If you own a business and you’re using firstname.lastname@example.org as your business email, STOP!
Just staaaaaappppp, for the love of everything professional, just stop. Please.
You need a email@example.com email address.
Why? Because it’s professional. It shows you’re serious about your business and own it. Whether you are a shop owner, blogger, coach, brick & mortar business, ANYTHING. I repeat ALL business owners should be using their domain name in their email address.
Also, G SUITE rocks.
Using G Suite (formerly Google Apps) gives you access to Drive: online spreadsheets, forms, word docs, as well as Gmail with your domain name for only $5 per month (per user).
And you can add as many team members as you want so all your staff can have their own email address on your domain. It’s $5 per user per month.
Another great perk is you can set up aliases like ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or ‘email@example.com’ and have them pointing to your address so that you appear to have a team and/or separate emails for customer services versus your direct account.
I sure hope so. This is a business expense of only $60 per year and it’s worth every penny.
Why Gmail rocks:
- amazing spam filters
- super easy tagging, folders, and filtering tools
- easy auto-responders settings
- access it anywhere from ANY device
- Use the app on your mobile phone
- Excellent security
- 24/7 Live Support
- 30 GB of storage space per user
- extensions to systemize your sales funnels, unsubscribes and track email opens
- extremely simple process for adding more team members
So I’m going to walk you through how to start using G Suite to get a firstname.lastname@example.org email address!
To see what G Suite can do for you, check it out here.
There are two ways to start using G Suite with your domain, through your web host, or through G Suite/Google directly.
Either way, you will need to know the basics of navigating your web host’s settings for your website, because you need to prove to Google that you own your domain before they will let you setup your G Suite account to point to yourname@yourcompany email.
If you have good customer service or a support plan with your web host, or someone that manages your website for you, you could have them set this up for you.
However, it’s pretty straightforward. Just set aside an hour to be able to concentrate and be ready with:
- Your Website login
- Your Web Host login
SET UP G SUITE THROUGH YOUR WEB HOST
I use Bluehost, and you can see the Set Up G Suite process right on the main login page of your hosting account. I think this process is easiest.
There are fewer steps when setting up through your web host because your domain is already verified.
Look for something like this after you’ve logged into your web host:
SET UP G SUITE THROUGH GOOGLE DIRECTLY
Get your web host login and site login ready
Visit G Suite on Google
1. Create Your Account
2. Verify Your Domain
The steps you will take will be guided and instructions will be included. Google is pretty thorough in their instructions, so if you follow them, don’t worry about the technical terms, you’ll be able to work through it okay. Don’t despair!
3. Copy and paste a meta record to your website.
If you’re on WordPress, the meta tag can be copied into your Header Text Widget.
4. Login to your web host and edit the MX Records. Again, G Suite will provide step-by-step directions on how to do this. It’s not difficult to do.
5. Once you have edited those MX records, you should be able to verify that you own the domain and G Suite will complete your setup!
The beautiful thing about G Suite is that your email is accessible from anywhere and you’re working in the cloud. If your computer dies, if your phone dies, you can access your important work emails from any device, anywhere.
Not only is it more professional and reliable and usable, you’re now able to get your work emails from anywhere that you can log in to gmail.com.
Get to it!
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