Thunderbird is an excellent and free mail client, from the producers of FireFox web browser, that runs on PC and Mac desktops and laptops.
To set up your Locally email account is straight forward.
The first time you open Thunderbird after installing, you are prompted to create a profile. Next you will be asked about creating an email account or using an existing one. Another way to add a new account is to click on an existing account name (the displayed email address). Under the “Accounts” heading there are two options: “View settings for this account” and “Create a new account”.
Click “Create a new account – Email”.
This displays the dialogue box below, select ‘skip this and use my existing email’
This opens the Mail Account Setup dialogue box. The dialog box is also displayed when you add a new email account (File | New | Existing Mail Account or via the Account Settings/Account Actions).
- your name the way you want it seen on your ‘from’ emails,
- the email address provided on your Locally email setup instructions
- your password provided on your Locally email setup instructions
- make sure ‘remember password’ is ticked
click on Continue
Thunderbird will give you some messages about looking up configurations, it will do this for a while and when it completes it will give you some more choices. Thunderbird won’t get it all right so you will have to make some changes.
Unless you have a very specific reason to use POP3, leave IMAP as the selected option. IMAP is more suitable if you use your email from multiple devices like your phone, laptop & desktop.
Click on Manual Config
You will be presented with a dialogue box like below, and you will have to change a couple of things
- Change both Incoming and Outgoing server hostnames to mail.multisite.locally.uk
- Change your username to your full email address e.g. [email protected] – as per your Locally signup instructions
All other settings should be fine as they are.
Your screen shouldlook a bit like this, then press Done
Your account should be set up and appear on your Thunderbird sidebar. Ready for you to send and receive some test messages. When testing, make sure you check your spam folders. as people tend to send test messages that are very short or have no subjects and many spam filters treat these messages as spam, it is better to test by forwarding a good email that didn’t go to spam/junk.