How To Create Your Own Email Domain Address
If you’re looking for the best way to create your own email domain address, then I strongly suggest you keep reading because I am going to share with you my experience and lessons learned from having my own email domain since 2004. In addition to the lessons learned that I share below, I will give you the blue print I used to create my own email domain that works well and consistently at the absolute best possible price.
The system I’m sharing with you here works for personal, professional, business or corporate use and is scalable from one to hundreds of email addresses. Your domain email is accessible from your iPhone or android and, of course, from your, tablet, desktop or laptop.
I have spent hundreds of hours researching how to make online email work and tweaking my email system. Using my system, you can create your own email domain address in less than an hour so you don’t have to spend the time and money I did figuring this out.
You may be wondering why I am sharing this with you. After a lot of struggles figuring out how to get online and how to make my domain email system work, I figured other people would want to know how to do this also, so I partnered with the best company I found to bring you the same service for the same or cheaper prices.
I’ve used dozens of hosting services over the years. However, when I was first getting started I felt I got “taken” by several different hosting companies. I don’t want anyone to have to go through the same frustration I did and I also wanted to provide a value based service to keep the other guys from taking advantage of anyone else. I’ll explain more about what happened to me in my story below.
Until I created this system, I was paying $29.88 a year for the email service used with my domain. This was in addition to the yearly cost of my domain. After researching all the available options, I found a way to configure my email service to just give me the options that I needed. For example, unlike most other domain email services, you don’t need to host your domain on my reseller service for your domain email to work. This can save you three to ten dollars a month in hosting fees compared to other services. Of course if you want a website on your domain you will still need hosting, but if you just want a domain email then hosting is not required. Using just the services I needed has saved me a lot of money over the years.
I encourage you to look around on the internet for a better deal. (If you find one, please let me know.) I don’t think you will. You can read more about my story and lessons learned below or if you are in a hurry to get your own email domain click here now to go to step 1 of my 3 step guide.
When I first started out online, the only option for internet available in my area was dial up service. Over the years I used AOL, EarthLink and Juno for dial up internet service. In 2002 I switched to cable internet when Comcast became available where I lived. After switching internet service providers, or ISPs, so many times I had had enough of changing email addresses every time I changed my ISP so I bought my first personal domain based email address in 2004. In other words I wanted a lifetime email address. I’ve had a personal email address ever since. In 2007 I started learning how to get online and make websites. I have had dozens of small sites like this one to share what I have learned and to help people out and I set up a custom domain based email address for many of them. Also, in 2013 I added a professional email address based on my first and last name.
After I had my first domain email address for six years, I switched to a different custom domain name for my personal email for a number of reasons. In my story here I am going to tell you why I switched the domain name used for my personal email and what lessons I learned over the years that will help you get the most out of your own .com email and hopefully save you the hundreds of dollars and the more than 100 hours in research and “redos” that learning them have cost me.
Why I Switched Domains & Hosting Services
The first custom domain name I purchased was http://ThisIsThePlace.info. This name had a special meaning to my ancestors, so I bought it to remind me of my roots. I kept this domain for about six years before changing hosting services and my custom domain name.
I changed my personal email domain for three reasons:
- I primarily use my personal email for things like signing up for online newsletters, etc., and I wanted to have a shorter email address when signing into my accounts. Over the years I have had 100’s of online accounts from Facebook, Myspace, Amazon, Twitter, and LinkedIn, to hosting accounts, and more. Before I got the RoboForm password program, typing out a long email address all the time got tedious after a while.
- Also, when signing up for newsletters, etc., I learned that a number of online services didn’t recognize an email address with the .info extension as a valid email address.
After thinking about changing for a while, I decided it was worth it and took the plunge. I did run both the old an new custom email addresses for over a year to make sure I got all my online accounts switched over. If you are ready to get your own email domain just Click Here to go to step 1 of my 3-step guide or keep going to read my lessons learned over the years of having my own domain email.
1. The shorter the domain name you purchase, the better when it comes to texting, tweeting and just typing your email in for websites, signing up for newsletters, etc.
