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 hosted here as my contact address?

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

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

What is greylisting?

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

If you want to originate mail from your site that uses a sender address in a domain name of yours, to help prevent your messages from being marked as spam, you should publish an SPF record incorporating our sending servers. This can be easily done without the need to check for periodic updates by using the SPF include facility. Just add include:sites.nearlyfreespeech.net to your SPF record.

For example, if you send email from your site, such as forum registrations from forum@example.com, but most of example.com's email is handled by Google apps, you would add a TXT record for example.com like:

v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com include:sites.nearlyfreespeech.net ~all

This will tell the world that mail from example.com may originate from either Google or our sending servers, and that anything that comes from elsewhere is probably (but not definitely) a forgery.

Because of the very different usages and sending profiles, we have three completely different sets of email servers: one for NearlyFreeSpeech.NET service-related email, another for email forwarding, and a third for mail originating from member sites. Thus it is very important that you do not put include:nearlyfreespeech.net in your SPF record. We also strongly recommend against hardcoding specific servers into your SPF records. We may change them from time to time without notice.