Frequently Asked Questions

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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?

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?

What is greylisting?

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

The defining characteristic of any email forwarding service is that it forwards the email it receives on your behalf to some other mail server. When it comes to spam, this is a problem.

If we forward spam to other mail servers, those other mail servers don't know we didn't originate it. ("Hey, I really got this message from that other guy!" is a common spam sender trick.) If we forward enough of it, they will assume we are spammers and block our forwarders from delivering email to their mail servers entirely. Doing our best to prevent spam is the only way we can assure our continued ability to provide this service.

For that reason, we cannot honor requests to bypass our filtering mechanisms under any circumstances. To do so would threaten not only our ability to forward email to the member requesting it, but also our ability to forward email at all.

This is an unfortunate circumstance, but it's a necessary evil and is true for all viable email forwarding services, not just ours. If you have some special circumstance that requires you to receive spam, spam-like email, or viruses, or if you simply want to exert maximum control over how your email is handled, you will need to eschew the use of any type of forwarding and arrange for a direct-delivery email service that provides that level of control.