Side Projects: Email is a Pain
I love working on side projects, but I hate setting up and configuring email for projects. Not only is configuration a pain, but troubleshooting and then remembering to check a dozen+ mailboxes while juggling SPAM and misclassified emails is arduous at best.
A few months ago, I saw a recommendation on Twitter for Forward Email, an email forwarding service. I decided to try it out on a whim, and I have been a happy customer ever since.
Forward Email’s secret sauce is that it’s configurable with just a few DNS records, and then it just works. Setting up a new domain is as easy logging in, registering your domain, and then configuring three DNS records:
MX @ mx1.forwardemail.net 10 MX @ mx2.forwardemail.net 20 TXT @ [email protected]
Now all of my emails go to one account, and setting up a new group or alias for someone only takes me less than a minute from my Cloudflare account, which is where I manage my DNS these days.