Mac Mail Setup

  1. Open up Mail.app and press Command+Comma to invoke the Preferences window.
  2. Switch to the "Accounts" pane and press the + button in the lower-left corner.
  3. Under "Account Information", fill out the following information:
  4. Account Type: POP or IMAP (we recommend IMAP)
  5. Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  6. Incoming Mail Server: mail.your-domain-name.com
  7. Username: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  8. Password: your email password
  9. Note that POP uses port 110 and IMAP uses port 143
  10. Select "Add Server..." from the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) pop-up menu. Here are the details for it:
  11. Outgoing Mail Server: mail.your-domain-name.com
  12. Server port: 26
  13. Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL): NO
  14. Authentication: password
  15. User Name: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  16. Password: your email password
  17. Dismiss the window by pressing "OK."
  18. Back in the "Accounts" pane, switch to the "Advanced" tab and do not check the box marked "Use SSL" towards the bottom.
  19. The rest of the process is short and sweet, and merely involves changing your preferences to enable POP access.

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Too many connections, 500 errors? Here is a fix.

Thunderbird is normally the route I suggest, however the main problem with Mac Mail I've seen is with the IDLE setting, basically this leaves the connection to the server open to check for new messages as soon as they arrive rather than trying to connect every say 5 minutes or so.

This link describes the setting and how to change it in Mac Mail: http://email.about.com/od/macosxmail..._imap_idle.htm

And I'll copy the relevant parts here:

To have emails appear instantly in IMAP accounts in Mac OS X Mail:

  1. Select Mail | Preferences... from the menu.
  2. Choose Accounts.
  3. Select the desired IMAP account.
  4. Go to the Advanced tab.
  5. Make sure Use IDLE command if the server supports it.
  6. You can additionally uncheck Include when automatically checking for new mail. Keep in mind that Mac OS X Mail receives instant updates only for the open folder, though.

While this may be the desired affect, to get your emails instantly, Mac Mail leaves one connection open for each IMAP folder, that is, INBOX, OUTBOX, TRASH, and any custom folders you may have.

My simple suggestion: Turn off the IDLE function and set it to check every 5 minutes or longer, and monitor your connections.

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