How do I create an email alias/forwarder?

  • Applies to: Grid
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: Account Center access
  • Applies to: Google Workspace
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: Account Center access
  • Applies to: DV 4.0
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: Plesk administrator access
  • Applies to: VPS Hosting
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: Plesk administrator access


This article explains how to create email aliases and forwarders.


You can create an alias or forwarder on its own. In this case, you just need to create the alias. This is explained below.

You can also create an alias for an existing address with its own mailbox. If you want the alias or forwarder to have its own mailbox, please first add the email user.


  1. Sign into the Account Center.
  2. Click on your primary domain.
  3. Click on the Email Aliases & Forwarders tool.


  4. Click the option to ADD NEW.


    Alternately, if you want to edit an existing alias, click on edit next to it.

  5. Enter the name for your new alias, and select the domain. This example shows how to create


    • Special Option: Leave the address blank to receive all email for the chosen domain (excluding existing email addresses). Note that you will receive increased amounts of spam if you do this.
  6. Then, choose the addresses to which you want it to forward. You can choose internal addresses in the first box, and type external addresses in the second box. Hold down Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) to be able to click on multiple addresses.



    If you are creating an alias or forwarder that already has its own mailbox, you MUST make it forward to itself. Otherwise, messages will skip the original inbox and go only to the other email addresses on the list.

    Of course, if you do want mail to skip the original inbox, you don't need to select it.

    • Special Option: Choose (trashcan/blackhole) to automatically delete mail that comes to this address.
  7. If desired, you can set up an auto-reply for this email alias.


  8. Click save to create this alias.

Your new alias will now begin forwarding email as specified.


If you wish to create an alias or forwarder for your Google Workspace for Work account, you can create one inside the Account Center. The instructions below will detail how to add a forwarder in your Account Center.

It is also possible to setup a forwarder inside of your Gmail web client. For information on adding a forwarder using Gmail, please refer to their support documentation: forwards / aliases


1. Sign into the Account Center.
2. While in the Overview page, scroll down and select the ADMIN button associated to your Google Workspace service.
3. Select the user you wish to add a forwarder for.
4. A popup menu should appear. Scroll down and select Add Alias.5. Enter the name for the new alias that will forward email to this account and press enter.
6. Your forwarder is now active. If you need to remove the alias at some point in the future, just return to this section and click the Delete button to the right of the forwarding email address you want to remove. 

Instructions for DV 4.0

Create an Email Forwarder

  1. Log into your Plesk Control Panel.
  2. Click on the Mail tab.
  3. Click Create Email Address.

  4. Fill in the email address information.

    Enter your username, mailbox size, and password.

  5. Click the Forwarding tab.

  6. Check the box for Switch on mail forwarding.
  7. Fill in the addresses you want these emails to go to.

  8. Click the OK button.

Create an Email Alias

To add or remove additional e-mail aliases for a mail account


If you are subscribed to several hosting packages and have access to several webspaces associated with your account, in the Subscription menu at the top of the screen, select the required webspace.

  1. Click Mail.
  2. Select your e-mail address.
  3. Click E-mail Aliases tab.
  4. Do any of the following.
    • To add an address, type it into the E-mail alias box, and click OK.
    • To remove an address, click the Remove link to the right of the address you want to remove.



Service Provider view

  1. Log into the Plesk account for your domain.
  2. Click on Mail Addresses.


  3. You may click on an existing email address, or create a new email address.


  4. Select Forwarding. Ensure "Switch on mail forwarding" is turned on. Add the email addresses that you wish incoming messages to be forwarded to.


  5. Click OK.
  6. Great! You should now have a email forwarder in place!


NOTE: The following cPanel instructions was created using the theme "paper_lantern." If you are using a different theme, your visuals/instructions may vary.

  1. Log into the cPanel account for your domain.
  2. Scroll down to the Email section. Then click on Forwarders.


  3. Click Add Forwarder.


  4. Input the address you wish to forward. Ensure "Forward to Email Address" is selected and input a desired destination address for forwarded messages.


  5. Click Add Forwarder.
  6. Great! You should now have a email forwarder in place!


Gmail will not send messages to an alias that forwards back to itself. e.g., if you set up an alias that forwards to, you will not be able to test the forwarder FROM, although it will work for other Gmail accounts.

Forwarding Loops

Make sure that you don't have two email addresses set up to forward to each other, either on this server or elsewhere. If you have an alias forwarding to a large group of people, and one of those people is also an alias that forwards back to the original address (or to a third address that then forwards to the original!), this can cause such a loop.

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