How To Create a Domain Email Account

One of the most common mistakes I see new bloggers make is not creating an email address with their blog domain name. They would have a nice dot com address for their blog but their email address would still be at Gmail, hotmail or yahoo.

There are many reasons why you should go through the extra time and effort to set up a domain email. The most important is branding – it’s far just better to have [email protected] on your business card than [email protected] Another reason for having a domain email is when you want to apply for an ad network.

The number one reason networks reject an application is not because the site is bad or has no traffic. It’s because they can’t confirm the ownership. You will not believe how many people apply to a network claiming to own sites that doesn’t belong to them. I’ve received applications from people claiming that their site is Google (and they applied with a Yahoo! email address)! If a network can’t confirm site ownership, they instantly reject the site. The easiest way to establish site ownership is with a domain email since only the domain name owner can use it.

How To Create A Domain Email Account

The following demo shows you how to create a domain email account using the HostGator (or cPanel) control panel. While my free WordPress installation service can set up your blog for you, setting up the email is something you’ll have to complete yourself. Fortunately, the procedure is not that hard.

Log into your HostGator control panel (you’ll find the login information in your HostGator welcome email) and follow the directions in this video.

After creating the domain email address, you can access it by using a variety of email clients. I prefer to check my domain email using Google Gmail. Your HostGator web hosting account includes three web based email clients. Here’s a video tutorial on how to use them.

You are now ready to send and receive email using your own [email protected] email address.

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43 thoughts on “How To Create a Domain Email Account”

  1. PPC Ian says:

    It’s critical to have a domain email address. This adds a huge level of professionalism to your web business.

    1. Right on Ian, huge level of professionalism.

    2. Definitely agree with Ian. Not only does it lend a level of professionalism, it also continues your branding. It also shows potential customers that you mean business.

    3. Now a days, every hosting sites are providing this feature to create an email for your website. I think, we all should use it. As you said, It shows a professional level. πŸ™‚

    4. It’s a pretty simple task to do these days.

    5. d3so says:

      I see many people with high traffic blogs not have an email for their domain πŸ˜›

  2. David says:

    Google Apps *cough* *cough*

    1. John Chow says:

      Google Apps is what I use but that’s for another post. πŸ™‚

      1. d3so says:

        Yup, I don’t like the cpanel clients they aren’t that good.
        I use google apps also and plus it’s free!

  3. John, Thanks for the video tutorial. I currently am not using a domain e-mail account.

  4. This couldn’t come at a better time as I still have gmail…. for my site’s email.

  5. Anthony M. says:

    At first, I was a little wary of having my name at my domain, since my name IS my domain. I was concerned that people would find it redundant. Since I’ve done it though, not one person has said anything about it, and I’ve handed out a lot of business cards. Good tuts as well.

  6. Lakhyajyoti says:

    Great tip for a newbie.Video tutorial is awesome.

    1. Completely agree with that one.

  7. Indeed, a personal email is such a simple but useful thing. I too use google apps, a point to mention for the cpanel based email though – will only work like that if the domain name servers are set to the hosting account. I point my domains with the ip address and keep the name servers with the domain registrar as I don’t really like cpanel’s dns features. A change in the MX records will then be required.

  8. George Tee says:

    Hi john, you are totally correct that having a domain email creates branding. In using [email protected], you are using the address but you don’t own the domain name. It’s like not even yours.Great tutorials on setting up domain email account.

    1. It’s a big plus for your business.

  9. Thanks for the help John I have always made this mistake.

  10. Mathew Day says:

    Nice! HostGator really does make everything so very simple. πŸ˜€

  11. DNN says:

    I’ve been quite wondering for a while now how to do this on the server, because I have to send out a few hundred account activation e-mails to new users who signed up manually for DrewryNewsNetwork community forum. And, I’m going to glance at this blog post of yours real quick John, and hope I am able to resolve the challenge I face now on my dedicated server soon! =)

  12. Thanks a lot John for giving Video Tutorial on this.Also,Hostgator is best and they also provide step by step tutorial on everythimg.

  13. jayrweblog says:

    You can either have an email powered by Gmail, but of course it is in the format of [email protected].. That’s what I’m doing,

    1. Mathew Day says:

      Thanks a lot buddy, I’m going to give this a shot right away. πŸ˜‰

  14. Work online says:

    I accept that after creating the domain email address, i can access it by using a variety of email clients.Thanks.

  15. Work online says:

    I would like to say thanks for the video tutorial.keep sharing dude.

  16. Paul Danson says:

    Great advice, I also notice a lot of affiliate programs pay particular attention to the domain name, using Gmail or Yahoo used to work but not anymore, it would be good if people paid particular attention to their branding

  17. Since I am not using Host Gator, I use Google Apps instead. It works just the same way and I got my own personalized domain. πŸ™‚

  18. It’s not just internet marketers that make this mistake – it AMAZES me the amount of small businesses driving around in signwritten vehicles with their website info and then an awful throwaway gmail address. Are people mad!?
    (the exception maybe being for blog commenting ha ha – just realized that as I filled in a dot usa address. Oh the irony!)

  19. guru says:

    Just like most people looking for an easy solution, google apps it is for me.

  20. John, i think domain e-mail account will be enabled in every cpanel. In my cpanel, i have e-mail address creation, where i can register unlimited e-mail through webmail creation.

    Anyway, i will share this to my friend, because i can’t explain him each and every step. Your video is looking cool john.

  21. Sahil says:

    Useful post for newbie, with great video tutorial.
    I prefer Google apps to have my email domain. Easy to setup and perfectly reliable!!!!

    1. Absolutely.Google Apps are also good and also Free

  22. Julio says:

    I’m one of those that when I apply for something I use my personal gmail address. I only use admin @ my domain name to receive emails from contacts to the site. I don’t like to use @ my domain name email for personal stuff like ad networks. I’ll think about it now after reading this blog post now.

    1. Giving Personal e-mail address is much better than giving @ my domain e-mail, because just to avoid lot of spam, it will be better idea. Just use @ business domain e-mail for business purposes.

  23. driverfor says:

    Hi, it is very important for me to create my own email address! I need to learn how very soon! Please someone help!

  24. fas says:

    The Hostgator email accounts are not that user friendly. Best to use Gmail.

  25. Jose Gonzalez says:

    I have a concern, I wanted to know how is it you find out some much information to blog about? is it given or do you search around for it?

  26. ParabΓ©ns pelo tutorial

  27. After long time we can see hostgator related posts …

    John how’s your hostgator campaign is going on ?

  28. It’s amazing how many businesses don’t have a domain email account. I’ve seen so many use Gmail & the likes & I’m thinking to myself Do they really think that looks professional? To me, a company having a domain email account shows that they really care about their brand. Having a throwaway email address is like saying your company doesn’t mean much to you.

  29. Kavya Hari says:

    Those video tutorial would be more helpful for newbie blogger to create domain email account. Thank you so much for sharing great tutorial on here πŸ™‚

  30. got more information from that video tutorial, now i am going to create new domain email account for my website.

  31. Thanks for the tips to create domain email account

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