How to create e-mail forwarders in cPanel

E-mail forwarders can be handy for a number of reasons, and here I’m going to instruct you on how to create e-mail forwarders in cPanel.

There are a number of benefits to using e-mail forwarders;

  • If you have multiple domains names, such as the .co.uk and the .org.uk, set up forwarders for the other domain names just incase someone mishears your e-mail address and sends it with the other domain extension
  • If you have a tricky-to-spell name (like mine), consider creating forwarders that are either common typos or an easier version. For example, if your name is “Jon”, consider creating a forwarder for “John” as well
  • If you at any time change your e-mail address, make sure you implement a forwarder for your old one for legacy contacts who may not know about the switch

[alert color=”6EB0E2″]What is e-mail forwarding?

E-mail forwarding generically refers to the operation of re-sending an e-mail message delivered to one e-mail address on to a possibly different e-mail address. The term forwarding has no specific technical meaning. Users and administrators of e-mail systems use the same term when speaking of both server-based and client-based forwarding.

E-mail forwarding can also redirect mail going to one address and send it to one or several other addresses. Vice versa, e-mail items going to several different addresses can converge via forwarding to end up in a single address in-box.[/alert]

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Follow these simple steps to learn how to create e-mail forwarders in cPanel
  • Log in to cPanel – these details will have been provided to you when you set up your hosting account. In most cases you can access this by going to yourdomain.com/cpanel.
  • Navigate to the ‘Email’ section – on this page will be a section full of e-mail settings. The options are usually ‘Accounts’, ‘Forwarders’, ‘MX Entry’, ‘Default Address’, ‘Autoresponders’, ‘Mailing Lists’, ‘Track Delivery’, ‘Global Email Filters’, ‘Email Filters’, ‘Authentication’, ‘Address Importer’ and ‘Apache Spam Assassin™’. Your options may slightly differ depending on the host you use, but you will want to choose the ‘Forwarders’ option. You should then see something that looks similar to this:

How to create e-mail forwarders in cPanel

  • Add Forwarder – You will want to choose the ‘Add Forwarder’ button at the top to begin the process. You should then see something similar to this:

How to create e-mail forwarders in cPanel

  • Address to Forward – This will be the address that will forward on. This will not be set up as a mail box, but simply an address which will forward mail on to a desired e-mail account.
  • Domain – This is where you can choose the domain name after the ‘@’ symbol. You may only have one domain in your hosting account, so it’ll show just that one, but if you are setting up forwarders to accomodate all of your different domain name extensions like advised above, this is where you can choose the specific address.
  • Forward to Address – This is where you can choose the e-mail address that the mail will forward to. Make sure that this address is correct and your real e-mail address so that the mail gets to the place it should.
  • Add Forwarder – once those fields have been filled out, press ‘Add Forwarder’ and you will have successfully added an e-mail forwarder in cPanel!

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Now you have learned how to create e-mail forwarders in cPanel, make sure you go ahead and test it out with your hosting account and set up those extra forwarding addresses!

5 Comments

  • Hi Jamie. I sometimes set up an email forwarder it all depends on the website etc. For my personal site I’ve got my personal gmail email connected so it doesn’t look business like. But for other sites I’ve run in the past I’ve either used the webmail services or an email forwarder.

  • For email forwarders, if you want to have one for errors such as when someone types “Jon” instead of “John”, would you have to manually create one for each error or would it all be done automatically by a system?

  • I have certainly used this feature before and it’s very handy. I have needed several email accounts to all be linked to a new one, and this truly helped me. So I say kudos to Cpanel for allowing us to do things such as this.

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