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Setting Up Your E-mail in Mozilla Thunderbird

This tutorial will help you set up the Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client to work with your new e-mail account.

Quick Reference for Experienced Users

User Information:
Your Name -- This is the name that will be displayed when sending your email
Email Address -- The email address people will reply to when receiving email from you

Logon Information:
User Name -- The login is provided by your host / email provider
Note: your email account user name is your email address (eg: name@yourdomainname.com)
Password -- Again assigned by your email provider

Server Information:
Incoming Server (POP3) -- With JoelKnowsIT.com email accounts these values are both in the
Outgoing Server (SMTP) -- format mail.yourdomainname.com

Step-by-Step

To Set Up Your E-mail Account in Mozilla Thunderbird

  1. In Mozilla Thunderbird, select Tools > Account Settings.
  2. Select "Email account " and click Next.
  3. Enter your name and e-mail address.
  4. Select "POP" as the type of incoming server you are using. Your incoming server is mail.coolexample.com, where "coolexample.com" is the name of your domain. Click Next.
  5. Enter your e-mail address for the "Incoming User Name," and "Outgoing User Name." Click Next.
  6. Enter a name for your e-mail account and click Next.
  7. Verify your account information and click Finish.
  8. In the Account Settings window, select "Outgoing Server" listed below your new account.

    Note: if you already have another mailbox set up and this is just an additional email box, then you can leave the current settings for your "outgoing server" or "SMTP server". It's common to use one outgoing server setting for all your mailboxes.
  9. Select to "Leave Messages on Server" for "at most 30 days". There's really no reason to leave the message on there at all once they've been downloaded to your PC but I recommend 30 days.
  10. Continuing on (if this is your first email box or first time using this email program) enter "mail.coolexample.com" for the "Server Name" and change the "Port" setting to 80 if it isn't already.

    NOTE: Almost done! Email or Skype me if you get stuck.

  11. Select "Use name and password" and enter your e-mail address. Thunderbird will ask you for your password the first time you try to send mail. Click OK.
  12. Select "TLS, if available" for better security

  13. Now let's click OK and then "Get Mail" in the upper left corner to see if the settings work!!!! If everything works and the settings are correct, you should start seeing emails appear. (the first time can take a while if there's a lot of email sitting in the queue)