Want to use Gmail with your own domain name? Gmail is super convenient in so many ways, but it doesn’t look very professional to use an
@gmail.com address for serious applications.
So – can you use Gmail with your own domain name? And if so, can you do it for free? The answers to those questions are “yes” and “yes”. And in this post, you’ll learn how to do it.
Specifically, I’m going to show you two ways to use Gmail with your own domain name:
- Free method – as long as you already have email hosting (e.g. from your web host), you can connect Gmail to your own domain name for free using SMTP/POP3 credentials (don’t worry if you have no idea what those terms mean yet). ? Jump to the tutorial for this method.
- G Suite method – if you’re willing to pay, you can use G Suite to have a dedicated Gmail account for your own custom domain name (including other goodies like dedicated Drive storage, separate Docs/Sheets, and more). ? Jump to the tutorial for this method.
How to use Gmail with your own domain name for free
In this first method, I’ll show you how to set up Gmail with your custom email for free.
With this method, you’ll be able to link your custom domain name to a regular free Gmail account (e.g.
[email protected]). Then, you’ll be able to send/receive emails using your custom domain from your regular Gmail account.
When you compose a new message, you can choose between your free
@gmail.com address and your custom domain name. If you receive an email at your custom domain, Gmail will automatically respond using that email:
Some important notes about this method
While the Gmail part of this method is 100% free, there are some caveats to this method in that you’ll need to already have email hosting to make it work. Typically, you would get this through your web host if you have a website.
For example, if you host your website with Bluehost, Bluehost also helps you create your own custom email address as part of its service (this is the email hosting part).
Once you set up your email address with Bluehost, the method in this tutorial would let you use Gmail to send/receive those emails at no extra cost. Unfortunately, already having this email hosting is a basic requirement for the free method.
For both creating your website and setting up the custom email account to use with Gmail, we recommend Bluehost. Plans start at just $2.95 per month and that includes hosting your website, hosting your email account, plus a free domain name.
If you don’t need a website, another option would be to purchase email hosting through your domain registrar. For example, if you registered your domain through Namecheap, Namecheap sells a cheap email hosting service starting at just $0.79 per month.
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This article was written by Colin and originally published on ThemeIsle Blog.