This site CANNOT replace or provide you with the services of an ISP. It can only provide mail forwarding and space for a small web page. Mail Forwarding: Mail forwarding works like this: This site advertizes itself to the internet as "mellman.net". If you send mail to it will come to this domain. With this site I can establish a (practically) infinite number of mail aliases. The mail alias will have two parts: the name on the mellman.net domain, and the *real* mail address which should receive that mail. Click here for a diagram. For example if my real mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org I can set up a mail alias (on the mellman.net domain) called which forwards all mail addressed to to email@example.com. Thus I would still log in to some-isp.com and get my mail from my firstname.lastname@example.org account, but I could tell people that my e-mail address is: . In reality what happens is the mail goes from the sender to the mellman.net domain. Then the mellman.net domain turns around and bounces it to the real mail address. The mail itself never actually stops at mellman.net (thus, in case you have privacy concerns, I can't ever read your mail). There is no limit to the number of forwarding addresses I can set up so you can have several aliases at mellman.net (for example I am both and ). If someone sends to the wrong first name at mellman.net (for example ) then the mail goes to the administrative account which I administer. This is the one exception to me not being able to read your mail. If this were to happen I would send the mail back to the sender saying they've used the wrong address. To set up a mail forward from mellman.net simply send me the aliases (the names you'll use on mellman.net) and where you want them to forward to (your ISP e-mail addresses). Also let me know if you want to be listed on the directory on the home page of mellman.net (www.mellman.net). Web pages: You can also have a web page at mellman.net, but that will behave a little differently. In this case I will have to be a little more involved. You'll have to mail me your web page and any elements which *must* be on the mellman.net domain (actually I can't think of anything else which must be on mellman.net, but maybe I'm forgetting something). I'll create a directory for you, and set up your web page. In this case what you'll do is have your first page at http://www.mellman.net/[your-name-here]/ and then any links off of this page will simply point to your real web site's address (this is easy to do, and if you don't know I can show you how to do it).
If you have any question about any of this feel free to send me mail. If you want to go ahead and set up email forwards or a web site then send me mail and let me know what names you want.
Last update:   Friday, May 3, 2000