Creating a personalised – custom email address for your domain name will only take a few minutes. Using Zoho Mail I am going to show you how to set up your own personal email address which is of numerous benefits to you and your blog.
What are the benefits of personalised email address
- Quick AdSense and media.net approval
- Branding to become a professional
- Blog Advertisement
- Better Conversions and customer trust.
I will not explain the above benefits of a personalised email address because I believe it’s self-explanatory. But why use Zoho when you can actually use Google Apps?.
With Google apps, you can create a personalised email address but at a fixed rate ( you have to pay) but Zoho doesn’t charge you a Kobo this is why we are going to use Zoho in setting up a personalised email address.
- Create a Zoho account
- Create a Zoho mail account
- Verify with your domain DNS
- Set up your personalised mail
- Start receiving and sending emails
Create a Free Zoho Account
Zoho is entirely free and secure. Many bloggers use Zoho as their mail client and also Zoho mails delivers almost instantly which means you receive any mail sent to you instantly.
You can also set up Zoho mail with your phone and laptop email client for better and quick connectivity.
Visit www.zoho.com >> Sign up using the “SIGN UP FOR FREE” button.
Fill the form which includes “your email address” and your “password”. You can also use the LinkedIn or Google option to sign up.
You have successfully created your Zoho account. Aside from mailing, you can use other services provided by Zoho.
Create Zoho Mail Account.
Visit www.mail.zoho.com or you could also locate the mail icon among the options in the page shown.
Phone number verification is required. Follow the steps provided on the page to verify your phone number.
The next page is where it all begins. You will choose “Business Email” on this page. What’s the difference between business email and personal email?.
A personal mail will let you create a free mail such as johnokosun(@)zoho(.)com while the business email is what you use when creating personalised mail such as johnokosun(@)bloggingprince(.)com
Note: This will work for all domain names including .com.ng
Step 3 – Pricing
Select the “FREE” plan which lets you create up to 25 personal mail address for just one domain. You can upgrade at any time if there is a need to.
On the next page, if you already have a domain name, tick “sign up with a domain I already own” >> Fill in domain details >> Input your name, phone number, Password.
For Administrator account, this is the email you are creating, you can use any name you wish ( e.g [email protected], admin(@)bloggingprince(.)com etc.) >> Add phone number. could be same as the previous one.
Confirm your phone number. After which your account will be fully created. Henceforth, you can access your account using your phone number (as email) and your password.
Setup Zoho Custom Mail Address
If you have gotten here successfully, then congrats already because all you need to do now is verify your domain ownership and a few other settings before you can send your first email.
Choose your domain name provider in the drop down list. If not listed, don’t be worried. Just click on “others”.
Go to your domain name provider (e.g garanntor.com) and access the DNS settings. Create a new record and set the values as shown below.
Host Name – Code is shown below Name/Host/Alias/CNAME
Type – CNAME
Value/Address – Code is shown below Value/Points to/Destination.
When done at your domain provider, click “Proceed to CNAME Verification”.
You can add more users such as support(@)blogname(.)com etc. Max limit is 25 users for a free account.
Not really necessary for now but if you wish to create one, read about it on the page and proceed to create a group.
Configure Email Delivery
This is done using MX records. Go back to your domain name provider and add the details provided as shown below. Create a new record.
MX Settings 1
Host Name – @
Type – MX
Priority – 10
Value/Address – mx.zoho.com
MX Settings 2
Host Name – @
Type – MX
Priority – 20
Value/Address – mx2.zoho.com
Save your settings, wait a few minutes and click “MX Lookup”. Continue with the Next Button.
You can skip this step but for better email privacy and security, add the details. When creating a new record, let your type be “TXT”, Host name as “@” and TXT Value/Address is shown.
Not essential. Skip it.
Mail Client Configuration
This is where you can configure your personalised Zoho mail to deliver emails to your laptop or phone mail client directly. If you don’t know how this works, no problem, I will explain better in another post.
Zoho is mobile friendly so is your mail. Download any of the productivity apps depending on the phone you use. Zoho app works like Gmail app which lets you receive messages straight to your phone.
Great! All settings made. Go to control panel.
The Control Panel.
Easy to understand. Here you can add more users, create groups, delete your email address etc.
Send Your First Email.
Everything is well set up. Send your first email.
visit www.mail.zoho.com >> If log-in required, add your details (phone number as email and password)
Welcome to your mailbox. Locate “New Mail” >> Start sending your emails. >> Go to inbox to view received emails.
You should play around with different settings to get more understanding of how the system works. I will write on how to connect it to your phone/laptop mail delivery client and in case you want to use it for AdSense, I will show you how to get it done.
This is how easy it is to create or setup a free personalised – custom email address using Zoho. Please not, you can only use one phone number per account and free domains such as dot TK and dot CF don’t work. (at least didn’t work for me).