About the turn of the century, I did an exhaustive amount of research to determine the shortest domain you could purchase. At that time, pretty much every combination of three, four and five letters/numbers domains had been bought up and people were just holding onto them. The good news for those trying to buy a short domain is that after the economy crashed in 2008, quite a few 4 and 5 letter/number domains became available. I was able to get a four character domain fairly easily when I switched domain names for my personal domain email. This shorter domain makes typing my email address much faster. A recent search showed that some 4 letter/number domains are still available which indicates there is a better chance overall that you can find a shorter domain name that will work for you. I offer a $99 service to find short domains. For more information, simply email me at Domainsearch@dnh7 dot org (dnh7.org) if you are interested with “Domain Search Service” in the subject line.
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2. Remember, not all extensions are created equal.
As I mentioned earlier, I have had hundreds of web accounts from PayPal to Amazon, to three different conference calling accounts for example. From my experience the .info extension wasn’t always recognized as a valid email address when signing up for online accounts and newsletters. Therefore, you may want to consider staying with the .net, .com or .org extensions for your domain name when using it for a personal email address. Most people stay with the .com if they will be using their domain email for business use.
3. Forwarding your email to one account makes life easier.
I have all of my domain email addresses forwarded to my Gmail account. This provides several advantages. First of course is I can manage all my email from one login and don’t have to login to all my domain email accounts every day. Second, using the domain email address for signing up for newsletters, etc. protects my Gmail address from spam. I’ll talk more about this in a minute. Third, Gmail automatically creates custom spam rules for your account based on what you label as spam. In addition to my personal and professional domain emails, I have a number of hobby blog sites like this one. Many of them have their own domain email address and these are forwarded to my Gmail as well. If I need to send an email from any of my email addresses, I can do so right inside Gmail. Gmail has a feature called “Send Mail As”. You can access this feature from the Gmail settings and add any address to send from that you control. Once the additional address is added and confirmed, this additional address is available to send from via a drop-down menu when composing an email. You will be able to select your sending email address from this drop-down box. It is really easy to set up this feature. First make sure your domain email is forwarded to the Gmail account you want to add it to. Next go through the steps in Gmail to add the address. Then when Gmail sends the confirmation email to prove you own the added email address, it comes directly to your Gmail account and you just click the link. With this configuration, adding one of your email addresses to Gmail to send from only takes a minute or two.
4. Use The “Catch All” Feature To Create Email Addresses On The Fly To Help Manage Spam.
When configuring your inbox for your domain email you can designate one email address as a “Catch All” Account. What this means is that you can make up an email address on the fly based on your domain name and it will still be delivered to your inbox. For example, Whateveryouwanthere@yourdomainname.com. In most cases when I sign up for an online account, I use a made-up email where the first part of the email name before the @ sign, is the name of the website. This way when I get an email, I can tell from the “to” address which website or company I gave this address to. Using this technique, if a company sells my email address or spammers hack the website and get this email address and I start getting tons of spam, I can set up a filter/rule in Gmail to either delete any email sent to this address or add a label automatically to help me mange emails sent to this address.
5. Create An Alias In Gmail When Corresponding With Help Desks, Etc.
Another problem I’ve run into when using made up email addresses with your domain email address is that if you make up a unique email address on the fly as explained above when you make a purchase online, for example and then you need to contact support, sometimes they want the email to come from the made up address. For example, if you buy something at Amazon and you use the address Amazon@yourdomain.com, the support desk may want you to email them from this address to make sure it is really you. When this happens it is very easy to add one of these made-up “Catch All”, virtual or wild card email address to your “send mail as” alias list in Gmail as discussed in paragraph three above.
