MobileMe + custom domain + external hosting?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by RoboCop001, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I've searched and googled around but I haven't quite found the answer yet.

    But basically... Can I get:

    Godaddy hosting with 10GB space and 300GB bandwidth.

    A custom domain such as

    Use MobileMe email with that custom domain.

    So MobileMe hosts the email as it already does but with the custom domain instead of and godaddy hosts the website.

    Is this possible?
  2. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    You could set up the mail server on your domain to forward all incoming mail to your mobile me account, if that's what you're looking to do.
  3. RoboCop001 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I'd do that as an alternative but what I'd really like to do is have all the features of MobileMe with a custom domain.

    It's just that way is better for organizing and I'd still only have to deal with one email address.

    Because then I'd have to change the MobileMe smtp setting to that other server and my emails would be split between the two, as I understand it.

    It would be great of MobileMe can do all the email handling witha custom domain and have that domain point to server space at godaddy for the website.
  4. Galley macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2008
    Sign up for a FREE Google Apps account, and use that to forward your custom e-mail to your MobileMe account. Gmail will even archive a copy of every mail. :)
  5. RoboCop001 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    Is there no way to point MX Records?

    If forwarding is the only option the Google Apps way looks interesting.

    I suppose if I want the person recieving mail from me to see my custom domain instead of I'd have to change the smtp from the server to the custom domain right?
  6. RoboCop001 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    According to the MobileMe chat agent I just chatted with, looks like this isn't possible. Hopefully one day they'll support that, and server-side scripting.

    Looks like forwarding isn't really an option for me either, because sending email from my iPhone will still show up as

    Unless someone else has had success with what I'm looking for?
  7. RoboCop001 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I can't check anymore because my MobileMe trial expired, but can anyoe tell me if the iPhone mobile me smtp setting can be changed?

    If one can change it, then I can change that to my custom domain's smtp so that mail looks like it's coming from there. And forward all incoming to my MobileMe.

    Has anyone done this, if it's possible?
  8. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    You basically have the same feature requests as me.

    I decided to just host my personal email through google apps, but an option you can do is this.

    1) host your email through google apps (or godaddy).
    2) create email address and set to forward to your mobileme address.
    3) also in google (or godaddy if possible) set it to delete or archive the original message.
    4) Setup the and address on your phone.

    This way you can receive the push emails from your phone and also reply from your custom domain. With google I like the delete or achieve feature of original message. That way you won't receive duplicate messages on both accounts. When replying you can select the address to reply from.

    Another option if you can't set original message to archive or delete is to just setup your address and set that account to only check manually. Then just login now and then and delete the inbox messages.

    That would pretty much work, but me like you who uses hosting, scripts, etc.. MobileMe wasn't worth it.

    Don't think you can change the send server settings for mobileme but someone else can confirm for u
  9. RoboCop001 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    Thanks for the reply. Sounds like a good way to do it.

    Actually I did a little more research on it and tried this out on a MobileMe test account:

    get my gmail forwarded to my MobileMe account as you did. Then I took a look at my iphone's MobileMe account settings. Look at the smtp settings and select Add Server.

    Then fill in your gmail smtp or whichever your email service is with.

    Do the same for Mail on the Mac's MobileMe account.

    I tested it and it works great! Mail appears to come from that email instead of MobileMe.
    The only thing is that when you're composing message it still shows your MobileMe in the From area but it is indeed being sent from the other smtp server.

    What I really love about it is that your email appears in both Mobileme Sent mail as well as the other address's Sent mail.

    So all I need configured on my iPhone (and even the Mac I suppose) is my MobileMe account.

    So now I can have all the other cool features of MobileMe and still use it's email.
  10. synagence macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    Submit feedback to Apple ... maybe if enough people do they might look at it... would make MM an A+ service if they did

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