How do I set up email accounts on Thunderbird?

Thunderbird is a free and reliable email client which supports auto-configuration.  Like Firefox, it also supports plugins for added functionality such as calendar support.  If you don't have Thunderbird it can be downloaded from here.

To access your email you will need the following:

• Your Email Address
• Your Email Password

When running Thunderbird for the first time it will prompt you to add a new account automatically, if you are already using Thunderbird you will need to click Tools -> Account Settings -> Then look for 'Account Actions' in the lower left. Select Add mail account...

Thunderbird will now ask you to enter 3 bits of information:

  • Your Name e.g. John Smith
  • Email Address: this is the email address you assigned for yourself in the Plesk hosting panel using our setup instructions. e.g.
  • Password: This is the password you assigned for the mail box, which is case sensitive and will be at least 5 characters long.

Once you have entered this information click Continue and Thunderbird willl try to discover your email settings.  It should only take a couple of moments before Thunderbird comes back with all your account details filled out and ready to go.

At this point your only decision is to select which mail protocol you want to use.

Then click 'Create Account' at which point you are ready to go.

All done!

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