When I started my blog some time back, knowing that I wasn’t really doing much with it at the time, I didn’t invest in hosting or an @mydomainname email address.
I created a gmail account for my business – firstname.lastname@example.org and used that for the few clients I had, mostly people I knew already. Well, once I began really building my blog and business, it was time to upgrade my web hosting and email. Plus, if I wanted to use Mailchimp or another email service, I had to have a legit email address – no @gmail.
But the interface for the webmail applications through SiteGround, my web hosting provider, are not the my favorite. I like Gmail. I’m comfortable using Gmail. I have an existing gmail account with stored emails related to my blog and business. But I also have an @mydomainname email through SiteGround. So can I still use Gmail with my own domain? And without having to upgrade to a business account?
The answer is yes.
I’ve set up my email using the method below, and I’m gonna walk you through how you can do it too.
In order to use your existing Gmail account to send and receive emails using your own domain email address, there are a couple of things you’ll need to do. It’s not super complicated, but by this point in the post you should probably know what hosting is, and have an account where you have registered your domain name and have access to email. Again, I use SiteGround. I’ve found their loading times to be great, they work well with WordPress, and they have very responsive customer service.
If you aren’t familiar with hosting, that is the first step. Essentially your hosting is where your website and it’s contents are stored. When you purchase hosting (typically a year at a time) you get a domain name as well.
So, now you’ve paid for your hosting and you’ve got your account set up. There are a few steps to setting up your domain email to use with Google. I’ll walk you through it and I promise it really isn’t that complicated.
First, you’ll need to set up your @domainname email address.
Do this by logging into your hosting provider. I’m going to provide you with the instructions for SiteGround but it’s similar for other services.
When you log into your domain (hosting provider) under the Accounts Tab, you should see a button to access your cpanel. The cpanel is where you control the back end of your website, including your email.
Find the Email Accounts Icon and double click. You should be directed to a page where you can enter your desired email address along with your password, etc. Once you’ve created your email address…
In a new tab: (stay logged into your cpanel)
-Log into your Gmail account. In the upper right, below your image, there is a gear menu. Click on it, and it will give you a drop down.
-Click on settings – you’ll be directed to the general settings tab. Click on the Accounts & Imports Tab
-Scroll down to the section – Send Mail As
-Click Add Email Address
-You’ll get a pop-up – Add email and un-check treat as an alias
-Click Next Step – Send Verification
Now go back to your domain’s cpanel and find the Webmail icon. It should be right next to the icon for Email Accounts. Double click. You’ll be asked to choose a webmail service (it doesn’t matter which one since you’ll be using gmail). Pick one and you should be directed to your inbox. There you’ll find the email from Gmail containing the verification code you need. Copy and paste the verification code into the Gmail pop up box and click finish.
Alright! Now you can send emails through gmail with your @domainname email address. In the same section of your settings you can also choose which email to use as your default. If you keep your @gmail address as the default you can chose your @domainname email from a drop-down with each outgoing message.
OK. Next Step.
In the same settings tab in Gmail, scroll down to the Check Mail From Another Account section.
-Click Add Email. Enter your desired email address.
-Click Import Emails from Other Account (POP3)
Here you’ll need some information from your @domain email:
-Go back to your cpanel and double click on the Email Accounts icon.
-Scroll down and find your desired email address.
-Click More on the right side of the email and a drop down menu will appear.
-Click configure email client. This will take you to a page that has the info you need to enter into Gmail.
-Scroll down to the Manual Settings – Secure SSL/TLS Settings (recommended).
In this box you will find the username, you’ll need your email password for your @domainname account, the incoming server, the POP3 Port (you can choose from the dropdown on the google pop-up), and the outgoing server.
-Copy and paste this information into the google pop up and Add Account.
Google with authenticate (i.e. “do it’s thing) and you should now be able to receive your @domainname emails in your Gmail inbox.
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