Mac Mail Account Setup

I am moving from a Macbook - Tiger to a Macbook Pro-El Capitan. Earthlink is my ISP and I've used it's Webmail for years and want to continue t do so. When I got my Tiger Macbook, I set up Mail to "work with" Earthlink Webmail via Earthlink's instructions. Only very occasionally do I use MacMail to send an email or transfer my Webmail inbox via "Get Mail." I'd like to keep things this way. Earthlink has provided me a set of instructions for set up in Mail for my new Macbook but the instructions refer to "if this is a first time setup (click this ...." and "if not (click that)...." Question is: what am I? I'm certainly not a first-timer with Earthlink/Webmail; my Tiger-Macbook will still be in use for some time; but it is the first time I'll be setting up Mail with my new computer under El Capitan. Does that make me a first-timer for setup purposes?
Sorry to be so long-winded about this - I'm not secure with EL's responses - can the experts clarify?

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That's impossible to say without seeing the instructions, and the difference between "first time" and "not first time". So please tell more.


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From Earthlink
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This will be a First Time setup, as long as you have not,

configured any other mail account on your new machine. It has nothing to do with whether you are an existing EL account user or not.

The instructions they sent you, albeit that they refer to some really old versions of OS X , "should" work and are designed to create an EL account within the Mail app.

Notwithstanding their instructions, when you first open Mail it will prompt you with a Wizard to create an account.
Usually all it needs is your email address, username and password. The rest is automagic as it goes out to EL and attempts to configure the mail account using info generated by EL.

In the event that is unsuccessful, it will prompt you for what is missing.

Hope that helps

BTW: May I suggest that you get yourself a 1 or 2TB external HD to backup your new Macbook using Time Machine. You will not be sorry


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1st-time Mail Setup

Thanks - this gives me all I should need.

About the external hard drive suggestion: even though I'm not a big storage user, I am up the 500gb storage to 1TB of storage since it was pretty cheap to do so. My plan was to save my critical items (documents and limited music notation) on CD or a flash drive every week or so like I've been doing for years.
Shouldn't the 1TB handle Time Machine for me? (I know nothing about Time Machine since I was backing up a PC before this new Macbook and had no need to backup the old Mac.)

This shouldn't make any difference to my questions, but my local Mac store had some "miscommunications" and my new MacBook Pro without Retina wouldn't be ready until next week - they offered to build it for me here, now with a switch to Yosemite instead of El Cap if I wanted and I took it.)

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