forwarding emails to gmail

Email addresses are cheap, especially when you own a domain. For example, at Bitiotic, I've got lots of email addresses including public ones like webhead and support, and internal ones for receiving crash dumps, logs, and alerts, and ones for specific sites (like google or stackoverflow). Of course, I don't want to read email from all those addresses in different email clients. I'd like to see all the email in one place.

Its easy to forward emails (so, for example most email to a public bitiotic address is actually forwarded to a single mailbox on bitiotic). But blindly forwarding those emails to my "real" email (in this case gmail), would make replying difficult, and would increase the probability that google will tag those forwarded emails as spam (as the 'To:' address is nothing gmail knows about).

In my case gmail can be configured to use a different reply address depending on what address the email was sent to. And it can be configured to 'spoof' email as "from" various addresses. It can even use a different host to actually send that mail (so mail from will actually be delivered from the host, and not from inside the googleplex).

For a specific example, I've got forwarding to a local account at I've setup my personal GMail account to fetch email from that account (via GMail's Settings -> Accounts -> Check mail using POP3). And I've added as an address GMail is allowed to send mail as (via Settings -> Accounts -> Send Mail as), and additionally GMail will send that mail via, so it will (hopefully?) look more legitimate to a recipient's spam filters.

This is all fine to do once. But doing this for multiple addresses is a bit of a pain. I need to setup the forwarder using the clunky BlueHost CPanel, and I need to add the outgoing email authorization to GMail which requires filling in a number of fiddly items in a form (which port does bluehost use? SSL? TLS?). Note I don't have to do anything to get GMail to see the email, since the emails all got forwarded to a single account at which is already being POP'd into GMail.

While I can automate installing the forwarder via cpanel (TODO: add link to script), I cannot automate the GMail end of things as, as far as I can tell, the APIs for doing so are only provided to Google Apps for Business accounts. Pthththht.

I'm also not clear if GMail's spam classifier cares about all the odd "To:" addresses its seeing in the one bitiotic account I have it POP from. I don't seem to get too many emails dumped in my Spam folder, but I do feel like I need to keep checking there.

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