When you’re starting a brand new blog, there’s so much to do. Create posts and videos, setup your autoresponders, blog promotion, network and so much more. In this tutorial we are going to be discussing how to setup a custom email using Gmail.
Now I know what you’re thinking, why would I take the time to do this?
Well if you’re blogging because you enjoy it and you are just doing it as a hobby, then this may not be that important.
However, if you’re blogging because you want to eventually turn your blog into a business so that it will sustain you and your family, then listen up.
Chances are you want to be seen as the professional in your niche. If so then you need to act the part. This means that you want to start using a professional email that is tied to your domain.
You don’t want to be emailing people who contact you via your contact form using a different email than your site.
What Do I Mean
When I first started this blog, I didn’t have my custom email set up. Someone emailed me and I had no choice but to respond.
I didn’t have the time to set up a custom email. My email was totally different than what my site is.
It didn’t even have my name in it.
Now I’m NOT sure what that person thought.
They filled out my contact form on susanvelez.com and got an email from someone totally different.
I can only imagine what they thought. They probably didn’t even open up the email.
Maybe I looked like a spammer who got a hold of their email? Maybe they thought that I was a spammer who got a hold of their email address.
I’ll never know what they thought and I’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression.
I never heard from them again? So was that a lost customer?
Maybe, maybe not. I could beat myself up for NOT taking the time to setup my email properly when I first installed WordPress.
But instead, I wanted to share my experience with you, so you won’t make the same mistake I made.
That’s why I am going to show you how to setup a custom email using Gmail.
Sure you could set up a custom email using Gmail for Business, but the method that I am going to show you is NOT going to cost you anything, except maybe 5 minutes of your time.
But it will be well worth it and when you get done, your email will look professional and people will know who it’s coming from.
So let’s get started.
How To Setup A Custom Email Using Gmail
Follow along or watch the video below to get started. My step-by-step tutorial will include images that will help you stay on track.
For this tutorial, I will be showing you how to do this inside of SiteGround. If you have a different hosting account, the process will be similar.
Step 1: Create An Email Account In cPanel
Log in to your cPanel and scroll down until you see Email Accounts.
Add the email account you want to add. For the purpose of this tutorial, I will be adding email@example.com.
If you have more than one domain, you will need to locate the domain you want to create your custom email for.
As you can see from the image above, the custom email I want to create is tutorials and I will be assigning it to my domain.
Password: Enter a strong password that can’t be guessed easily.
Click create account.
Now you should see your new email at the very bottom.
Step 2: Create A Forward For You Email
The next step is to create a forward for our new email. We want to ensure that whenever someone emails us at our custom email, it gets forwarded to our gmail address.
Click on access webmail and you will be taken to a page that looks like this.
You can choose whichever one you want to use. I will be using the Roundcube.
Click on Roundcube
At the very top of the page, you will see your new email.
Click on the arrow and you will see.
Click on forwards and enter your gmail address you want to use to forward all your email from your custom email.
Make sure that you use an email you use on a consistent basis. This is the email you will be using to communicate with your readers who ask for your help.
Step 3: Login Into Your Gmail Account
Next step is to log into the Gmail account you want to connect with your custom email.
Once you’re logged into your Gmail go to Settings
Next we want to go to Accounts and Import on the top tab.
On the Accounts and Import tab scroll down till you see the option to
add another email.
Click on it and you will see a yellow box popup that looks like this.
Enter your email address that you just created from inside of your cPanel.
Be sure to leave Treat as Alias checked.
Click Next Step.
Step 4: Go Back To Your Hosting Account
For the next step we need to go back to email client inside of our hosting account. This time we are going to configure our email client to work.
pic configure email client.
You should see this.
We want to make sure that we use the Secure settings to setup the custom email.
We want to be able to send mail from our Gmail account using our new custom email so we will be using the outgoing info.
So in the yellow box that popped up, enter the following information. If you’re NOT using Siteground, you will enter your hosting account info.
SMTP Server: secureus45.sgcpanel.com
Username: the email you created
Password: This is the password you setup for your email.
Leave secured connection using TLS checked.
Click next and you will see another yellow box popup.
Step 5: Enter Your Verification Code
The last step is to check your inbox of the Gmail account you are connecting with your custom email and copy and past that verification code into the box to verify that you are the owner of the email.
Once you enter the code, you will now be able to start using your custom email.
Now whenever you respond to anyone who contacts you from your blog, your email will look professional because it is linked to your domain.
Other Helpful Tips
Now that your custom email is setup, you can set it up as the default email in your account.
Go to Settings >> Accounts and Import
You will see all your emails attached to your Gmail account.
Choose the option to make your new custom email your default email. This means that your custom email will be used whenever you send an email.
Final Take Away
Even if no one is reading your blog yet, eventually as you start posting more frequently people will visit your blog.
You want to be ready for when someone contacts you via your contact form.
Don’t make the mistake of responding to them from an email that is not related to your blog.
Start looking and acting the part of being a professional and people will start seeing you that way as well.
Have you setup a custom email for your blog? If not what’s stopping you from doing it?