Domain Mail FAQ
Domain Mail FAQ
This FAQ applies to email addresses that are not within the pacific.net domain. If your email address looks like email@example.com, check out our Email FAQ. Within this FAQ, we use example.com to refer to your domain.
What is "Domain Mail"?
Domain mail, in a broad sense, refers to anything mail–related within your domain, example.com. We use the term in contrast to mail related to our domain, pacific.net, although technically, mail within our domain is also domain mail, since pacific.net is a domain name like any other. We also use the term in–house to refer to whether you have set up mailboxes within your own domain.
What does it mean to have a mailbox in my domain?
Historically, all domain mail for our customers' domains existed as aliases for email accounts within the pacific.net domain (see below). If you don't know what aliases are, see our FAQ on the difference between mailboxes and aliases. This is why many people have domain mail addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org but require a username that looks like user234—the username reflects an email account (mailbox) in the pacific.net domain.
To have a mailbox in your own domain means, when you receive mail for an address within your domain (e.g., email@example.com), messages are placed in a mailbox whose corresponding username and password are also under the control of your own domain. In other words, the username will look like firstname.lastname@example.org and your mail will have nothing to do with a pacific.net email address. Ultimately, this means you are not required to have a pacific.net email address just to have an email address in your own domain (because really, that's just silly). If you like your pacific.net email address, however, you are totally welcome to keep it.
What are the benefits to Domain Mail?
For starters, if you have your own domain, example.com, then you can set up addresses like email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc. If you choose to have mailboxes set up at your domain, you can also add and remove email accounts and manage passwords and aliases.
How is Domain Mail different from email with Pacific Internet?
For a long time, domain mail addresses were merely aliases to pacific.net accounts. This has caused an unending supply of confusion and frustration, for all of us. If your domain's mail is set up this way, you are strongly encouraged (but not required) to consider converting to real domain mail. By "real", we mean the mailbox you check is located within your domain and not ours. There are many benefits to this, including control over your own mail and email accounts.
You can tell whether you're using mailboxes in our domain or not by checking the server settings in your mail client. If the incoming server is mail.pacific.net, then your mail is in our domain.