Opera Mail Tutorial

How to configure Opera Mail to connect to your email account

Opera Mail is a free email client that comes as part of the Opera internet browser. It runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, as well as on other operating systems. You can download the Opera internet suite (browser and email client in one) from the official Opera site. As well as a built-in email client, the suite also has an IRC chat client and other features. It can be further customized and expanded with various add-ons.

You can create email accounts for your site hosted by us from the Email section of the HostKnox control panel. To learn how to do this, read the tutorial on creating an email account.

To add a new email account in Opera Mail, after you start the Opera browser click on the Opera menu in the upper left corner and select Mail and Chat Accounts:

Mail and Chat Accounts

If there are no accounts in the email client a window will open informing you that you need to create an account; just confirm by clicking on Yes.

On the window that opens select Email and click on Next:

Adding an Email Account

On the next window in the field for Real Name type any name that you want to use. In the field for Email address type the full email address as you have created from the Email section of the HostKnox control panel. Optionally, you can also fill out the field for Organization:

Name and Email Address

Click on Next to proceed.

On the next window in the field for Login name type your full email address (e.g. username@yourdomain.com), and in the field for Password type the password for the email account. At the bottom of the window mark the button for either POP or IMAP email account type. These are internet protocols for retrieving email messages. The main difference is that with IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) you can read and manage your mail directly on the server, while with POP (Post Office Protocol) the messages have to be downloaded on your local computer. In our example we'll select IMAP:

Login Information and Account Type

Click on Next to continue.

On the next page of the setup wizard you have to type the names of the incoming and outgoing mail servers. By default the fields for both will be filled out with an URL address in the form of mail.yourdomain.com:

Server Names

This will work fine, as long as your domain points to our servers and you don't want to use encryption. If, however, you want your mail to use encryption mark the checkboxes labeled Use secure connection (TLS) for both incoming and outgoing, and in the fields for Incoming server and Outgoing server type the name of the HostKnox server hosting your account. Then click on Finish.

After you click on Finish the mail panel will open automatically on the left side of the browser. There are still a few options you have to configure. In the mail panel either click on the little wrench icon next to the name of your email address or click on the name with the right mouse button and select Properties:

Email Account Properties

On the properties window that pops out click on the Servers tab. There you have to make sure the port numbers for the incoming and outgoing server are correct. The correct port numbers are: 465 for outgoing (SMTP) server with TLS encryption enabled; 587 for outgoing without encryption; 993 for IMAP incoming server with encryption; 143 for IMAP without encryption; 995 for POP incoming server with encryption; 110 for POP without encryption.

In this example the account is configured to work without encryption so the port numbers are 143 and 587 for incoming and outgoing server respectively:

Server Settings

After you make the necessary changes click on OK and that's it. Now you can use Opera Mail to manage your mailbox.

You can also set up Opera Mail to connect to your email accounts in Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc. It's done in the same way as adding an account you have created from the HostKnox control panel, but with a few differences. To learn which settings you need to change read the article on configuring email clients to connect to your email accounts in Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail.