Your site isn’t a hobby. You’ve taken the plunge and purchased a domain. Yet you’re still using a Gmail/Yahoo/iCloud/AOL email address. Why?
Maybe you’ve just never gotten around to it.
Maybe you just don’t see the point.
Or maybe you have no idea how to create one.
Whatever the case may be, using a branded email address looks more legit. Instead of a hobby blogger, you now you look like someone who’s blog is a business. And that’s only going to help you.
If you’ve never created a branded email address because you have no clue how to go about doing so, you’re in luck. Today I’m going to walk you through the steps of creating a branded email address on your domain. And I promise it’s not difficult at all.
Let’s get started!
How to Create a Branded Email Address
Log into your site’s control panel. This can usually be done by going to your host’s site and logging in. You may also be able to sign in by going to yourdomain.com/cpanel.
Once you’re logged in to your site’s control panel, you’ll want to look for an email section. When you find it, there should be a link for email accounts. Click it.
Now it’s time to create the email address. Give it a name (such as your name, support, hello, etc), enter a password, and select the quota amount. You can customize the amount of space your email account can hold or you can go with unlimited. Keep in mind, if you’ve reached your quota, you will no longer be able to receive emails. For this reason, I usually choose unlimited.
When you’ve filled out the form, click create account. Your email address has now been created and people can now send you emails!
But how do you access your emails?
How to Access Your Branded Email Address’ Inbox
Remember where you just created that email address at? If you scroll down on that page, you’ll see a list of all the email addresses you’ve created. Next to each address, there should be a button labeled more, which opens a drop down menu. You’ll see a link labeled access webmail. Click on that and you’ll be directed to your email account’s inbox.
Now what about accessing your email on a daily basis. You don’t want to have to log in to your control panel, click on email accounts, click more, and select access webmail each and every time you want to check your mail, right?
Instead, you can quickly access your email by going to yourdomain.com/webmail. Then just login with the credentials you’ve created.
Note: When you login to access your email, you’ll be prompted to choose a default webmail application. You can choose any of these to access your mail (by clicking the logo), it ultimately just depends on your preferences. If there’s one in particular you like, click set as default. Now the next time you login it’ll automatically load your email in that application.
How to Access Your Branded Email Address in Gmail
Perhaps one of the reasons why you never switched over to a branded email was your affinity for Gmail. I totally understand.
But guess what? You can access and send email from your branded account directly in Gmail! I’ve written up a whole post outlining that process, which you can find here.
And there’s always Google Apps, which is my go to method. Learn why I use Google Apps (and you should too) and how to set it up.