Use SpamAssassin Headers to Filter Mail in Apple’s Mail.app

Posted: March 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Tutorial | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

Assuming you have already enabled SpamAssassin in cPanel, you can use your mail client’s rules to filter messages to your junk folder based on the headers SpamAssassin inserts into mail messages. This example uses Apple’s Mail.app.

  1. Go to Mail > Preferences > Junk mail.
    1. Enable junk mail filtering: checked
    2. When junk mail arrives: Perform custom actions
    3. Trust junk mail headers in messages: checked
    4. Filter junk mail before applying my rules: unchecked.
    5. Mail.app Junk Mail Settings

      Mail.app Junk Mail Settings

  2. Click the Advanced button to create your rule.
    1. Give the rule a name.
    2. In the Conditions section, click the drop-down box and select Edit Header List.
    3. Click the + button and type X-Spam-Status; click OK.
    4. If it is not already selected, click the drop-down box to select X-Spam-Status.
    5. In the next drop-down box, select Begins with.
    6. In the last box, type Yes.
    7. In the Actions section, in the first drop-down box select Move Message to Mailbox and then select your junk folder.
    8. Click OK.
Creating the Junk Filter

Creating the Junk Filter


Enable SpamAssassin in cPanel

Posted: March 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Tutorial | Tags: , | No Comments »

With cPanel, you can get a handle on junk mail using SpamAssassin. You’ll first have to enable SpamAssassin, and then you can either use the default Spam Box folder, or create your own filter in your mail client.

Enable SpamAssassin

SpamAssassin link in cPanel

SpamAssassin link in cPanel

Enable SpamAssassin by logging into your cPanel and clicking the SpamAssassin link. At the top of the page it will tell you whether it’s enabled or not. If it isn’t, click the Enable SmamAssassin button.

Enabling SpamAssassin and Spam Box

Enabling SpamAssassin and Spam Box

After it’s enabled, you have the option to auto-delete spam. Auto-delete is not recommended until you get an idea of the types of mail SpamAssassin thinks is junk; you don’t want to lose access to an important message!

A safer alternative to automatically deleting junk messages is to enable Spam Box. In  this setup, your junk mail will be sent to a separate spam folder, which you can review at your leisure.

Finally, if you use your mail client’s built-in junk controls, you might prefer to set up a filter directly in your mail client.

Once you enable SpamAssassin, it should be pretty easy to get a handle on your junk mail.


What do I need to host my own WordPress site?

Posted: February 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

There are costs associated with hosting your own WordPress site. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. A domain name. These typically cost around $10/year for .com names; other TLD’s may be more or less. You can check name availability at any domain name registrar site like Network Solutions. If you don’t have a domain name, you can secure one yourself or webonaire can do it for you.
  2. Web hosting. You need a place to host your site. Hosting plans start at around $5/month, but you can pay more than that depending on the amount of storage space and any additional features you might need. You might budget $8-$9/month to be on the safe side. Your host should offer PHP, MySQL and Apache’s mod_rewrite module. A linux/BSD environment is preferable. If you don’t have a web host, you can secure one yourself or webonaire can do it for you.

    Note that some hosts offer a one-click install of WordPress. If you decide to go that route, just make sure it installs the most recent version of WordPress and that it offers security updates soon after they are released

Once you have a domain and host, you’ll need to enter the name server (for DNS), typically provided by your domain registrar, with your host. From there it’s just a matter of setting up your MySQL database, editing the configuration file for WordPress, copying the WordPress files to your site, and running the install script.

If the above sounds like Greek to you, webonaire is here to help!


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