Email forwarding for your own domain. Forward, Receive, Send

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Every time I'm working on a new product, the first thing is buy a domain. The second thing is email. I don't want a full bloated email product like gsuite/zoho. All I need is to receive email send to my own domain.

April 9, 2021 URL redirection for your domain

If you have a domain that just for your email, and don't need a website on anything on that domain, you can use it for URL redirection to your personal site or your linkedin address. Don't just leave the domain sit around for nothing

Hanami is proud to released URL redirection for just that. All you need to do is create 2 DNS records. Check our doc for more detail: https://hanami.run/docs/url-forwarding

April 3, 2021 Rolled out a better spam filtering system

https://hanami.run originally used our own spam filtering system and our growth is fast that we cannot respond to spam anymore. We look outwhere and integrate with rspamd for better spam fighting.

Currently serving 700 domains and process about 10k email per days. Lots of them was spam apparently, many of them are phishing emails which https://hanami.run helps to filter out and protect our users.

March 28, 2021 Improve our favicon finder

Email has a taste of personality, so when viewing your domain, we try to fetch your favicon and show it on our site. We do that by fetching HTML source code of the site and find favicon tag.

But apparently it has so many edge cases. Example, a few domain only server http, not https. or only has a valid site on www. but not on bare domain.

Some sites don't event have any favicon tag, just rely on the default domain.com/favicon.ico.

hanami finall ironed this out and show you a nice favicon. Check it out and let us know how you think

March 19, 2021 Regex support for routing rule

Our power user love to use regex for alias. Why regex? Because the normal way of using + alias by google can get abuse by spammer and essentially send you spam emails to all those random alias. Now with regex, only they know the pattern.

Also, the email looks nice without that ugly + sign. Example you can have [email protected] [email protected] instead of app+1.

Give us a try at https://hanami.run happy regex-ing

March 19, 2021 Hanami is on the air

I talk with Justin about hanami.run infrastructure. I think an email app is very unique because it has many component that end users doesn't see. Email is very challengeing because gmail dominated it, and I constantly have to find better way to filter out spam.

March 18, 2021 Get on frontpage of SaaS sub reddit


I shared my story of how I got the idea, execute this after 10 years of failure building a SaaS. I encourage people to try out, keep pushing.

Offer my email for anyone need advice.

March 15, 2021 Release CloudFlare integration

Check it out here: https://www.cloudflare.com/apps/hanami

Many of our users aren't tech savvy, they are small business owner who have a domain for their shop and forward email to their personal emails.

Asking those users to configure MX/SPF/DKIM doesn't make it easier for them at all, which is what we aim at https://hanami.run to make email forwarding easier for everyone.

So we build a CloudFlare app which upon installing will automatically set MX/SPF/DKIM records for hanami.run to remove one less step for our users.

March 3, 2021 Revenue over $60

Finally this becomes true. We offered a premium service without any freemium model. We offer generous free-trail time though - if user asked we essentially let them user free-trial as much as they want until they're happy to pay us). We have been growing slowly and this month first time our revenue pass $60. I feel so awesome when customers migrate from other platforms to it. Everytime you move, you got a better place.

March 2, 2021 Explain why we don't offer a free plan

One of the challenge with SaaS is free vs paid. Many SaaS offer free plans but they have dark patterns or very limited. And by the time you upgrade to next tier, their plan jump quite hard or they have some weird limitation that exposing your information. Kind of like saying if you use free plan then no encryption.

So I write a medium post to explain why we don't have a free plan and why you should use us


Every time I'm working on a new product, the first thing is buy a domain. The second thing is email. I don't want a full bloated email product like gsuite/zoho. All I need is to receive email send to my own domain.