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Handling emails for several sites

How do you handle email accounts for multiple sites

     
4:15 pm on Apr 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I was just curios how do you handle your emails if you have several sites and each has an email account?

I got tired of adding accounts ( that rarely get any emails anyway ) on Thunderbird but it lets me email with the respective account identity (name, email address).

4:48 pm on Apr 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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That does become a royal pain.

Eventually I consolidated all the basic business into one address (and answered questions about the domain...) to save sanity.

But I don't see a way around it.

5:22 pm on Apr 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A POP/IMAP proxy server (or something similar) might work. Or just a program that checks the various accounts and forwards them to another address. I did a quick google search for 'pop multiple accounts proxy' and just 'pop proxy' but nothing especially on point came up, but I'm assuming there is something out there in that realm that could make life easier for you.

You could also try getting someone to whip up something minimal but functional in perl. You might try writing a message to comp.lang.perl saying a friend of yours wrote one in Ruby and that Perl couldn't match it in size or efficiency. ;) Of course, that's kinda dishonest and a bit trollish, so you could just plainly ask them how to do it.

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I forward all email of quite a few domains to one really big mailbox.
I then collect that using my mail client, wich is also configured to send out email with all the needed from-adresses.

If you're using thunderbird, then you can add more identities to that account and select the appropiate identitity to send mail from.

You will allways have to configure all the addresses where you want to send mail from. That probably will not disappear.

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I also forward all the mail from several domains to one address.

The problem I'm having is that often people send email to an address and I reply from the wrong address! In other words, they send email to zulu@domain1.com and I reply from zulu@domain2.com. Not that I don't have the correct address set up, it's just that I forget to change the 'account' button.

Now it's not a major hassle that people know I own both sites, but it's not very professional. Does anyone know of a way that I can set Outlook to automatically reply from the address that the email was addressed to?

My webmail system does this automatically, but I can't get Outlook to do it... go figure.

6:34 pm on Apr 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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but I can't get Outlook to do it...

Usually, when you have setup outlook with different accounts and retrieve them from your mailserver, the address use for the reply is the same as the one that originally got the email.
Hope it's clear and I didn't confuse you.
8:09 am on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Mmm... maybe that's why it's not working for me. I have them all set up as autoforwarders on the server, so as far as Outlook is concerned, they're all coming from the same mailbox.

I would have thought that there was a way to get it to examine the 'to' address and use that to reply.

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The 'to' address you can use to set up rules for filtering the emails into separate folders, but for replying with the correct address, you need to download them directly.