Edit: My problem is solved (but I can't accept my own answer for another two days)

Hi Folks,

Basically I have my domain howcode.com bought at DomainMonster.com. I have set it all up to point to MediaTemple nameservers and everything works - mostly - fine. I have registered an email address [email protected].

The setup is, I presume, working correctly. I can successfully send emails with the account. And I presume I can receive them - but the problem is, nobody can send them to me.

Emailing from a regular, non-Googlemail account appears to work fine but it never arrives in the inbox.

But when you email from a GoogleMail address, an error message is instantly returned saying this:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

[email protected]

Technical details of permanent failure: Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 550 550 relay not permitted (state 14).

----- Original message -----

Received: by with SMTP id g12mr3673969wef.77.1271503997091; Sat, 17 Apr 2010 04:33:17 -0700 (PDT) Return-Path: Received: from [] (client-81-98-94-79.cht-bng-014.adsl.virginmedia.net []) by mx.google.com with ESMTPS id x1sm29451927wbx.19.2010. (version=TLSv1/SSLv3 cipher=RC4-MD5); Sat, 17 Apr 2010 04:33:16 -0700 (PDT) From: Jack Mime-Version: 1.0 (Apple Message framework v1078) Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary=Apple-Mail-7--1008464685 Subject: Re: Hi Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2010 12:33:14 +0100 In-Reply-To: <[email protected]> To: Jack References: <[email protected]> Message-Id: <[email protected]> X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.1078)

Does this work? On 17 Apr 2010, at 12:32, Jack wrote:


I thought this may be something to do with my MX DNS settings. They are setup like so:

MX name: jkljklj.com
TTL: 43200
Type: MX
Data: 10 jkljklj.com.

The A-Record for mail.howcode.com is setup like this:

Name: jkljklj.com
TTL: 43200
Type: A

Is this what's going wrong with the issue?

Thanks very much



2 Answers 2


Mediatemple said:


The problem is that the mail service for howcode.com is disabled in the Enable/Disable Mail control panel."

Hahaha. Ah well.

  • 2
    yes, that's because someone might provide a better answer. In your case probably not, but in general that's why the restriction is there. For more check out threads on meta.stackoverflow.com
    – Josh
    Apr 17, 2010 at 13:50

Please not than some servers will pelanize or fail your mail due to your rdns failing to resolve correctly.

mail.howcode.com -> -> ekiaiooqmm.c06.mtsvc.net

You may want to change your mail server identity to ekiaiooqmm.c06.mtsvc.net or get your ISP to change the rdns entry to mail.howcode.com.

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