So, a catch-all email address is a mailbox which catches emails sent to your domain name, that may have otherwise been lost because the email address they are being sent to, does not exist.
Let’s break this down a bit more, so we can understand it.
Say someone wants to send you an email, but they type in the email prefix incorrectly, that’s anything here just before your domain name, then having a catch-all email address will mean that you still receive the email.
Let’s have a look at an example.
You have your own business which sells gifts online called youronline-gifts.co.uk.
On your website, you may provide a few email addresses for people to contact you on.
So maybe firstname.lastname@example.org for general enquires and another for sales, so email@example.com.
Say someone wants to contact you, but they forget your email address and type in firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having a catch-all email address will mean that you still receive the email.
So you could create an email address like email@example.com, and then all of the emails sent to any of these email addresses will be collected or ‘caught’, and put together in that one mailbox.
Please note that if you actually have a mailbox set up using one of the prefixes, so using the example; firstname.lastname@example.org, then emails to this address will be sent to that actual mailbox, and not the catch-all email account.
So let’s see how to set up a catch-all email address.
To start, log into your 123-reg control panel.
Scroll down to the ‘Email’ section and click on ‘Manage Email.’
Now hover over ‘create’ and then click on ‘mailbox.’
So say you would like all of the emails to be sent to an email address such as email@example.com, simply select the domain name from the drop-down list here and then enter in the prefix, so ‘mailbox’.
Select the type as mailbox, and choose the type of email package you purchased quota for, so ‘personal’ or ‘business’.
You can then create a password.
It will have to fit the password criteria, so ensure that it is at least 8 characters long with a combination of upper and lowercase letters, as well as numbers.
It must also include at least one special character.
In the admin settings is where you can choose to make this email account a ‘catch-all’ account.
Just tick the box and then click ‘save & exit’.
That’s it; your catch-all email account has been set-up, meaning that any email sent to any emailprefix@ yourexampledomain.uk will be sent straight to this account.
Unless you already have the mailbox set up with that prefix.
Please note that ‘catch-all’ cannot be set for the same email address on an email client such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail.