How do I set up an email address with my domain name?You have your domain with hosting and now you would like to create an email address with your own domain. Having a generic Gmail or Yahoo email address is great for friends but for business, you need something a bit more unique. I show you how to set up a domain email address in both Bluehost and Hostgator hosting Cpanels. Other hosting company Cpanels will be very similar. I set up redirects on my domain email addresses to a Gmail account so that I get notified immediately in my browser when I receive an email from all my email accounts. I will show you how to do this too.
Let’s start setting up those email addresses.
- Bluehost hosting Cpanel login.
- Email set up in Bluehost.
- Create an email address with your own domain in Bluehost.
- How to check your email account in Bluehost.
- How to set up an email redirect in Bluehost.
- Get email notifications in your Firefox browser.
- Hostgator Cpanel login.
- Email set up in Hostgator.
- Create a new email address with your own domain in Hostgator.
- How to access your new email address in Hostgator.
- How to set up an email redirect in Hostgator.
Bluehost hosting Cpanel login
Let’s start with Bluehost. First thing you need to do is login to your Cpanel.
Your login page for Bluehost will look like this.
Your login details were emailed to you after you purchased your hosting package.
Once you login, you will come to this page.
To get to our Cpanel, we need to select ‘Advanced’ in the menu on the left.
Once you click on advanced you will have access to your website control panel, your Cpanel.
Your Cpanel looks like this.
In our Cpanel we are looking for the ‘Email’ section. You can type ’email’ in the search box at the top or you can scroll down the page until you find it.
Email set up in Bluehost
In Bluehost, the ’email’ section is the third section down. There are quite a few options to choose from in this section.
The one we want is ‘Email Accounts’
Once you click on ‘Email accounts’ you come to this page.
This is where we can create an email address with your own domain name.
To start, click on the blue ‘Create’ link situated on the right.
Create an email address with your own domain
Depending on your hosting package, you may have a limit on how many email address you can have.
You can see from this page that with the hosting package I have, my limit is only five email addresses.
If you need to set up many email addresses, be sure to check how many email addresses you can have before you purchase your hosting package.
To create your email address, type your username in the first box.
You could use your name, or if you plan to set up different departments, you could have a department username.
For example, If you have an eCommerce site you could have a ‘sales’ and ‘information’ email address.
I will create a username with ‘information’. I put ‘information’ in the username box at the top and the choose a password for that account.
Then I click on the blue ‘Create’ link at the bottom. After you click on ‘create’ you will receive confirmation that your new email address has been created. Your new email will appear in your list.
How to check your email account in Bluehost
Once you start using your email address you will want to check for any new messages. To check your email, there is a link to the right of the address. Click on ‘Check Email’.
When you click on this link for the first time, you will be asked to select a default webmail application.
You have three options. They all have different layouts. It is just about picking the layout you like the most.
I am going to select ‘Horde’.
Here is my new email address inbox. I can send and receive emails now.
Every time you want to check this email address inbox you need to login to your Bluehost Cpanel account and find the email section.
I find this a bit time consuming so I always set up a redirect to a generic Gmail email account I have. This Gmail email address has an alert in my Firefox browser.
Each time I receive an email to any of my domain email accounts. I get an alert in my browser.
Let’s set up a redirect.
How to set up an email redirect in Bluehost
To set up a redirect, we need to go back to our main Cpanel dashboard and find the email section again.
We are looking for ‘Forwarders’.
After we click on ‘Forwarders’, we get this page.
From the drop down box at the top, select your domain and then click on the blue ‘Add Forwarder’ link.
In the ‘address to forward’ box you type the address of the email you have already set up that you want to be forwarded.
For example, before I set up the email address ‘[email protected]’. I will select that address. I only need to type ‘information’.
The next bit of important information is the email address you would like to forward to.
You fill in both boxes and then click on the blue ‘Add Forwarder’ link.
After you click ‘Add Forwarder’ you will get a confirmation popup.
Now, any emails that are sent to ‘[email protected]’ will be copied to my Gmail email account.
Get email notifications in your Firefox browser
I use Firefox as my browser. In Firefox I have a plugin called ‘X-notifier’. This plugin will alert me when I have Firefox open, every time I receive an email.
To add a new plugin to Firefox, you click on the ‘tools’ in the menu bar and select ‘Add-ons’.
Search for new add-ons and type ‘X-notifier’ in the search box.
Install, and then you can add an set up an email alert.
The X-notifier icon sits in your browser. If you receive an email, a number will appear to show you how many unread emails you have.
To set up X-notifier to monitor your emails, you need to go into ‘options’.
On the left, you choose your email account server and then enter your username and password for that account. You then click on ‘Add’ to send those details to the window on the right.
You can also set the frequency of how often you want X-notifier to check for unread emails. In the bottom window. I have set mine to check every 10 minutes.
Once you have finished, you click ‘Save’. Now your email accounts are being monitored.
Hostgator Cpanel login
Now, let’s look at how you create an email address with your own domain in Hostgator.
First, we need to login to our Hostgator Cpanel.
Enter your username and password, then login.
The Hostgator Cpanel is very similar to Bluehost.
Email set up in Hostgator
As before, we are looking for the email section. We can type ’email’ in the search box at the top, or we can scroll down the page.
I will type ’email’ into the search box.
Now we have found our email section. To start, click on ‘Email Accounts’.
Create a new email address in Hostgator
As you can see it is very similar to Bluehost. You choose your username and then decide on a password.
Once you have finished entering your details, click on the orange ‘Create account’ link.
Once you have created your new email address, it will appear in the list at the bottom of this page.
How to access your new email address
To check for new emails. You need to go back to the main Cpanel dashboard and find the email section again.
This time we need ‘Webmail’.
Once you click on ‘Webmail’, you come to this page.
To check for new messages you click on ‘Access Webmail’ next to the address you want to check.
I have the same layout in Hostgator as I do in Bluehost.
I can start sending and receiving emails now.
How to set up an email redirect in Hostgator
Click on the quick ‘Email’ link on the left of your screen and you go back to the main Cpanel email section.
You need to click on ‘Email forwarders’.
From here click on the orange ‘Add Forwarder’ link.
It is exactly like we saw with Bluehost. You put the username of the email you wish to forward in the top box and then the email address you want any new emails to be forwarded to.
Once completed. Click on the orange ‘Add Forwarder’ link. And you are finished.
If you use Firefox as your browser, I highly recommend installing the X-notifier plugin. You will only have one email address to check and will be notified straight away when you receive new emails.
To find out how to install X-notifier, read my walkthrough.
Having an email address with your domain name looks very professional.
Every hosting company will have this feature. You just have to check to see how many email addresses you will get with each hosting package. This is important if you have staff and want them to have their own email addresses.
Set up is straight forward. I would always recommend setting up redirects so that you only ever have one email address to check.
If you use Firefox, I would also suggest you check out X-notifier. It is a plugin that alerts you to any unread email messages.
I use both Bluehost and Hostgator hosting for my websites. I have excellent uptime and also find their support excellent.
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You can use your professional email address to contact your email subscribers. I would also recommend setting up a push notification service for your website.
To find out how to do this, check out my ‘How do I add push notifications to my WordPress site?‘ post.
What email address do you use? A generic email address or a domain address?
Did you know you could have an email address with your own domain?
How many domain emails do you have?
I look forward to reading your comments.