Continuing the discussion from Straightforward direct-delivery incoming mail:
I followed your steps and everything is working! I see bounces in the Rejected bin and have tested direct replies email. Way cool! I do however see a problem especially for non-Linux newbies setting up a forum for the first time, such as myself—this having to do with the MX record.
If I understand this correctly; by designating
example.com as the mail host (by way of the MX record), for incoming mail to
example.com, this in-turn appears to eliminate the possibility of using an external easy-to-use website for establishing our general email inbox email address i.e.
email@example.com. This address is printed of course in the Discourse “About” tab by default, and I want the forum I’m creating to indeed have such an address. Because I’m not a techie, and because I see other threats with hosting my own mail server, I feel rather strongly that the inbox for
firstname.lastname@example.org should live outside my DO droplet. I did play with Postfix last night for longer than I care to admit, but in the end, was unsuccessful getting it running. After sleeping on this though, I just feel I’m not well suited to create a mail server on DigitalOcean. I vision more problems than solutions. Simplicity is my focus.
Goal: point my to-be-created
email@example.com to a to-be-created Gmail inbox. Can someone help me understand what I sacrifice by doing this though? If all I lose is immediacy of content appearing, I can live with this. Note: as I see it now, my MailGun setup can stay as-is, for outbound, but then I will need to create TWO Gmail accounts: one that is specifically for bounces, which will be “called upon” (POP3), and another for people who author emails to
firstname.lastname@example.org—the latter of which will end up in a to-be-named @gmail account, which is what I would respond to them on. [Edit: I should clarify; my registrar, NameCheap, allows creation of alias email addresses, and forwarding them (i.e. to Gmail) for free without the need to purchase their own (already cheap) email hosting service.
Do I have this right? Thanks a TON for you help and for all the posts here. I’ve learned a lot!