A little of my own background,
I'm a webdeveloper and used to the likes of shared hosting, at my new job I have become accustomed to working with our own servers (running CentOS) and the Linux command line.
Because of this, I feel that it is a normal step forward for me to approach a similar solution outside of work, I've grown out of shared hosting and simply want more control over my applications.
I have been looking at a few VPS solutions, read some reviews, and I now feel confident to take on one of these services and migrate my applications.
I have been using my own .com domain for years now when it comes to email, and I would prefer to keep using it after I migrate my applications over to VPS, therefore my question is: How should I approach email in a VPS solution?
I've looked around, and there seems to be some collective fear around the web when it comes to setting up your own mailserver, the best information I have found:
- Get the DNS for mydomain.com updated to point the MX record/s to your server;
- Install the MTA of your choice (I recommend postfix, of course);
- Configure the MTA to receive mail from mydomain.com and deliver to local mailbox/es;
- Install the MDA of your choice (I recommend dovecot, of course);
- Configure the MDA for POP/IMAP access;
- Set up your MUA to retrieve/synchronize the mail.
This is overly confusing for someone with my level of knowledge.
Is this the correct way to approach email? (and if so, is there a better/extensive guide on how to accomplish this?) Or Is there something "easier" that I can do? (keeping in mind I don't want anything extremely fancy, just be able to send and receive emails, some sort of webmail software would be nice too)-