How to create Email Account on my own Domain Name?
The question: I have purchased a domain name. How do I set up new email account on my own domain name?
There are a few conditions that have to be met before you can make an email account on your own domain name.
Firstly, you need to make sure that your domain name is working and pointing to your web hosting server. To do so, type your domain name in any web browser. If you see a placeholder homepage(your webpage) or directory listing but not “Website Not Found”, your domain name is working fine.
Secondly, you have to make sure that you are allowed by your hosting company to create email account based on your own domain name. Usually they will allow you to set up new email account if you pay for the hosting plan, but there is a limit to the number of email accounts you can create. (Free hosting plans usually don’t offer email services.)
Lastly, you have to make sure you can access your hosting control panel provided by your web hosting company. If you are the owner of your domain name, your hosting company should have already gave you the account ID and Password. If the domain name is owned by your company or your team, you should request for authority to access the control panel so that you can set up new email account for yourself.
Please take note that different hosting companies offer different control panels. I will give you only one example. Don’t worry, the steps are usually the same, just the interfaces are different.
Alright, here we go. First of all, you have to login to your hosting control panel. The company would provide you with the direct URL of the control panel like www.yourdomainname.com/cpanel, www.yourdomainname.com/admin, www.yourdomainname.com/vdeck or whatever. As I’ve said before, different hosting companies offer different options. So you should contact your hosting company if you do not know the URL of the control panel.
Next, look for a link or an icon to the email management utility. For example, my hosting control panel(Exabytes) has a Email Accounts icon as shown on the left. With this Utility, you can add, edit or delete email accounts.
Enter a username, a password and the amount of space(mail box quota) you want to allocate to this email account. Note that the space used by the email accounts comes from the total web space allocated to you in your web hosting package. If you still do not know what is this about, just left it as default or put it 250mb if your hosting plan offer web space of more than 1gb. In other words, you cannot set up an email account with 200MB space if you have only 100MB storage with your web hosting plan. Finally, click the “create” or “ok” button.
Congratulation, you are done! But how you going to access your email account?
1. Use the Web Mail services offered by your hosting company. Web Mail or Webmail allows you to check your email from a web browser as opposed to a desktop mail application such as Outlook Express or Thunderbird. This means that you can check your email from any web browser. To do so, click the webmail icon and you will see few webmail services. The most common webmail services are Horde and SquirrelMail. Simply choose one that you like the most. A login form will be displayed on the page after clicking one of those webmail services. Just fill in the form with your username and password that you’ve created and start checking or sending email!
2. Use Outlook Express or Windows Mail to check your email. To learn how to set up the email accounts you created on these email clients, please read this – How to Set Up Outlook Express or Windows Mail.
Please make sure to log out when checking your email on public computers so that other people cannot read your email. To have a better skill in protecting your email accounts or your computer from viruses, please read about How To Avoid Virus Infections.
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