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.
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 have 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. This has saved me a lot of money over the years. 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.
This system is completely scalable from one to hundreds of email addresses. If you need a professional or personal email address, than the personal email plan with just one email address is probably the right one for you. It is less than a dollar a month. However, you have the option to get additional email addresses and more online storage for your business if you need to. I’ll talk more about the available email plans in step 2.
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 and several other dial up services. When cable internet became available in our area in 2002 I switched. After switching internet service providers, or ISPs, three 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 when I had to move for my job. 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 this first 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. Typing out a long address all the time can get old.
- I found I didn’t need anywhere near the 2GB of space my $29.88 email plan had. I was paying $29.88 a year for my email in addition to the yearly domain cost. While this isn’t a lot, I discovered that if I set up my own domain re-seller account, I had the option to give a free personal email plan (not available any more) to anyone buying a domain so I figured I might as well do this to get free email for myself and offer this same service to others to help them save money as well. Unfortunately my parent company stopped allowing me to do this, but the personal email plan is still less than a dollar a month so, after the cost of your domain name, you can have a personal or professional email address for less than one cup of good coffee per month.
- Another reason I changed my personal email domain is that I learned through trial and error that there are numbers of online services that do not recognize the .info extension as a valid email extension. This wasn’t a big deal, but I do like to protect my privacy by using a unique email address for almost every online account I create or online newsletter I sign up for. The email service you receive when you buy an email plan and domain at the re-seller account I set up at InternetDirectSolutions.com has an option called “catch-all” email. This option is also referred to wild card email, alias email, virtual email and all email, but they all mean the same thing—you can make up any prefix you want for your email address and it will be delivered to your real email address associated with your domain. If you enable this feature during your email setup, you can make up any prefix on the fly and you will receive it. For example, AnythingYouWantHere@MyCustomDomainName.com.
None of these reasons by themselves were a big deal, but after a few years of thinking about changing, I took the plunge and changed over. I did run both custom email domains for a year to make sure I got all my online accounts switched over. I used my free email account with my new domain name for a number of years and then switched back to the $29.88 (now $29.99) plan so I had more storage. Over the years of using online email I have had only one small glitch with receiving email at my domain email address which I will tell you in the “lessons learned” section below so you can avoid this.
I have learned a number of lessons over the years having my own email domain that you may find useful. I highly recommend you read this section. However, if you are ready to get your own email domain just Click Here to go to step 1 of my 3-step guide. This guide will walk you through how to choose a domain register and purchase your domain name, choose and email plan and create your email account. It will also show you how to forward your custom domain to your regular email if you choose to do so. Otherwise, keep reading for my lessons learned.
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 10 years ago, I did an exhaustive amount of research about the shortest domain you could purchase. At that time, pretty much every combination of four and five letters and numbers domains had been bought up and people were just holding onto them. Back then, you were lucky if you could find a random 5 character domain that made no sense at all. However, when I bought the most recent domain name, there were enough four character domains available that I was able to get one with two of my initials in it. It appears that the poor economy has not only affected real-estate, but also the availability of short domains. A recent search turned up a number of four character domains available for registration still. One really nice feature with having your own domain email, that I use all the time, is a one letter email address prefix. This makes for a very short email address when combined with a four character domain.
If you are serious about purchasing a four character domain name, contact me at FourCharacterDomains [@] dnh7 dot org.
2. Remember, not all extensions are created equal.
I have hundreds of web accounts from PayPal to Amazon, to three different conference calling accounts. My original custom domain with the .info extension worked when signing up for almost all my online accounts and newsletters. However, there were a number of sites that wouldn’t take the .info extension as a valid email format. Therefore, you may want to consider staying with the .net, .com or .org extensions for your domain name.
3. Forwarding your email to one account makes life easier.
I have my custom email forwarded to my Gmail account, so I have all my emails in one place. In addition to my personal and professional domain emails, I have a number of hobby blog sites like this one. Each one has their own email address and these are forwarded to my Gmail as well. If I need to send email from one of these email address 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. Once the additional address is added and confirmed, you will have 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. Since your custom email is already forwarded to Gmail, when Gmail sends the confirmation email to prove you own the added email address, it comes directly to your Gmail account. With this configuration, adding one of your made-up addresses can take about a minute or two.
4. Create an alias in Gmail when corresponding with help desks, etc.
Another similar problem you may encounter when using a made-up wild card email address is that if you make a purchase online and you need to confirm some information for billing or to contact the help desk, there have been a few times that the help desk wanted my response to come from the email I signed up with. In most cases when I sign up for an online account, I am using a made-up email where the first part of the email name before the @ sign, is the name of the website. When this happens it is very easy to add the made-up wild card email address to your “send mail as” alias list in Gmail as discussed in the above paragraph.
5. 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 getting my emails forwarded to my Gmail account. After some investigation, I found out that I had filled up the allotted online storage for my domain email account, and it stopped receiving emails. After deleting all the emails in my webmail account (I of course still had the copies in Gmail), 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, any emails sent to your full email box will “bounce” and you will not receive them. Depending on how much email you receive, you may want to purge your free 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. Recently however, I wanted to keep more of a backup archive of my emails so I upgraded back to the higher storage email service. 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.
6. 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, you may want to turn off the spam filter in your custom domain email account. By turning off the spam filter in the custom domain email, 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, the Gmail account spam filter can still filter these incoming messages and there is no need to filter the messages twice.
7. Find a good custom domain name provider.
The domain re-seller/hosting account I created to get my free email account with my domain purchase is InternetDirectSolutions.com. They have 24/7 customer support and I have never had any problems with their hosting. I have tried a number of different hosting services over the years. The one I used before I created the InternetDirectSolutions.com re-seller account 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 in the control panel 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 on the phone for support. 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 or get it fixed. This hosting company, by the way, was one of the major hosting companies you see on almost every review for hosting and so I trusted them. I later learned why they are recommended by so many people, because they are paying big commissions for referrals. Trusting these review sites was a big mistake on my part. That’s 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 InternetDirectSolutions.com re-seller service.
8. 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 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.