6. Don’t let your inbox fill up.
If you forward your custom email account to your Gmail account, there is one lesson I learned which you will want to watch out for. After almost a year of running my domain email account, I stopped receiving my domain emails in my Gmail account. After some investigation, I found out that I had filled up the allotted online storage for my domain email account. Once the allotted storage is full, the domain email address will not receive any more emails. After deleting some emails in my webmail account (of course I still had the carban copies that were automatically forwarded to my Gmail account), emails sent to my custom domain email began forwarding to Gmail again just fine. Keeping an eye on this is important because if your domain email box is full, all emails sent to your full domain email box will “bounce” and you will not receive them and their is no way to get them back. Depending on how much email you receive, you may want to purge your personal level mail account monthly or at least quarterly to make sure you don’t use up all your allotted online storage , like I did after a year. After that first glitch, everything worked just fine. I just clear out my custom email account periodically. A few years ago I decided I wanted to keep more of my emails in my webmail account as a backup. I upgraded from the personal email plan to the business level email plan with more storage space for my emails. Last time I checked this upgraded account I have over 40,000 emails in my webmail inbox after over a year and a half while only using 41% of my storage space. If I ever delete an email in my Gmail account and then later realize I need it, I can login into my webmail account and retrieve the backup copy.
7. Turn off your spam filter.
It took me a while to figure this one out, but if you forward your custom domain email to another email account like Gmail or Yahoo Mail like I do you may want to turn off the spam filter in your webmail account. By turning off the spam filter in the custom domain webmail account, you let the Gmail, Yahoo, etc. spam filter weed out the real spam. If you leave the spam filter on in the custom email account, it may stop a legitimate email you were expecting. Then you will have to log into your custom domain webmail and check the spam folder. By turning off the spam filter in the custom domain email account, the Gmail or Yahoo Mail account spam filter will still filter these incoming messages and there is no need to filter the messages twice and it will save you from having to check your webmail spam folder all the time.
8. Find a good custom domain name provider.
I have tried a number of different hosting services over the years. The one I used before I created my re-seller service was purchased by another company. Once they were purchased, the great customer service they had, changed. I put up with this for a while, as I liked their control panel and other features. However, the last straw was when one of the domains I had configured to not automatically renew (because I didn’t want it anymore) was renewed and of course my credit card was charged. Another hosting service I tried prior to that said, they could install a script I purchased, but the script apparently wasn’t installed properly and I could never reach anyone in the support section of the hosting company for help. This was a three hundred dollar mistake as I purchased the hosting and then got stuck with a script I couldn’t use and no way to contact anyone to cancel my plan or get it fixed. This hosting company, by the way, was one you see positively reviewed on almost every hosting review site so I trusted them. I later learned why they (and several others) are recommended by so many people apparently. It appears it is because these hosting companies are paying big affiliate commissions for referrals. Trusting these review sites was a big mistake on my part. This is another reason I created my own re-seller site so other people don’t have to have the same problems I had like this. You will always be able to reach a customer service rep 24/7 for my reseller service at InternetDirectSolutions.com and if you need a refund there is no problem. Just check the site for the current refund policy.
9. Never buy a domain name over the phone.
The only problem I had with the help desk service I used for my re-seller account at InternetDirectSolutions.com was when I purchased a domain over the phone one time. The person on the phone apparently didn’t understand what I said and spelled the domain name wrong. I just had to laugh and chalk it up to another lesson learned. I never buy my domains over the phone now; I always use the online domain search form at InternetDirectSolutions.com to check for domain availability and purchase my domains.
Now that I have shared with you the lessons I’ve learned from owning my own domain email since 2004, on the next page I am going to share with you my Step by Step Guide to getting your own .com email domain. Click here now to go to step 1.
Now that I have shared with you the lessons I’ve learned owning my own domain email since 2004, on the next page, I am going to share with you step 1 of my Step by Step Guide to getting your own email domain.
P.S. I’m sure you could figure out how to do all of this on your own if you wanted to. I did, but it cost me hundreds of dollars in lessons learned and over 100 hours when you calculate the time researching domain and hosting services, and trying out different configurations for my domain email service to figure out what works consistently and predictably.
P.S.S. One more thing. You can invest your time and money figuring this out on your own, if you want, or you can follow my 3-step guide and get something that works. To get started with your own custom email domain, click here now to go to step 1.