What is required to send and receive email from VPS

Discussion in 'Questions and Answers' started by vpsali, Jul 29, 2017.

  1. vpsali

    vpsali New Member

    Jul 29, 2017
    I am planning to get an unmanaged VPS. My question is what is required to send and receive email by my site which will be hosted on that VPS?

    Suppose I have a domain www.vpsboard.com which I got from some domain provider. I am hosting this domain on VPS which I got from company A.

    I assume I will have to install and configure mail server (looking for some good free mail server software) on my VPS to send receive email correct? Is there anything else required for e.g. buying service from some provider to relay emails or something!?
  2. Aldryic C'boas

    Aldryic C'boas The Pony

    Apr 18, 2013
    Honestly, the easiest route here is just using a service like AmazonSES. You can send out ~50k+ emails a month for just a few bucks.

    If you'd rather host your own, postfix is pretty simple to configure. If you're wanting to handle incoming mail as well, dovecot is my choice. Requires some CLI knowledge and getting your hands dirty rather than letting a panel do it all for you, but there's no better way to learn.
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  3. Aldryic C'boas

    Aldryic C'boas The Pony

    Apr 18, 2013
    Another thing to keep in mind - if you want to host your own mailserver _and_ you're worried about reliability, be careful about which VPS provider you go with. It's not uncommon for providers to have large blocks of IP space blacklisted due to more abusive users, and even if you choose a host that doesn't permit spam/etc you can still end up a victim of your neighbor's abuse until the host cleans things up.
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  4. coreyman

    coreyman Active Member Verified Provider

    May 15, 2013
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  5. raj

    raj Active Member

    Oct 25, 2013
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  6. TierNet

    TierNet Member Verified Provider

    Sep 2, 2014
    Exim is also a good option for a mail server. Additionally, you can go for Mailchannels if you intend to send bulk mail without getting blacklisted.
  7. graeme

    graeme Active Member

    Nov 20, 2013
    If it is only for email sent by the site, try a transactional email service like Postmark. Stick to the TOS if you use one though, they are not general purpose SMTP servers.
  8. rocket

    rocket New Member

    May 4, 2017
    I wouldn't bother self hosting your email to be honest, way too much hassle. Say you mess a config up but don't realise it breaking the mail server, now you are going to receive no mail for any domain that you have hosted. Same with sending, it's very hard to get a consistent way of getting into inboxes from all the different providers without a lot of work.

    Personally I host my mail with MXroute, it's pretty cheap (go check LET for some of Jarlands offers) and is managed very well. They use a couple different services to make sure no spammers will cause your mail to be blocked.

    You can connect things such as WordPress or forum software to the MXroute account by using SMTP.

    It's up to you in the end, managing a mail server can be a lot of work.
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  9. stephon

    stephon New Member

    Oct 31, 2017
    As rdns is the part of mail server setup, apart from rdns even need to set up for some text records too.
  10. RDPproviders

    RDPproviders New Member

    Jan 13, 2018
    The ability to send e-mail alerts is essential for the day to day management of any VPS. For system administrators being able to take advantage of this possibility not only makes things easier, but also provides you with many allies in your combat against thieves or downtime with triggers you can create.
    understanding E-mail
    message Transfer agent
    mail user agent
    Installing mailx
  11. mellisa

    mellisa New Member

    Jan 25, 2018
    Simply install cPanel trial version and create E-mail account as per your requirement and configure E-mail accounts in a outlook to send and received the E-mails,so that you can access E-mails after cPanel trial license expired.

    Or you can configure Postfix E-Mail Server with Dovecot to use your VPS as a mail server without cPanel.
  12. JimCarter

    JimCarter New Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    Some providers do install and configure Mail Server in your VPS. Normally with Windows VPS - SmarterMail is installed and with Linux VPS - it is installed with cPanel.
  13. JackThomas

    JackThomas New Member

    Jun 12, 2018
    I would prefer cPanel and create a email account there.
  14. Hostfinch

    Hostfinch New Member

    Jun 4, 2018
    Take a cPanel and send emails through that email account.
    But check the terms and services of the hosting provider and make sure to set a particular limit for email sending as it may be considered as Spam.
  15. tarunap

    tarunap New Member

    Aug 30, 2014
    To send and receive email from vps we require port 25(smtp) port should be enabled.