Email

How to set up your mail in Thunderbird

Follow the steps below to set up your Afrihost-hosted email address in Thunderbird.

Thunderbird. A free email application that's easy to set up and customise. Download Thunderbird.

  • Open Thunderbird.
  • Look for the 3 horizontal lines icon next to the search bar and click on it.
  • Hover over ‘New Message’ and click on ‘Existing Mail Account’.
  • In the Mail Account Setup window, enter your name, email address and password. Once done, click on ‘Continue’.
  • Now click on the ‘Mail Config’ button at the bottom and manually enter the following details:

Incoming Mail Configuration Settings

  • Set your incoming settings to IMAP
  • Set your Server Hostname to mail.yourdomainname.co.za
  • The Port should be 143
  • Set SSL to None.
  • Lastly, change your Authentication to ‘Normal password’.
  • Your username should always be your full email address.

    Outgoing Mail Configuration

    • Set your outgoing settings to SMTP
    • Set your Server Hostname to mail.yourdomainname.co.za
    • The Port should be 587
    • Set SSL to None.
    • Lastly, change your Authentication to ‘Normal password’.
    • Your username should always be your full email address.

    Once you have changed your settings, click on ‘Done’.

    What is SSL? Read our Understanding SSL certificates article for more information.

    Server ports:

    • IMAP uses port 143, but with SSL secure encryption IMAP uses port 993.
    • POP uses port 110, but with SSL secure encryption POP uses port 995.
    • SMTP uses port 25, but with SSL secure encryption SMTP uses port 587.


    For more on Afrihost Internet Services settings, visit our Configuration Settings web page.

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