Having Gmail or Hotmail email addresses is fine for personal use, but if you own a business, a Gmail or Hotmail address does not leave a very good impression on your clients and prospective clients. Having a domain enables you to have a website as well as the email address on your own domain. For example, if your business name is “mybusiness” you can have a Gmail account like firstname.lastname@example.org, if it is available. In most cases, however, the exact name of your business is not available and you have to be content with email@example.com, not impressive at all. But with your email address on your own domain, you can have an email address like firstname.lastname@example.org – seems cool.
Having a domain and your own email addresses are not expensive. For few dollars a month, say $10-$20, you can have both domain name and email addresses. Following are the steps to set up your domain and email address.
- Buy a Domain Name
This is the trickiest part. Not because it is technical or difficult, but because most of the names are already taken and you might have some difficulty in finding the right one. But with some creative thinking, you can still find a cool domain name. Here is a tip. If you want to have mybusiness.com, which is not available, try adding some unique name to it like KensBusiness.com, or use a hyphen like my-business.com.
- Buy Hosting
You must buy hosting before you can use your email address. There is a large number of hosting companies. Do some research on hosting discussion websites, like webhostingtalk.com etc., and you can easily find an affordable and reliable hosting provider.
- Set Up Your Email
Once you have the hosting, setting up your email is very easy. Every hosting company provides access to a control panel. Most often it is cPanel, where you can manage a host of things including email. Look for email section and follow the instructions to create an email address on your own domain.