Setting Up Your Domain Email Address
Setting Up Your Domain Email Address
One of the benefits of having your own self-hosted website is you get your own custom domain email address.
For example, if your domain name is ‘myawesomedomain.com,’ you can create email addresses like ‘email@example.com’ or ‘firstname.lastname@example.org.’ Because it’s your custom domain, you can choose any name you want!
If you’re trying to build a brand for yourself or your business, then having a custom email address is very important. Not only does it help with your branding, but it also makes your brand more credible.
For example, if people email you on your site and you respond to them using a @yahoo.com or @gmail.com, people may not immediately recognize you. In fact, people may outright ignore your email.
But if you use a custom domain email address, chances are they’d recognize your domain name, and they’d go check out your email.
To set up your custom email address, you’d need to login into your web host’s cPanel.
Each web host’s cPanel may look different from each other. If you choose to sign up with Bluehost as your web host, then this is what your cPanel is going to look like:
Scroll down to the Email section and click on the first icon Email Manager (see red box in the screenshot):
Creating an email account is simple. Click on the button that says ‘create an email account.’
In the next page, the instructions are quite straightforward as you can see in the screenshot:
To properly set up your new custom domain email account, you would need to enter the following details:
- Name – it can be anything you want. For example, it can be support, sales, help, contact, or even your first name.
- Domain name – if you have more than one domain in your account, you’d have to select the correct domain from the drop-down. Otherwise, if you just have one domain, then that will be the default option.
- Password – you can choose your own password, or you can have Bluehost generate it for you. Make sure you keep your password in a secure location.
- Default webmail client – Bluehost offers 3 webmail clients: Horde, SquirrelMail, and Roundcube. You’re free to use any of them, or you can use another email client like Outlook or Gmail.
- Mailbox storage – you can specify how many MBs or megabytes you want for your mailbox or you can go for ‘unlimited’ storage.
Once you’ve filled out all fields, hit the Create button.
Congratulations! You’ve just created your first custom domain email account!
Forwarding Your Custom Domain Email Address Emails
If you find it cumbersome checking on your custom email address, and you want to check all your emails in one place, then you need to set up email forwarding.
To do this, look for the Email Forwarding option in your cPanel. This is what it looks like on Bluehost:
Clicking on the green ‘add email forwarder’ button will lead you to the next step:
In the first field ‘address to forward,’ enter the custom domain email address you want to forward. If you want to forward all emails from ‘email@example.com’ then type in this email address.
In Destination Options, enter the address you want to forward your custom domain emails to. If you want to forward it to your Gmail account, then type in your Gmail email address on the form.
Hit the green ‘submit’ button to finalize your email forwarding settings.
To make sure your email forwarding works, send a test email to your custom domain email address and then check your Gmail account (if you chose to forward it to Gmail).
If you receive your test email in Gmail, then it means you’ve successfully set up your email forwarding.