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The benefit of using webmail is that it's always there, all you need is an internet connection. The downfall is that all of that email takes up space. Once you start adding images and attachments, it can use more space on your hosting account than your actual website does!
Sure, you can just forward your email to your Gmail address, but that doesn't tackle the issue of the email staying on the server. Forwarding your email doesn't clear out your webmail inbox; you still need to do that manually. So, let's get a better solution!
As of November 16, 2018, we're no longer allowing forwarders on our servers as it triggers "blacklisting" of our IP addresses, and as a result, emails sent won't reach their destination. Please utilize an email handler moving forward:
Gmail is a great solution, and you'd use it as you would an email client (e.g. Outlook, Thunderbird, Eudora, etc.) and also access it from any connection. Here's how:
Create or log in to a Gmail account that you will be using.
Click the gear on the top right > Settings
Click Accounts and Import
Under Check mail from other accounts, click Add a Mail account.
Enter your webmail address in the next window:
Click Next »
Select Import emails from my other account (POP3)
Click Next »
Enter your email details:
USERNAME: Your email address
PASSWORD: Your email password
POP SERVER: host.poweredbyearthgirl.com
To save space, DO NOT CHECK "Leave a copy of retrieved message on the server". Leaving this unchecked allows Google to handle your email 100%.
CHECK "Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving mail.'
If you'd like to tag all of your incoming mail with this address, you can check "Label incoming messages:" -- this helps if your Gmail handles other addresses and you need a way to keep them sorted.
DO NOT CHECK "Archive incoming messages (Skip the Inbox)" or you'll have trouble finding your new messages.
Outgoing settings for Gmail are a bit different than you'd use on a desktop email client:
You can now send email using your hosting account address.