POPso the mail does not pile up on the server.
    • POP: Downloads emails to your local computer and removes the copy from the server.
      • Good for preventing your inbox from becoming slow or full
      • Allows you to view emails offline.
      • Since the emails are downloaded and removed from the server, you cannot receive emails on other computers you may have.
    • IMAP: Accesses emails only when you are viewing them, always keeping a copy on the server.
      • Good for accessing emails from many computers (from the office to your home)
      • Requires that you have an internet connection when viewing emails
  1. In the Incoming Server field, enter mail.yourdomain.com (replacing yourdomain.com with your actual domain)
  2. Click Next.
  3. Type in your username that is setup in your control panel using the following format: yourusername@yourdomain.com
  4. Click Next.
  5. Add your email account username that is setup in your control panel.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Click Finish to end the initial setup and incoming server settings.
  8. Click on Outgoing Server (SMTP) in Account Settings to begin the setup of the outgoing mail servers.
  9. Click Add.
  10. Now fill in the following in the popup:
    • Description: Enter your email address
    • Server Name: Type in your mail server (mail.yourdomain.com)
    • Port: You can put 25 or 50. If your isp is blocking port 25, which many do to prevent spam, then choose 50.
    • Make sure the checkbox is checked for “User name and password”
    • User Name: Type in your full email address. Again, make sure this account has been created.
  11. Click OK to finish.