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Basically what I would like to do is setup an email service for my customers on my site so that they can have "firstname.lastname@example.org" as there email address.
I dont even know where to start. Any advice on this would be much appreciated.
Do keep in mind the non-technical implications. One spammer can bring you major trouble.
Offering email to your users is not something to be taken lightly.
I will be hosting the site itself at Dreamhost most likely. I basically want the person to be able to have the option to create an email address when they join the community style site that I am creating.
- Spammers, who could sully my good (domain) name
- Abhorrence of providing tech support. When DreamHost has (another) surprise down-time, do you really want to field your member's questions about when their email will work again? And if there's a server problem and you lose their email, people will be very angry. (I don't use dreamhost for my hosting anymore, but even with my new host I foresee too great a risk of problems.)
Bottom line: I probably won't do it. Except maybe for hard core members and friends.