Frequently Asked Questions

The NearlyFreeSpeech.NET FAQ (*)

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How much email can my site send?

I need email hosting for my domain. Where should I get it?

I sent a test message from my Gmail account through NearlyFreeSpeech.NET Email Forwarding, which forwards back to my Gmail account. How come it never showed up?

How can I stop spammers from sending email that says that it's from my domain?

How do I send email to others using a domain name for which I have NearlyFreeSpeech.NET Email Forwarding?

How do I set up third-party email services with NearlyFreeSpeech.NET DNS?

I have NearlyFreeSpeech.NET Email Forwarding. Somebody tried to send me email and it was rejected. Why?

How do I remove / stop being charged for NearlyFreeSpeech.NET email forwarding for my domain?

Why can't I use an email address in a domain used here as my contact address?

We need you to have a current, working email address at all times in case we need to contact you about problems. If anything important to your contact email address is hosted here (DNS, domain registration, or email forwarding) and there's a problem with your service, we might not be able to contact you. That's bad.

For example, suppose your domain is registered here and it expires. And suppose that you forgot your password and need a new one mailed to you to fix things. But you can't get that message because your email doesn't work when your domain is expired. In cases like that, our Privacy Policy turns from a critically-important protection into a colossal roadblock; you'll wind up giving us a DNA sample and fingerprints to get your access back. (Well, not really, but it'll feel like that, especially if you're in a hurry.)

These types of circular dependencies create a lot of headaches, so we simply don't allow them.

If you don't want to have multiple email boxes to keep track of, there is a workaround. If your primary email address is in the domain that you want to host here, which is not uncommon if you have a business, what you can do is set up a special alternate email address somewhere else, for example at a reasonably reliable provider of free email accounts, and easily set it up to forward copies of all the messages it receives to your normal mailbox. That way, you'll get all the messages, but if there's ever a problem, you can fall back on the alternate mailbox to get in touch with us, secure in the knowledge that it's got copies of any recent messages we've sent you to work from.

Just be sure that you don't need your primary email address to reset your alternate one, in case you forget both. A bigger circular dependency is still a circular dependency. Make sure that whatever setup of forwarding and responsibility you set up with multiple email addresses can be represented with a directed acyclic graph.

How do I send email from my dynamic site hosted here?

What should I put in my SPF records to send mail from my site using my domain name?

Why can't I disable the spam filter/virus protection/greylisting on my email forwarding?

What is greylisting?