How To Use Your Domain Name As Your Email Address

How To Use Your Domain Name As Your Email Address
Welcome to the 2nd installment of Tech Tuesday!! If you missed the first one, How To Buy Your Own Domain Name, check it out! So, once you’ve purchased your domain name, now you’re gonna want to send emails using your new fancy domain! Here’s how you can do it without throwing your computer across the room! There are 2 ways…if you bought hosting, and if you just bought the domain name:
If You Bought Hosting
Log into the cPanel. This is where all the magic happens that you don’t see. For NameCheap, I click on Email Accounts, and then can add new ones for any domain that I’m hosting. For this example I’m adding kaleigh @
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Here it lets me choose the address I want, and then I set my password, and hit Create Account.
Now it shows up in my list of emails
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So this gives me an email address, but I have to go through the software on my hosting account to check it. Which is no fun when you’re a Gmail lover like me. Lets add this bad boy to Gmail!!
I use the same Gmail account and all sorts of emails are forwarded to it. This will be one of those.
Head to Gmail, and on the right hand side, click the gears icon and then Settings.
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Click the tab “Accounts and Import”
Find the button “Add another email address you own”
Now the fun part. A little box will pop up. under name, put the name you want to show up when you send emails.
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Click Next Step, and don’t freak out.
On my hosting it lets me ‘Configure Email Client’. That gives you a TON of info that you wouldn’t normally know.
My SMTP Server is:
Find your SMTP port as well.
If your hosting doesn’t have options like these, don’t be scared to Google name of service SMTP Server.
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your username is the full email address, and the password is the one you just created for it.
Now you’ll get an email to that hard to find inbox through your hosting. Find the email from Google that is sent there.
Click the link to confirm, or enter the code, and you’re good to go!
Gmail allows you to make different emails the default and there is a Labs that allows you to send from that email as well (and if someone sends an email to that email it’s automatically the reply email).
If You Bought Just The Domain Name
This is much easier,but doesn’t let you send emails as your domain name…just receive.
Find where you can redirect or forward emails to your account. With my hosting, I just just click ‘add forwarder’ and enter the name I’d like to use.
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Boom. Done!
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I hope this all makes sense! If not, let me know in the comments, or send me an email 🙂


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How To Buy Your Own Domain Name

I have gotten a few questions about buying domain names and how it works, so here’s my quick guide on how to be “official”!

Decide where you’ll buy your domain name from.
I like to use NameCheap because, well, it’s cheap. It only costs $10.69 for a whole year with a .com  name. Other ones might be cheaper if they’re not a .com (or more expensive) depending on what the name is and availability. Sometimes your name is taken, so you have to get creative.

NameCheap asks if you want to get WhoisGuard for about $2.88 (or for free). DO IT. Basically what it does is protect your personal information. When you register for a domain name, you give your name, phone number, address, email, all sorts of personal info you might not want the whole world to see. WhoisGuard protects you and uses their information instead. So if someone does look your site up, it will just forward you whatever emails they try to send you.

With any site, before you check out, do a quick Google search to see if you can use a coupon code to get a discount! This is another reason why I like NameCheap, they have a page full of their latest promos!

You’ll also be asked if you want to add hosting to your website. If you plan on hosting your own site, you can do that here. If you use Blogger, Tumblr, or Squarespace, you don’t need to get it. But if you want to use the full then you’ll want to buy hosting (and make sure they do WordPress!).

WOO! Now you own your domain name!

*Be aware that sometimes it doesn’t start working instantly. It might take a few minutes to an hour. If you don’t see it after an hour DEFINITELY contact support!

Now, how do you actually use it?

This is a good guide for Blogger. If you bought hosting, it should be fairly easy to get it going.  This is a guide for installing WordPress on Name Cheap. It’s pretty straightforward. Just make sure you read everything carefully and don’t get overwhelmed!
When installing WordPress, when it asks for directory…leave it blank! Unless you want it to be like, leaving it blank will leave it at


And that’s it! Please let me know in the comments or on Twitter if this is helpful, or if you’d like more information!

My next Tech Tuesday post will be about how to use your domain name’s email, so be sure to subscribe via Bloglovin’ or another RSS reader to stay updated!