You can publish files in your file storage area on the web to let others access your files. The domains you can use include
yourusername.yourmail.domain, any aliases* you have, or anything you like inside your own domains.
Only administrators for a Business or Family account can configure a website. Personal accounts can manage their own websites.
You can create each website through the Websites page, and choose which folder is displayed at that site. You can get to the websites screen by selecting the 'Websites' button from the Files tab.
Click the name of your newly created folder to open it. To add files, use the Upload section at the bottom of the page.
Once you have uploaded files to a folder, you can create a website by clicking the Websites button, located on the top and bottom right of the file list. This button will take you to the "File Storage Websites" page. To create a new website:
Your webpages are now published and accessible at the web address you specified.
If you are not using your own domain, you will publish your content to an address based on your username or alias, for example
http://joebloggs.fastmail.com. Please note that for security reasons, the content is actually hosted at
http://joebloggs.fastmail.com.user.fm. Addresses without the
user.fm suffix will work, but will immediately redirect to the same address with the suffix.
If you've set a password on your site and would like to access your files over an encrypted connection, you can do so by using the special address of the form below:
You can have a default page that visitors will see when they view your folders. This file can be called either index.html or index.htm. It must be lower case. If both index.html and index.htm are present, index.html will be shown.
The website hosting facility is only designed to host simple static webpages. For scripting and database functionality use a full web hosting provider.
To add a custom
404 (Not Found) page to your website, upload a file named
404.html to the top-level directory for your website.
If you are hosting your domain's DNS with us, there's nothing special to set up.
If you are not hosting your domain's DNS records with us, you will need to set the appropriate DNS records to point to the FastMail servers. You need a CNAME record pointing to
web.messagingengine.com for the domain you want to use.
It can be tricky to set up CNAME records properly. It is probably preferable to host your DNS with us, unless you thoroughly understand DNS, and know what you're doing. Remember, even after you have updated your DNS records, you still need to configure the website on the Websites screen as outlined above.
In some rare cases, users want to host websites at FastMail, but want to host DNS and/or email for their domain elsewhere. In that case, you should preferably point your domain to the CNAME record
web.messagingengine.com. Because of the issues with setting a CNAME record for your primary domain as described above, we recommend you set the CNAME for
www.yourdomain.com. If you absolutely must use IP addresses, you can currently use
188.8.131.52, but we recommend against this where CNAME or hosting DNS with us is possible.
Aliases with a
. (dot) in them can't be used to create a website. The reason for this is around "namespace" management.
We are trying to map all email addresses (usernames and aliases) to URLs. We do this by converting
http://name.fastmail.com. In general, that's simple and works well, but there are slightly different implications with URLs to email addresses.
If you own or control the url
http://name.fastmail.com, then people generally expect that you also own/control any subdomain of that url, such as
http://sub.name.fastmail.com. The page that lets you create websites also assumes this, allowing you to create any subdomain of any URL you control.
To avoid potential problems or complications, we don't allow you to create webpages using aliases with a period.
A redirected website allows you to set up a URL within your domain, but sending your users elsewhere when they visit it.
There are three different redirect options when creating a website, controlled by the Publish As field:
For best practice website management and SEO purposes, if you'd like to notify your users that a redirect is permanent, then insert "301" at the start of the redirect URL. (For example:
301 https://www.fastmail.com) By default, FastMail will use a "302" redirect, which indicates that the redirect is only temporary.