Are webmaster accounts required for non-email domains?

by Mike Wills   Last Updated May 14, 2015 00:01 AM

I see that best-practice for domains using email should have a webmaster account (and the other normal accounts), but what if you don't have any email addresses for that domain? We have our primary business domain, but then we have subsites for other venues that are under our our control as well.

For instance the primary business is We also have,, and (run every few years). Do I need a webmaster email setup for each of these domains? Also what if we have a domain that just redirects to our main website (e.g. points to In all cases the contact email for employees are [email protected]

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Answers 2

The [email protected] convention is simply a device where people might be contactable through a generic email address. It has nothing to do with using or not using email on a domain. My experience is that it was more widely used a few years ago than these days because it was thought to be a method to contact domain owners.

I the past I would set up [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] for every domain, even if I didn't use the address. Over time I realised that in fact they never receive email and if they do it is spam, so I have stopped doing it.

May 13, 2015 22:29 PM

No. You do not need at [email protected] e-mail account. The ONLY e-mail address you need to have related to any domain is a contact e-mail address, and it can be completely different than the domain that is registered.

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], etc... ... these are all legacy standards that were there as a uniform, convenient method to reach out to a server administrator when you had no idea of how to reach them pre-web and generally do nothing these days but collect spam.

Bryan C.
Bryan C.
May 14, 2015 03:13 AM

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