How To Have Your Own Custom Email Address For Just The Price Of A Domain
Back in December 2012 I wrote an article that explained how to use your own domain name with Gmail. Let’s be honest, it’s much better to have a custom email address like email@example.com than firstname.lastname@example.org, don’t you think?
The problem with the article I wrote back in December is that there is a limitation with the system that only allows you to really receive email from your custom email address. If you try to send from it the recipient will usually get an email from “John Smith on behalf of John Smith” which does look a bit rubbish.
So in this article I’m going to show you a way you can still use your own domain with Gmail, but also allow you to actually send from the custom email address as well. This will cost you nothing extra on top of the price you pay for your domain name.
Get A Domain Name
If you don’t already have a domain name then you’re going to want to go out and buy one. They’re very cheap, usually less than $15 a year for a .com or .net and less than $10 for something like a .co.uk. If you’re not sure how it all works then take a look at our domains and hosting quick guide.
Get Some Free Web Hosting
Now that you have your domain name, you need to setup a free web hosting account. For this you’re going to be using 5quid Host,Â they’re a UK based web hosting provider that I have used myself for quite some time. They offer a free account that only has 100MB of monthly bandwidth and 50MB storage. Whilst this isn’t enough for a large website, it’s more than enough for our email needs and even a very small website!
On a side note, if you’re wondering if the 5quid Host free account will expire or if there will be any hidden charges, then I can assure you that there won’t be. They don’t even take payment details from you. For more information take a look here. 5quid Host are very transparent with their terms, and like I said, I have a paid plan and can highly recommend them.
Ok, let’s carry on. You can sign up for a free hosting plan here. Simply fill in all of your details including your domain name. They will then email you your details to login to your control panel. Please ensure that you use your current email and not your new custom email address at this point. Otherwise you won’t receive your login details.
Setting up your free 5quid Host account can take up to 24 hours so please be patient. Although it is usually only an hour or two, once it’s ready they will email you with your details on how to log on. Once you have your account details it’s time to move on to the next part which is actually setting up your new custom email address…
Get a Gmail account
If you haven’t got one already then sign up for a free Gmail account. To be honest, you can use any free email service for this – Outlook.com, Yahoo!, AOL, any of them. I just personally think that Gmail is the best. The email prefix (the bit before the @ symbol) can be anything you like, but you will need to remember your Gmail address as it will be the address you need to use in order to login to your email account. I opted for email@example.com as this is the domain I will be using (easier to remember this way).
Ok, we now have all the pre-requisites needed to setup our custom email address. Within your browser login to both your Gmail account and also your free 5quid Host control panel. From here we can setup both our Gmail account and our hosting.
The only thing left to do now is to set the name servers on your domain to whatever name servers are listed within your welcome email from 5quid Host support. They will be something like ns65.qnop.net and ns66.qnop.co.uk. You can change these name servers from within your domain hosts control panel.
5quid Host Control Panel
Once you have logged into your 5quid Host control panel go to the Mail section and select Email Accounts. You then need to create a new email account with unlimited storage. This email account will be whatever your desired custom emails address is. Here’s mine:
Your new email account will now be listed below where you just set it up. Click on the more button to the right an selectÂ Configure email clientÂ and take a note of theÂ Secure SSL/TLS Settings.Â You will need these later to setup your email address in Gmail.
Now head over to Gmail to configure your new custom email address.
From Within Gmail
Click on the gear icon to the right hand side of the screen and selectÂ Settings.Â Then, from the tabs at the top of the screen selectÂ Accounts.Â From within the accounts screen, click onÂ Add a POP3 mail account you ownÂ and in the popup that appears enter your custom email address followed by the secure POP3 details from 5quid Host, here’s what mine looks like:
ClickÂ Add accountÂ and then check theÂ Yes, I want to be able to send mail…check box and then click next again. Un-check theÂ Treat as an aliasÂ box and click Next Step again. Finally select theÂ Send through your own SMTP serversÂ and enter the secure SMTP details from 5quid Host.
Finally clickÂ Add AccountÂ and Gmail should send you a confirmation email to prove that you own the new custom email address. Move the popup to one side and check your Gmail inbox. There should be an email waiting for you with the confirmation code. If the email doesn’t come straight away then don’t worry, it will come through eventually provided you setup your name servers correctly.
Once you receive the confirmation email, enter it into the popup window and you will now be able to use your custom email address through Gmail. In the future if you decide to host more email accounts, or even a website then you can quickly upgrade your hosting with 5quid Host, their packages start at just Â£1.75 per month and this package is more than enough to host a small website.
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