While you certainly can blog for a long time using email@example.com, you’ll need an @yourblog.com email address once you reach your destination, so set it up now, and forward emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will make you look polished, and the steps are easy.
Get an @yourblog.com Email Address
Here are some examples of email addresses you might want for your website:
In cPanel, locate the mail section and select Email Accounts. Select the name of your email account, your domain, and your password.
Click Create Account and you’re done.
Now that you have an email address, how can you check it?
In the same Email Accounts window of your cPanel, scroll down to see the list of your email addresses.
Find the email address you just created. Click on More then select Access Webmail and open it in a new tab. Pick any of the webmail applications. It won’t matter which you select, as we’re setting things up so you can check them in gmail.
For the same email address, from your cPanel click Set Up Mail Client.
You should have two windows open now, one where you can see the mail server details and one where you can access your webmail.
Open a third tab with your gmail account. Click on Settings then Accounts and Import.
Under Send Mail As, select Add Another Email Address You Own.
Follow the instructions on the screen. You may need to refer to the mail servers detail tab we left open in your cPanel.
Once you have those pieces, you will get a screen asking for a confirmation code. Go to your webmail and refresh your inbox, what feels like a hundred times, until the confirmation email arrives. Add the confirmation code to the pop-up box and now you can send email using your professional email address!
Let’s set up checking the email account in Gmail now.
Back in Gmail, go to Settings, then Accounts and Import and scroll to Check Mail from Other Accounts (using POP3), then click Add a POP3 Email Account You Own.
Use the information from your cPanel mail server information tab to fill in all of the fields. Make sure you get all of the ports and servers correct. Your username is your full email address, for example email@example.com.
Send yourself a test email from another email account to make sure everything works.
If you created email addresses which you don’t intend to use for awhile, you can opt to set them to forward from your cPanel.
In your cPanel, scroll to the section with email addresses and select Forwarders. Add a forwarder for each email account you don’t intend to use, sending the emails through to an address you check regularly (like your main @yourdomain.com email address). You don’t want things getting lost in cyberspace!
Brand Your Email Accounts
In order to be really polished, add branding elements to your email accounts. Edit the settings to include your image and signature block.
People like to talk to people! Add your image to your contact card or account if it’s an option. Be sure to set your image in your gmail account(s). Use a picture of you or a logo image from your blog.
Your email signature is a piece of your brand and a chance to drive more traffic, don’t let it go to waste. Add your tagline, a formatted link back to your site, and further contact information if you have it. For example, you could add your phone number and, in some cases, an image.
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