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  • Charles

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    July 16, 2019 at 3:06 am

    If you have a domain name for your business like site-name.com, you can use a custom email ID for sending and receiving emails for free. There’s 2 parts to it: Forward emails sent to a custom email like your-name@site-name.com to a personal email ID like firstname.lastname@gmail.com Send emails from your personal email ID but the recipient sees the email as coming from your-name@site-name.com. Create custom forwarding address Most domain registrars allow free email forwarding i.e. if you bought a domain from say GoDaddy or NameCheap, you can get emails to your-name@site-name.com forwarded to your personal email address. I use GMail for my personal email because I get all the features of GSuite for free (Email, Drive, Calendar etc.). I use namesilo for my domain because it’s the cheapest domain registrar and has tons of templates (the UI is a bit ugly but it works much better!). So I’ve added instructions on using namesilo and GMail. The actual UI and specific values of MX records may change according to the domain registrar you use but the steps remain the same which are: Add the right MX records in the DNS management section of your domain provider Configure the custom email ID and forwarding address you want to use Detailed steps: Update DNS records Go to the Domain Console for Domain Manager in namesilo and click on the ‘Update’ link next to DNS records https://i.imgur.com/IM0jBYn.png Add MX records Find the Email Forwarding template and click “Apply Template” https://i.imgur.com/KSTy0wv.png Add email forwarding Finally, go to email forwarding and follow instructions on this page reproduced below You can configure email forwarding for your domain by going to the Domain Manager page and then clicking the envelope icon under the “Options” column. https://i.imgur.com/aHOmY8s.png To create a new email forward, simply scroll down to the “Add/Change an Email Forward” box. In the “Email” field enter in the email forward you would like to create. Let’s say you want to use your-name@site-name.com, then enter your-name in the empty text box. https://i.imgur.com/Pzx7d2F.png It may take some time for the changes to propagate. It should not be more than 24 hours usually. You can send an email to your custom email ID an hour after setting up email forwarding to test. IMPORTANT: Only after you have email forwarding working, you can configure GMail to send emails with your custom email ID. “Send email as” in GMail Setting up an alias in GMail allows you to use gmail to send emails as your-name@site-name.com. i.e. Your recipients will see this email ID and not the GMail ID. It is a simple workaround to get a free custom email ID! Setup Gmail’s Two-Factor Authentication Create an app password. When prompted for Select the app and device you want to generate the app password for: Select Mail under the drop-down for Select app Select Other under the drop-down for Select device When prompted for text input, enter a descriptive name like “site-name” and click “Generate” https://i.imgur.com/ZWNX2u8.png Copy the password that is automatically generated and save it somewhere for now Go to Gmail and under Settings > Accounts and Import > Send mail as, click Add another email address When prompted for Name, enter the name that you want your email to be seen as “From” (e.g. Firstname Lastname) When prompted for Email address, enter the email address with the custom domain you used above (e.g. your-name@site-name.com) Click Next Step to proceed https://i.imgur.com/enDCkzC.png When prompted for SMTP Server, enter smtp.gmail.com and leave the port as 587 When prompted for Username, enter the portion of your Gmail address without the @gmail.com part (e.g. username if my email is username@gmail.com) When prompted for Password, paste from your clipboard the password you generated in step 3 above Leave the radio button checked to Secured connection using TLS Click Add Account to proceed https://i.imgur.com/9ZrKIGd.png At this point, you will be asked for a verification code. Keep this window open. Open Gmail in a new window and wait for your verification email to arrive (you will receive a verification code that confirms you are the owner of the email address you are attempting to “Send Mail As”) Once it arrives, copy and paste the verification code at the prompt you received in step 13 Once you’ve done that, go back to the email and click the link to “confirm the request”. You need to do this step and the previous step for the email to be correctly configured. https://i.imgur.com/O0Kot3q.png Done! Source for the instructions It may seem like a lot of steps but it won’t take much time. I was able to do this in under an hour. submitted by /u/dk_weekinmemes [link] [comments]

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