Email setup – Outlook

If you’ve purchased email hosting at Porkbun and now you’re looking to access that email within your Microsoft Outlook account, look no further! What follows is a set by step guide to connecting the two accounts. If you get stuck on a step or encounter a bug, contact us a

  1. Log into your Porkbun account and click the envelope next to your domain name. If you’ve purchased email hosting already, you should see a screen that resembles this:Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.56.32 PM
  2. Keep that page up, open up a new tab in your browser and navigate to your Outlook account. Once you’ve logged in click the gear icon in the top right hand corner of the browser. In the drop down menu, select “Connected Accounts”Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 5.01.53 PM
  3. On the following page, choose “Other email accounts”Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.37.32 PM
  4. Fill out the following fields as I have, substituting my email address and password for your own. IMPORTANT: this is the password that you set when you created your email, not your Porkbun account password.Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.38.37 PM
  5. Select IMAP ConnectionScreen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.39.02 PM
  6. Fill out the top half of the follow form with your own information. The password and Email should match what you entered on the previous page. Your username is your full email address. Mirror what I’ve typed in for the bottom half of the form.Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.39.40 PM
  7. Your account is now connected! Let us know if you have any issues by contacting!Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.39.56 PM


Email hosting vs. email forwarding – the difference

Let’s imagine that you have just bought a shiny new domain name and you want the world to know. You could follow the well-trod routes such as posting to Facebook and writing to mother, OR you could setup a new email address and announce it to the world in style. The question then becomes, “which email option is best for me and how the heck do they work?”

Well, here are your options: email hosting or email forwarding. To make this tutorial more comprehensible, we’re going to assume that you’re setting your email up at Porkbun. If you’re doing this at a different registrar (a) welcome, you should transfer your domains over to us! (b) the concepts will be the same, but the setup process will be somewhat different.

Email forwarding

When you go through the incredibly easy, one-step process that is email forwarding, you’re telling Porkbun that whenever anyone sends mail to it should end up in your primary email account.

So, if I bought the domain, and then setup the email forward as shown below. All emails that are sent to would go to my work email at Porkbun. That’s a fully functioning email forward by the way, so feel free to drop a line.

Here’s the rub, an email forward will only deliver messages to your inbox. When I hit reply to an email that was sent to, it’s going to be coming from and the illusion will have been shattered.

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+ Very easy to setup
+ Free (for up to 10 email forwards)
+ You don’t have to worry about multiple email accounts

– You can’t reply with the same email address

Email hosting

Now that you’re an email forwarding wiz, you probably realize that email forwarding is like setting up a mail forward at the post office except more permanent. Email hosting, on the other hand, is akin to buying another house. It’s a totally new and totally separate email address. You can send and receive messages, store pictures of your cats, setup your signature line and more!

If you’re thinking that email hosting sounds great, you’re right! But you’re not done learning yet. Email hosting isn’t free. At Porkbun is costs $2/month (billed yearly). We have to charge something because, unlike email forwarding, you’re going to be storing data on our servers. All of those cat pictures and chain emails have live somewhere, at your gmail address they live on Google’s servers. With our email hosting solution, they live on our servers and that costs us something.

The second point to make is that email hosting can be a bit more complicated to set up. If you want all your email in one spot (whether that be on your phone, Gmail, Ymail, AOL, etc.) then you’ll have to get your hands a little dirty. You won’t have to go alone though! Here you can find our setup guides, which we’re always expanding upon. You can also contact us at any time at

+ Send email
+ Receive email
+ Comes with 10GB of storage
+ People will be impressed

– Costs $2/month
– Requires some setup

To set up email hosting on Porkbun, you’ll have to decide what comes before the “@” and you’ll have to set a password. Remember this password as you might be using it to log into your email in the future. Once you’ve done that, you should see this:Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 4.30.34 PM

The globe icon will take you to your email inbox, as will the link “” The person icon will be how you can change your password and the trashcan will delete your email address. Lastly, the information in the green box will be relevant if you try to connect your new email account to Outlook, Gmail, your phone or any other email provider. More information on that here.

What do you need?

If you want people to contact you without having to give out your personal email, make your company appear larger than it is, or don’t have any problem with receiving email from one address and sending with another then go with an email forward! If you’re on the fence, get an email forward and see how it works for you. You can always grab email hosting as well.

At this point, you probably already know whether or not you want email hosting. If you want to send emails with your new address then you’ll need email hosting.

As always, contact us if you have any questions! Have a great day.




Porkbun Email Client Setup – iPhones

So, you just setup a wonderful new email address by using Porkbun Email and now you want to send and receive emails on that account on your iPhone? Look no further! What follows is an eight step roadmap that will get your email up and running in under ten minutes. If, for whatever reason, you receive an error message during the setup process, contact us! We’re here to help and we’re pretty speedy about it. Ok, let’s get to it.


