Did you know that you can set up email accounts from your own domain using the power of the user-friendly Gmail browser-based email system? This means you can have any email address you want provided you own the domain name, and you’ll be able to access it from anywhere a browser is handy. Setting it up is a little intimidating, but if you follow these steps, you should be in the clear. (And you only have to set it up once!)

As an example, let’s assume you want to own the domain i-really-love-coffeecup.com and your name is Scott (awesome name BTW), you could easily set up scott@i-really-love-coffeecup.com as your email address.

Remember, you need to own your own domain for! If you don’t have one, you can always buy one from us, and we’ll set it up for you. :)

Gmail is awesome, we’re using it ourselves!.

We briefly considered creating our own email service, but a few things halted that process. First and foremost the simple observation that we have been using gmail for our email needs since somewhere in 2007 — and have always been more then happy with it. So why create something else for our customers?

We also wanted to keep the price of our publishing and form processing platform low and not clog our support center with email inquiries. Which is one of the main support topic for hosting providers… We also decided it should be open, so that you can use any email service you like. We happen to think that Gmail is a particularly good one.

Setting up a Google Apps account

Step 1
Go to the Google Apps Gmail page and click the button that says "Get Started".
Google Apps Get Started
Step 2
Let's get started by clicking "Next".
Starting the Setup Process
Step 3
Enter your business name and select the number of employees and click "Next".
Adding Your Domain

Step 4
Select your Country and click "Next".
Creating Your Account

Step 5
Enter your email address and click "Next".
Starting the Setup Process

Step 6
Click the "NO, I NEED ONE" button.
Verify Domain Ownership

Step 7
Enter the domain you want to buy and click the "magnifying glass" icon to see if it is available.
Verify Domain Ownership.

Step 8
Verify that this is the domain you want to purchase and click "Next".
Verify Domain Ownership

Step 9
Enter your contact information and click"Next".
Download HTML Verification File

Step 10
Enter your name and click"Next".
Download HTML Verification File

Step 11
Enter the login credentials you want to use and click"Next".
Download HTML Verification File

Step 12
Check the box and click"AGREE AND CREATE ACCOUNT".
Download HTML Verification File

Step 13
Download HTML Verification File

Step 14
Verify your information and check the corresponding boxes and then click"continue".
Download HTML Verification File

Step 15
Confirm your domain registration and click"Next".
Download HTML Verification File

Step 16
Enter your credit card information and click"Continue".
Download HTML Verification File

Step 17
YOU DID IT!! Now click "Continue" and your done!.
Step 18
Now that your account has been created, we can start the domain verification process. Click the "Start Setup button.
Starting the Setup Process

Step 19
Click the "Verify Domain" button and then click Next.
Verify Domain Ownership

Step 20
Domain administration is handled though your S-Drive Dashboard (not NetworkSolutions.com). Click the "No" button.
Verify Domain Ownership.

Step 21
Select "Other" from the drop down list and then click "Begin verification".
Verify Domain Ownership

Step 22
Select the "Alternate methods" tab and then select the "HTML file upload". Download the generated HTML verification file and save it to your Desktop.
Download HTML Verification File

Do not click verify!

You will complete this part of the process later in Step 14.

Associating your domain with your S-Drive account.

Step 1
Open a new tab in your browser (don't close the previous tab) and go to your S-Drive Dashboard and then select your website that you want to verify the domain in the drop down list located in the upper right hand corner. Next, click the link "upload files now".
S-Drive Dashboard
Guess What?

Did you know you can also upload files to S-Drive with our HTML Editor, Direct FTP and the Web Editor for OS X?

Step 2
Click the "Choose Files" button and then select the HTML verification file that you saved to your desktop from Step 9.
Select the HTML verification file for uploading

Step 3
Click the "Upload Now" button.
Uploading the HTML verification file to your website

Step 4
Click the "View Files" button.
Verifying that the HTML file was correcty uploaded to your website
Upload HTML Verification File

Step 5
You can now close the S-Drive Tab and switch back to the Domain Verification Tab (Step 9). Once there, click the "Verify" button.
Complete The Verification Process
Step 6
The verification process is now complete! Congrats! :-)
Step 7:

The final step of this process is adding the Gmail MX Records to your domain. Google provides their own mail servers, which you can read about here. Switching your MX Records to the ones provided on their page differs depending on whether you use S-Drive or another hosting service.

  • If you’re using S-Drive, sign in to your S-Drive account here, then go to the domain management page and click Manage DNS Settings under the domain name you are using. You’ll need to get Google’s MX records and enter them into this page so that your DNS setup looks similar to this:

  • If you’re not using S-Drive, you’ll either need to sign into your hosting provider’s control panel and change the records yourself, or contact a server administrator to take care of this for you.
Congratulations! You are Done!

Remember, DNS changes may take a few hours for them to filter through the 'net so if you do not start getting e-mail right away, give it time for these settings to propagate.