Knowledgebase: How-To
Hosting a Mailing List Without Domain
Posted by on 02 July 2012 10:58 AM

This how-to was inspired by a ticket submitted from a guy who posted in our ASO Forums. Thanks for being our tutorial muse!

This article assumes that you have a domain example.com hosted at another hosting company, with a mailing list list@example.com that you want to host at ASO.

  1. Rename your list to 'list@lists.example.com'.

  2. Edit your DNS records on your web/email host or submit a Support Ticket to your host to arrange the following:

    lists.example.com IN NS ns1.asmallorange.com
    lists.example.com IN NS ns2.asmallorange.com

  3. This delegates the authoritative information for lists.example.com to ASO's nameservers so we can answer DNS queries and respond with the appropriate IP address.

  4. Have your host export your mailing list membership information and configuration with the following commands (these options may or may not be available to you):

    #mailman/bin/list_members -o members-info lists.example.com
    #mailman/bin/config_list -o list-config-info lists.example.com

  5. Set up your ASO account with the domain 'lists.example.com', rather than 'example.com' (alternatively, you can add this as an Add-on Domain under an existing account)

  6. In cPanel click Mail, then Mailing Lists

  7. Click Add Mailing List

  8. Upload the two files 'members-info' and 'list-config-info' to your home directory and send a support ticket to have us import these files with the commands:

    #mailman/bin/add_members -r members-info lists.example.com #mailman/bin/config_list -i list-config-info lists.example.com

Voila! Your mailing list is now hosted on ASO!

If you want to continue using the email address 'list@example.com', you can add a forwarder or an alias at your other host to direct all email for 'list@example.com' to 'list@lists.example.com'.

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