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29th September 2009, 12:19 AM
I have set up a website for my partner under a .com address and hosting is on mobile me.

I have also set up an alias email (via the site I have purchased the domain from, planet domain) so people can contact him for cake orders at his name@domain.com and these are sent to his @me.com email.

Is there a way for him to reply using the alias email address, so the replies don't show as @me.com as it's a totally differant name then the website?

29th September 2009, 02:05 AM
I'm not sure of other methods, but this is how I do it. I have a gmail account set up (doesn't really matter what the gmail address is). In the preferences you can change your outgoing email address to whatever you like. So anything sent from that account goes as the address you set... Then in your mail app or iPhone, all you need to do is set the outgoing server to gmail and use the login from the account you just created.

Basically everything that comes in through the alias will go through your standard server as it does now, but now everything that goes through the outgoing gmail server will send as whatever address you have assigned.

Hopefully this helps!

29th September 2009, 09:11 AM
Hopefully this helps!

I'll give that a go, but anyone know if this can be done with a @me email?

29th September 2009, 09:34 AM
Depends which app you're using. In Mail on a Mac you just set your email address to the name@domain.com one and it works. Can't do this on the iPhone or the .me web app. :(

29th September 2009, 09:51 AM
I've been trying to get this same thing happening on my iphone for about six months..
It won't work for me.
I just found out I had to verify the outgoing address I want to use and did it.
Still no joy.
Anyone have it going on their iphone via gmail?

(Hope I'm not hijacking the thread - sorry if I am).

30th September 2009, 06:11 PM
Ok I found the answer on another forum (sorry I can't remember where)


It's a bit laborious, but you can do it. Here's how:

1) Enable IMAP in your Gmail settings if you haven't already:Enabling IMAP - Gmail Help (http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=77695)

2) On your iPhone, tap Settings.

3) Tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars".

4) Tap "Add Account..."

5) Tap Other. (Careful, do not tap Gmail.)

6) Fill out the first screen as follows:
Name: your name
Address: your personal domain email address, i.e., the one you want to appear in the "reply to" field. Do not use your gmail address here.
Password: your gmail password
Description: a useful reminder of what this account is.

7) It will say "looking up account information" and then display an IMAP configuration screen.

8) Skip down to the Incoming Mail Server section and fill it out as follows:
Host name: imap.gmail.com
User name: your full gmail address including "@gmail.com"
Password: your gmail password

9) Under Outgoing Mail Server, fill it out as follows:
Host name: smtp.gmail.com
User name: your full gmail address including "@gmail.com"
Password: your gmail password

10) Press Save.

If you followed the instructions correctly, the account will be created. If you get an error, make sure that all the fields are filled in exactly as above.

Good luck!

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It works!!

1st October 2009, 08:21 AM
There's two separate things that happen with email. Incoming and outgoing. Your incoming email will come from a mailbox of some sort (POP3, IMAP, whatever). This is just a place where email has been told to get delivered. If you've configured a mailbox to receive mail from more than one address then that's what it'll do.

Outgoing mail needs an SMTP server to talk to and will send it's email to that server. The SMTP server won't actually care all that much about what email address the messages is "FROM" although it will do other checks to try and reduce the impact of spam.

What does this mean in relation to your requirement? If you set up an email account with the "FROM" address you need then this will work. I normally set the POP3 side of this to be a dummy account so I don't end up checking email twice from the same mailbox but the impact of checking a POP3 mailbox twice in quick succession is probably minimal.

In Mail.app this could look like this:

http://img.skitch.com/20090930-k6x4g5sk1pgk22npqm6bqtf863.preview.jpg (http://skitch.com/glacierdave/nbk62/mail)
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then hit "Continue" and after a bit of hunting around to see if Mail.app can figure it out all by itself you'll get this:

http://img.skitch.com/20090930-8i77gm6rspbgfx4bw57mbc72b3.preview.jpg (http://skitch.com/glacierdave/nbk9b/mail)
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Unless you particularly want to have Mail.app collecting email more than one this can just be something made up. In Mail.app I've used a POP server that I control but then skip giving a password so it can't actually collect email. Later I'll show you how that doesn't matter as much.

When you hit "Continue" on this one you'll probably get an error about the server not responding. That's fine, just hit "Continue" again.

Also just hit continue on the incoming mail security bit, we're not going to be doing incoming mail on this account so it really doesn't matter.

Now we get to the important part, outgoing mail:

http://img.skitch.com/20090930-8ms18m4rs22kba57mcemba183k.preview.jpg (http://skitch.com/glacierdave/nbk9t/mail)
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In my case I use Internode's secure SMTP because it lets me send email from ANY Internet connection. You'll fill out your own relevant SMTP connection here (including authentication details if appropriate).

Hit continue and it'll check your SMTP settings and then show you a summary of the account. Hit create and you're most of the way there. While you've got the accounts window open, select that account and fix up a couple of settings:

http://img.skitch.com/20090930-c1bix7hjh9sgh9ry2bpqt6rnag.preview.jpg (http://skitch.com/glacierdave/nbmyf/accounts)
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You're now good to go.

When you want to use the email address in an email (new or reply) do this:

http://img.skitch.com/20090930-bfpscw6dmf97u5yiu898mg8ek.preview.jpg (http://skitch.com/glacierdave/nbmyx/new-message)
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Here's a test message I did last night using this process to verify it'd work in Mail.app (previously I'd only done this in MS Outlook):

http://img.skitch.com/20090930-d5ynwfqpqr925jgpffmk5d8hfy.preview.jpg (http://skitch.com/glacierdave/nbmyu/inbox-dave-tis-my-dot-com-12-messages-3-unread)
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(Oh, and thanks to all those on MacTalk who mentioned Skitch - absolutely brilliant little tool)

The same basic concepts would apply to Entourage or pretty much any other email program.


1st October 2009, 08:37 AM
I'll give that a go, but anyone know if this can be done with a @me email?

No. I'd recommend setting up a (free) Google Hosted Services account for the domain and using that.

2nd October 2009, 09:06 AM
If you're looking to use Mail.app please ignore the above mess. I was looking through the help file today for something and found this:

http://img.skitch.com/20091001-bf91nwk9a5qqmi42fa349dkjim.preview.jpg (http://skitch.com/glacierdave/nbtbk/mail-help)
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I tested and it works. Far simpler than my solution above (which would also work but is far less elegant than this solution).

EDIT: Image above is too small to read except if you do the "Click for full size" thing...