Link your e-mail domain to Google Apps

I read about Google’s free MX (mail exchange) domain mapping while I was tinkering around with my WordPress.com blog. I was excited that this service was given free as long as you won’t be creating more than 100 e-mail accounts on your domain, and being a private domain, I don’t think WebGrrrl.net is going to have any more than five accounts.

Google Apps logoI would recommend anyone who own your own domain to host your e-mail accounts in Google. It already has a fantastic interface to work with, ample storage, a great built-in spam protection mechanism, and you don’t have to worry about importing your e-mail addresses, messages and stuff if you decide on switching to a different web hosting provider once in a while (I don’t use POP to download my e-mails and just access them through a webmail, as I like the ease of accessing my messages through any computer I want). Best of all, once you integrate your domain with Google Apps, you’ll be able to use other popular Google Apps like Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Sites (great for those of us who are affiliate marketers and need to built squeeze pages on the fly!), branding them under your domain.

Remember to sign up for the free Standard edition, not the Premier edition as the latter is a paid program that charges USD50 per account per month.

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Posted on 1 March, 2008 under Life online

8 responses to “Link your e-mail domain to Google Apps”

  1. That’s a pretty good find, Would this also allow you to use your domain email with other Google services, like calendar? Because one reason I use GMail as my primary email account is that it keeps all my data in one place.

    • Lorna says:

      Oh, definitely; it has all the capabilities you’d normally get in you Gmail, and you can even tell Google to map your Calendar to a subdomain of your choice using CNAME, like http://calendar.webgrrrl.net/ (<-- not a working domain, just an example).

  2. i use it for pretty long already…gmail is the best….but I did not try other application

  3. papajoneh says:

    thanks for sharing. Im gonna check this out. Such an old timer of me 🙂

  4. Miltski says:

    Please help me understand, is Google’s MX is similar to Microsoft’s Outlook and Mozilla’s Thunderbird ?
    In that you can review all your email accounts Yahoo,Hotmail, etc, in one place ?

    • Lorna says:

      Google’s MX mapping is an e-mail hosting service, whereas Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird are just e-mail software that allow you to download e-mails from your e-mail hosting service provider.

      I assume you own the domain Miltski.com? Well, setting an MX record is similar to setting a DNS server so that your domain name points to the correct web hosting service. You just need to redirect all your domain’s e-mail service (MX records) from your current e-mail hosting service, to Google’s e-mail hosting service.

      You can ask your hosting provider customer support to help you to go about setting this up if you’re not sure.

  5. Graham says:

    Yes it is a great service, do you know if the pop access works tho. I cant seem to get it going.
    Graham.

    • Lorna says:

      You’ll need to enable it first. You should first log into your domain’s Gmail, and the go to Settings on the top right corner. Select Forwarding and POP/IMAP and Enable POP. In your email client, your outgoing mail should use pop.gmail.com and incoming mail as smtp.gmail.com. Your login should be yourid@yourdomain.com and password is the same one you use when you log into the web based mail. Most importantly, turn on / enable secure connection (SSL) for both incoming and outgoing mails.

      The above steps are from Google’s Help Center and I followed them exactly to make them work.