Configure an Email Account in Thunderbird

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This tutorial assumes that you’ve already created your new email account in your web hosting, typically through your hosting control panel. Now let’s learn how to setup that new email account in Thunderbird.
  1. Start by clicking the Tools > Account Settings.
  2. The Account Settings window appears. Click the Add Account button.
  3. The Account Wizard opens. Make sure the Email Account option is selected then click Next.
  4. Enter Your Name as you would like to appear in the From field of outgoing emails.
  5. Then enter your Email Address, click Next.
  6. Now you have to enter your Incoming Server (POP) setting, which would have been provided to you in your welcome email. Typically, the Incoming Server (POP) setting is simply, where ‘yourdomain’ is to be replaced with your own domain name.
  7. Choose POP3 for the incoming mail server setting.
  8. Now enter your Incoming Server (POP) setting here and then click Next.
  9. Now enter the email username as provided to you by your hosting provider. This may be the entire email address or just the username prefix.
  10. Enter your username again. Your outgoing username is typically the same as your incoming username, unless you’re using a different SMTP server. Click Next.
  11. Enter a Name for this new account then click Next.
  12. Click Finish to complete the setup wizard.
  13. We’re almost finished. But first let’s go finish configuring our SMTP outgoing mail server. Click the Outgoing Server (SMTP) link.
  14. Click the Default SMTP server then click Edit.
  15. Enter your Outgoing (SMTP) server setting in the Server Name text field.
  16. Make sure the SMTP Authentication box is checked. SMTP Authentication means that Thunderbird will login to your mail server even when sending emails (not just receiving), ensuring that you are the only one that can send emails from your account.
  17. Enter username. Most SMTP servers use the same username and password as the incoming (POP3) servers. Click OK when finished.
  18. That’s it! We’ve successfully setup an email account, and can now start sending and receiving email to and from that account from Thunderbird.