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I want to use Cloudflare, and it requires that I use their nameservers.

The problem is that I'm using some features from Namecheap like email forwarding, which will be disabled (if I didn't get it wrong) if I don't use Namecheap's nameservers.

Any ideas?

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In the same boat here. What I ended up doing is using hostgator email forwarding on their shard hosting packages with this setup. Costs me around $7/month but saves a ton of headache –  Ghostrider Aug 14 '13 at 5:19

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I feel you... I have exactly the same problem, neither talking to namecheap nor cloudflare provided me with a decent alternative...

I had asked the same question here:

I have 100+ domains and for many of them I just need a forwarding to a central email address (which is hosted on google apps) however google apps also has a limit on the number of aliases you can have (around 20-50 if i'm not wrong) so can't go that way really...

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I've been talking to namecheap recently. Subscribe to our free trial of Open Exchange they said. You will have email forwarding they said... xD. I subscribed but I couldn't find it, so now I'm waiting for a response on whether I can have a catch-all email at least, someone from support thought it was possible. I hope they add that (or email forwarding) to the interface, or it will be a pain. –  ChocoDeveloper Nov 18 '12 at 17:32
That is exactly what they said, but i have 100+ domains so that's not an option for me...What you could also do if you have a small number of domains is use google apps for business but bear in mind they have a 50 domain limit (or similar) on aliases –  Onitlikesonic Nov 19 '12 at 8:40
As Kim Stacks mentioned, here's a solution that works:… –  Asaf Dec 4 '14 at 18:02

I have tried this solution

So far, it seems to work for me even though my domain is still not yet verified. (Still in the early 24-48 hours to verify the MX records etc)

Basically the solution is to use mailgun and setup the email forwarding using their Routes services.

So far, I can receive and send. Will update in another 24 hours time once my domain is verified in mailgun.

UPDATE after 48 hours it works

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  1. Register a free account at
  2. add a mailgun MX record to your Cloudflare DNS
  3. set up a forwarding rule at mailgun
  4. Enjoy.
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Yup. This is exactly what I did. –  William Hilton Jun 2 at 22:10

You can also sign up with Zoho Mail, which is free. It's a full mail service provider like Google Apps and includes a mail forwarding service as well.

However, if all you need is forwarding, I find its a bit delayed. You'll also want to disable their aggressive spam filter, which prevents some mail from being forwarded. Mailgun is a better option for just forwarding.

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