How do I setup my domain to receive email?

by on June 17, 2013

Q: Hi, I booked a domain name with then booked a VPS running windows server 2008 (with IIS7) to host my web application. I managed to point the domain to the fixed IP of my VPS, however I don’t know how to setup and to send and receive emails from/to my web site/application. Can anyone tell me how and where to start? Thanks a lot.

4 Responses to “How do I setup my domain to receive email?”

    Are you looking to just allow this web application to send and receive e-mails, or are you also looking for personal e-mail accounts?

    Is this a web application you’ve purchased from a 3rd party or something you’re planning on writing yourself?


    Hi and thx for yr comment, the answers are yes and yes it is an application I’m writing myself. I temporarily ended up using godaddy’s smtp so that the receiver sees my domain after the @ which is what I wanted. The problem is, godaddy set nr of daily smtp relays to 250. I know it’s rare that one would need to send over 250 email a day but for a web application this could well be the case. Which is why I wanted to send all emails straight from my IIS7 but in a way the user should see my domain after the @. Any idea would be highly appreciated.

    Picked as best answer

    Thanks for the extra details.

    1. Don’t setup your own mailserver. It’s complicated, and that mail load takes away resources from your server hosting your web application. There are a ton of other issues involved too. For personal e-mail @ your domain, check out Windows Live which will provide free e-mail service for your domain:

    2. For transactional SMTP e-mail for your application, I suggest looking at . Your first 12,000 emails per month are free, so that should give you plenty of space to grow.


      You gotta point about the hassle and the resources issue. I will definitely explore the other two options you mentioned. Thanks again.