A lot of people pay developers to set up an email on their domain- I’ve seen them charge from $5-$25 per email account setup. What most bloggers don’t know is that with certain web hosts (like Bluehost), it takes only a few moments to figure out how to setup an email on your domain.
Setting up your own email on your domain can look like anything! For example, I use firstname.lastname@example.org – but I could use anything @sweetcsdesigns.com. You can easily create email accounts in just minutes.
There are a few different methods- today we’re going to go through the easiest way via a hosted blog on a service like Bluehost, GoDaddy, HostGator. We will cover what to do if your host doesn’t offer this or if you are on blogger in the next post!
First, login to your Bluehost cPanel. Don’t have Bluehost? Most large web hosts like godaddy, host gator, media temple, etc will have a very similar process. Since I use bluehost, I am going to show how to do it with their service. If you have questions about your specific service, please comment with them below and I will work to get you answers!
Once in your cPanel, click on “Email” on the top menu bar, or “Email Accounts”.
Next, add your username and password in the email. You can limit the size of the inbox (if you get a ton of spam or unwanted mail, it could clog up your server and slow your site. Limiting usage can prevent problems like this- but if you are good at clearing out your inbox you don’t need to worry about it too much.)
That’s it! You’ll now see your new email account in the screen down below. Now anytime you login to this screen you can change the password, storage limits, or even delete these accounts.
Next, we’ll head in to the email management area to set up a forwarder or auto responder.
To access your webmail, you can either go through your cPanel (click “access webmail), or go to www.yoururl.com/webmail like below:
Once you are in, you will see a webmail control panel. Again, because I use Bluehost, mine may look different than another hosting service- but it will be very similar.
On this screen, you’ll see a few different options. The ones up top allow you to choose which service to use to read/retrieve your emails.
Down below, you will see smaller options for a few very useful functions.
First off, let’s set up a forwarder. Since I don’t like to have a zillion different emails to check constantly, I have my courtney(at)sweetcsdesigns(dot)com email forward to my sweetcsdesigns(at)gmail(dot)com email address.
Click “forwarding options”
Next, add the email address you’d like your emails forwarded to.
That’s it! You can send yourself an email to see if it worked. This will send a copy, so be sure to login to your email once a week (if not more) to go through and clear it out so you don’t slow down your server.
You can also set up an auto-responder, filter out certain emails you know are spam, and change your password from that first screen.
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