DreamHost IMAP Email Client Server Settings

Most email services will automatically configure when using email clients such as Outlook, Apple Mail, or Mozilla Thunderbird. However, DreamHost email does not automatically configure so you’ll need to use the manual settings configuration.

Here are the general settings you’ll need to use for your email client:

  • Name. Your full name or the name you’d like to use as the sender name.
  • Email. Your email.
  • Account Type. IMAP
  • Incoming Mail Server. mail.yourwebsite.com
  • Outgoing Mail Server. mail.yourwebsite.com
  • User Name. your full email address
  • Password. your email password
  • Secure Password Authentication. Yes, require logon using Secure Password Authentication (SPA)
  • SMTP Authentication. Select “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication.” and choose “Use same settings as my incoming mail server”
  • Root Folder Path. This should be “Inbox.” This is found in Outlook under More settings > Advanced.
  • Incoming server (IMAP). 993 – Use SSL
  • Outgoing server (SMTP). 465 – Use SSL
  • Security Certificate. You will likely be prompted that the security certificate doesn’t match. This is because the certificate is for mail.dreamhost.com and not your own domain. Choose Continue.


The above information was gathered from the DreamHost online support document for configuring Outlook 2013 that was last updated on 21 Sep 2016 at 3:56 PM.

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