address – Internetblog.org.uk https://www.internetblog.org.uk Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://www.internetblog.org.uk/files/2016/01/cropped-favico-32x32.png address – Internetblog.org.uk https://www.internetblog.org.uk 32 32 How to Use Email Forwarding https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1552/how-to-use-email-forwarding/ Tue, 20 Jul 2010 19:03:03 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1552/how-to-use-email-forwarding/

For example, you can forward all messages sent to billing@yourdomain, sales, and marketing all to the same address: tom@yourdomain. That way, Tom will handle those email messages accordingly without having to check each of those accounts separately.

Most web-based control panels have support for mail forwarding built into them. If, for some reason, you do not have that option, you can create forwards manually. To forward email from one address to another, use email aliases. To create aliases, edit the /etc/aliases file and add lines like the following:

billing: tom

That will forward all mail sent to “billing” to “tom”. Once you have created your alises, save the aliases file and run: “newaliases” from the command line.

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Catchall Email Addresses https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1293/catchall-email-addresses/ Mon, 10 May 2010 19:16:03 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1292/catchall-email-addresses/ Spam in Gmail
In the world of web hosting, email addresses can either be real or aliases. A real email address is connected to a mailbox on the mail server. That mailbox will hold any messages sent to the address in queue, awaiting the user to either download it or access it from the Web. An alias is an email address that only holds the appearance of a real account. In reality, any messages sent to it will actually be forwarded elsewhere.

Some websites, particularly those owned by organizations or companies, may use a catchall feature on their mail server. Rather than create an email address for several departments, they may create five and have all other inquiries forwarded to a single address. For example, billing@domain.tld, finance@domain.tld, and stocks@domain.tld may all be handled by the same department. Rather than have an alias for each, the catchall for that domain could point to billing. This can also be useful for catching typos.

There are drawbacks to catchall email settings. Since any email address that does not have a valid mailbox will be accepted and forwarded to the specified account, your account might receive more spam. Some spam bots will seek out keywords like “admin” and “support” and automatically send spam to accounts on your domain with those prefixes. Individual website owners and small organizations will probably not see the benefits of catching extra spam.

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How to redirect a web page without .htaccess https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1043/how-to-redirect-a-web-page-without-htaccess/ Fri, 26 Feb 2010 23:19:02 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1043/how-to-redirect-a-web-page-without-htaccess/ PHP logo
Question: I have a shared hosting account, but my web host has disabled my ability to make .htaccess files. How can I create redirects on my site?

Answer: First of all, it is a bad practice for a web hosting provider to completely disable .htaccess. You should probably consider getting a new host, but if that is not an immediate option, you can use PHP to redirect.

First, replace all of the code in the file you want to redirect to this:

Change the address to reflect your real domain and the correct filename for your new page.

That’s it! There is no second step. You need to make sure that there is no text before the PHP code, not even the <html> tag. Now, every time users visit the old page, they will be automatically redirected to the new one.

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How to setup email forwarders in cPanel https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/802/how-to-setup-email-forwarders-in-cpanel/ Mon, 21 Dec 2009 20:55:34 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/802/how-to-setup-email-forwarders-in-cpanel/ cPanel forwarders
Question: How can I use cPanel to forward emails sent to addresses in my domain to another email address?

Answer: The web-based control panel called cPanel makes it easy to create email forwarders. A forwarder allows you to setup any number of virtual email addresses within your domain and then forward emails sent to them to one or many different addresses. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Login to cPanel.
2. In the “Mail” section, click “Forwarders”
3. Click “add Forwarder”
4. Where it says “Address to Forward” enter the part of the email address that comes before the @ symbol. This should be a prefix that does not already exist as a real email address.
5. In the dropdown menu, select the domain name (if you have more than one).
6. Under “Destination” you can forward emails to an internal or external address, discard and return an error message, or “Pipe to a Program”, meaning that a script will handle the emails.

That is all it takes. Now email sent to the address you specified will automatically be forwarded wherever you want.

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New ICANN CEO releases address https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/303/new-icann-ceo-releases-address/ Wed, 22 Jul 2009 15:03:12 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/302/new-icann-ceo-releases-address/ icann ceo rod beckstrom
New ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom has been in his post for more than three weeks now, but just released his first public address yesterday. In the message, Paul Twomey’s replacement talks about how excited he is to be working at ICANN and details his plans for the future.

While it’s great to see that the new CEO is alive and kickin’ (I thought he was living under a rock), the message doesn’t reveal anything new about ICANN. Rather, it’s the same old pitter-patter I’ve come to expect from Marina Del Rey, the organization’s home city.

First, Beckstrom addressed the new IDN system, stating that this effort would be the to-do at his new workplace.

The first step is to support the implementation of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) so that businessmen in Russia or India, as just two examples, can use their native languages and language scripts to write their domain names, and can access written information and other content in the same way. Perhaps it is appropriate that this very significant change in the Internet marks its roughly 40th anniversary. That same forty years ago, man’s first footsteps on the moon enlightened mankind’s view of his place in the universe. In the same way, IDNs will guarantee that all mankind can have a place on the Internet in their native script.

It took 40 years to realize languages like Russian, Mandarin, and Urdu exist? Beckstrom is trying to mask a failure as an accomplishment.

The CEO went on to discuss DNSSEC, a more secure domain system currently in testing that is supposed to help make Internet users safer by preventing phishing and other domain exploits.

As for new gTLDs, Beckstrom talked about how the web has “historically thrived whenever the system is opened up further to allow users to express their creativity and innovation.” He talked about how the Zulu tribe of South Africa plans to register its own extension, and briefly touched upon the .nyc and .berlin domains.

Finally, the former Cyber Security Chief talked about concerns over ICANN “innovations” like the new domain system, saying that ICANN “look[s] forward to working through these and other issues with the community.”

It’s nice of Beckstrom to address the public, but shouldn’t this message have come three weeks earlier? I’ve discussed problems with transparency and accountability at ICANN before. The CEO’s words are far from heart-warming. Masking shortfalls as great technological advantages, he really didn’t say much of anything. Beckstrom completely glanced over important issues such as ICANN governance and only indirectly discussed cybersquatting. I think the web-surfing public deserves a more substantial statement.

Here is a link to the full address on ICANN’s website.

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