It appears pretty simple, but read through this documentation, as this controls much more that you'd expect. As mentioned in the previous chapter, your "default email address" is the one, which can be used as a "catch all", or in other words, to "catch all mail", which is addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Using a catch all can be a blessing and sometimes a curse.
The "catch all" is excellent if you have a high frequency of people whom
mistype your email address, as these addresses (even though mistyped),
will simply be bounced to your "catch all" or "default" email account.
That is, providing they at least managed to spell your domain name properly.
If you're not planning on using multiple "private email boxes", then
you can keep life very simple - just configure the default email address
in your mail reader and leave it at that. This way, you'll receive
everything sent to your domain. There are indeed pro's and con's
to this method, which will be discussed in this tutorial.
1. Login to your control panel (http://www.your-domain.com/cpanel/)
Select "Change" and you'll see a confirmation box, which displays your new default email address. That's it..done!
Remember: In order to receive mail, which finds its way into your "Default Mailbox", you must configure the default address in your mail reader. If you don't, then all mail, which bounces to this address will sit on the server unread. This is easy to do in Outlook Express, as it allows you to configure and monitor multiple email accounts. Email readers such as Netscape on the other hand, are limited to "one" email account. Actually, you could re-configure your mail reader to check your default email box every few days, but who wants to be bothered with that trouble? We suggest using an email reader, which allows you to configure multiple email accounts.
The Webmail Alternative: You can also check your default
email account, or another other mail account by logging into it through
the "WebMail" interface. Simply select the "WebMail" link in your
control panel, and log in to it using your "Main Account"
Username and Password. This will allow to to check your default
email box, as well as other mailboxes without having to configure them
in your mail reader. In fact, using any pop accounts "Username and
Password" will log you into that particular account through the "WebMail"
On the other hand, if you're using "specific pop email accounts", you could opt to disable the "catch all", which would mean that "only visitors or associates who you've given a specific address to" can send mail to a particular email account on your domain.
In this case, everything else, (that you have not configured as a pop mail account) is bounced back to the sender. In our opinion, we suggest leaving your "catch all" enabled for the time being. If Spammers begin sending random junk messages using email@example.com, then you can disable your "catch all" feature.
Disabling your "Catch All Feature"
What happens now?
When the "Catch All" email address (******>>>@yourdomain.com), attempted to process an incoming message from firstname.lastname@example.org, and then forward the (junk message in this case) to the "catch all/Default" email address, it freaked out, and said forget it!! The default email address was set to ******>>> in this case, which is clearly an email address using "illegal characters", so the sending process was aborted. Therefore, the mail system bounced back the above error message to the sender. There are numerous tricks and special recipes you can 'manually' write into the Unix email system for doing essentially the same thing, however through your control panel, this would certainly seem the easiest way of accomplishing the task.