Step 1: Open up “Settings,” scroll down and click on “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”


Step 2: Click “Add Account”


Step 3: Click “Other”


Step 4: Click “Add Mail Account”


Step 5: Under the name tab, enter the name you want your emails to show up as (i.e. John  Smith). Then enter in your new email and the password that you chose when you created this email account. Once you’re done click “Next.”


Step 6: Now, you’ll be filling out the “incoming mail server” and the “outgoing mail server” sections. In the “Host Name” tab, enter in “” then enter your full email under “User Name.” Under outgoing mail server, enter “” as the “Host Name” then type out your full email in “User Name” as well as your email password under “Password.” It does say optional on those last two options, but they’re not. Crazy, I know. Once you’re done click “Next” in the top right corner.


Step 7: Click “Save”


Step 8: Pop some champagne because you’re all set up! Now you should be able to access your Porkbun Email through your Mail application. Again, if you receive any error messages during setup or when attempting to send/receive emails, let us know! Our email is



Porkbun Email Client Setup – Gmail

So, you’ve claimed your shiny new domain via Porkbun and you want a custom email address at that domain… and you’d like to able to send/receive from/to that address via Gmail? This guide will step you through that process.

Looking for another email client? Check our other email client setup tutorials.

Step One: Configure Porkbun Email Address

Begin by logging into Porkbun. Open up your Porkbun email settings from the domain management console by clicking on the envelope icon next to the domain you’d like to set up in Gmail.


The next screen, Email Hosting and Forwarding, will appear differently depending on whether you’ve already set up a Porkbun email address. If you’ve already created a Porkbun email address, skip ahead to the section below, “Verifying Your Porkbun Settings.”

If you haven’t yet set up an address, the screen will look like this:


Click the “Setup Porkbun Email” button.

On the next screen, type in the email address you’d like for your domain, and input a password for that email address. Don’t forget it! We’ll need it when we’re configuring Gmail.


Click “Create Email Address” to complete the process.

Verifying your Porkbun settings

If you’ve set up an address, the screen will look like this:


Take a moment to verify the email address listed under “Current Accounts” is the one you want to access via Gmail. Also, note the green box that contains a cheat sheet of the various settings you’ll need to configure in Gmail. We’ll go over those settings in depth in the next section.

Step Two: Configure Gmail Settings

Next we need to open the Gmail settings. To do this, open Gmail in another tab and click on the gear in upper right hand corner. Select “Settings” from the drop down menu.


Click the Gmail gear to open up the Gmail settings.


Once the settings window opens, select the “Accounts” tab and click on the “Add a POP3 mail account you own” or “Add a mail account” link in the “Check mail from other accounts” section.


Enter your new email address:

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Add your POP server settings:

These must be entered EXACTLY as shown on your Porkbun email client configuration settings. Gmail will initially show incorrect settings and you will need to fix them.

  1. Username is your full email address (not just the username).
  2. Password is the password you entered for that email account.
  3. Pop server should be
  4. Port should be 995.
  5. The “Always use a secure connection when retrieving mail.” checkbox should be selected.
  6. Depending on your personal preference you can choose to leave a copy of email on server, label incoming messages or archive incoming messages instead of sending them to your inbox. Leaving these boxes unchecked is probably preferred.
  7. Click the “Add Account” button.

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Select the option that allows you to send mail as your new address:

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Enter your name:

Provide the name of the owner of this email address. This is what will show when email is sent from this address. “Treat as an alias.” should already be checked, if not you should probably check it.

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Now enter your Porkbun SMTP settings:

Again, these need to be entered EXACTLY as shown on your Porkbun email client configuration settings page.

  1. SMTP server should be
  2. Port should be 587.
  3. Username is once again the full email address.
  4. Password is again the password you set up for this email account.
  5. “Secured connection using TLS” needs to be checked.
  6. Click the “Add Account” button.

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Confirm your address:

Google will send a confirmation email to your new address. The confirmation email should appear in your Gmail inbox immediately. If not, you can check for it using the Porkbun webmail client or from the Gmail account you are currently setting up, since we already configured Gmail to check for mail using POP. When you have it, enter your confirmation code or click the provided link to complete the process.

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Step Three: Optional Settings

Under “When replying to a message” you may want to select “Reply from the same address the message was sent to” so that replies to emails sent to your new address will come from it. You can also make your new address your default, so that sending email will automatically default from this new address.


Step Four: Sending Email From Your New Address

Now when you compose an email from within Gmail there will be a drop down in the “From” section. Your new email address should be in the drop down; selecting the new address will send the message from it.



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact support.