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How to Set Up Gmail for Your Domain

You have probably have one or more Gmail accounts already. You should be very satisfied with the speed, user-friendly interface and 10GB huge storage space of Gmail.

Do you know that you can also use Gmail for your domains? Yes, Google Apps provides this Gmail for domains service (similar to email hosting)some years ago. That is, users can now set up Gmail accounts with their own domains, for example, salest@MyDomain.com, support@MyDomain.com, enquiry@MyDomain.com, etc. And this Gmail for domains service is FREE for personal use.

To set up Gmail for your domain, you simply point the MX records (or Mail Exchange records) to mail servers of Google. That way, all the emails of your domain will direct to your Google Apps account. Therefore you can send and receive emails for your domains same as a Gmail account.

Google Apps provide a free version and a business version. With the free version, you can create up to 10 users Gmail account under a domain for free. Actually the free version should be enough for personal and small business needs. For bigger business that require more space and more user accounts, they can get an account with "Get Google Apps for Business".

Set Up free Gmail Accounts for Your Own Domain Names

This is quite easy to set up free Gmail accounts for your own domain. However it takes some time to set it up. Just follow the steps one by one. Let's get started...

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Go to "Get started with Google Apps for free" webpage to create an account. The URL is:

https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/standard/new3

The following Google Apps web page will appear.

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Enter your domain name. Click on the Submit button as shown below:

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If everything is okay, the application form below will be enabled, as shown in the diagram below:

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Enter the information in the fields one by one.

Create your new Google Apps login

Fill in the information of your Google Apps login as shown below. This is your Google Apps email address and login information.

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About your organization

Fill in your contact information. Be sure to use a current and valid email address. Gmail will be using this address to email important account information to you.

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Terms and conditions

Read the terms and condition below. Click on the "I accept! Create my account" button if you accept the terms and conditions.

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The Google Apps setup wizard page will appear.

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Just follow the instruction one by one.

You will also receive an email notification with information how to fully activate your account.

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Okay! Let's activate the account.

Verify Domain Ownership

The first step is to verify that the domain is owned by you.

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Choose a method to verify your domain. In this demo, we upload a file to the home directory of web hosting account of the domain.

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Click on the VERIFY button after you are ready. The following screen will appear if everything is okay.

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Click on the Continue link. You will be redirected to the Dashboard.

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You cannot use the Gmail with your domain up to this step. You still have a lot to do in order to use your Gmail account.

Click on the Setup Tab again. The following web page appear.

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Click on the Set up your apps link then click on Set up Gmail link as shown in the diagram below. To begin using Gmail, you need to route your domain's mailflow to Google Apps. In nearly all cases, you should do this via Google servers.Don't worry this won't affect your website.

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Click on the Next button.

The Direct mailflow to Google servers screen appear.

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Select the domain host or domain registrar.

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Setting MX Records

You will be given instruction how to change the MX record. In this tutorial, the following MX records need to be configured in the zone file.

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Log in your Domain Control Panel. Click on Email Setting and then select MX Records. Enter the MX records according to the instruction given by Gmail.

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Click on the Save button to save the changes.

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Go back to the Gmail Set up page. Click on the Next button. The following screen appear. Select "Yes, I changed qpom.com's MX records to route mail to Google". Click on the next button to continue.

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The following screen appear.

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Now you need to wait for the new MX records to go into effect across the Internet. This may take up to about 48 hours with some registrars. However it usually takes a few hours in effect with eNom domains.

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You can come back the Dashboard periodically to check your record status (or check Gmail status on your Dashboard tab). When your MX records are pointing to Google and you can begin using Gmail.

Check MX Records and Gmail Status

The MX records should be in effect on the Internet after a few hours with eNom domains. You can always come back to the Dashboard to check the status. The URL of the Dashboard is:

https://www.google.com/a/YourDomain.com

The login screen appear:

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Enter the username and password that you provide during the sign up process before. The Dashboard screen appear.

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Click on the Setup tab. If the MX records are activated on the Internet, the following congratulations message will appear.

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Congratulations!  Your MX records are set up correctly and currently directing your domain's email to Google Apps. You and your users can now send and receive mail using Gmail.

To create more user, simply click on the "Organization and Users" tab. Then enter the new user information.

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Wonderful, you can send and receive emails with Gmail account for your domain now! This is the end of setting up Gmail for your own domain tutorial.