Recently, Google declared that they are closing new records for the free version of Google Apps suite, which took Google Apps with Gmail in custom domain names. Lots of our visitors asked if there was a free option.
Outlook.com is a free email service launched by Microsoft that you can utilize your own domain name. Combining Outlook.com with free storage and staff Microsoft Skydrive, Outlook.com can be extremely helpful for professionals & website owners.
In this article, we will show you how to set up your own email address experienced professional with Outlook.com
What is a Professional Email?
A professional email is the one with the corporation name on it. For example firstname.lastname@example.org is a specialized email and not has email@example.com. There are lots of methods you can set up a professional email.
You can utilize the integrated mail server that comes with most WordPress web hosting providers. However that does not mean almost matched the features you get with Gmail.
Step by Step Guide to Setting up Outlook.com on a Custom Domain Name
To use Outlook on your own custom domain, you must arrange MX and TXT records for your domain. MX records say domain name servers that are utilizing the Microsoft mail servers & TXT records are used to verify domain ownership.
Step 1: Signing up for a Custom Domain Mail Service
Go to Windows Live Admin Center & click on Get Started to begin setting up your domain on Outlook.com.
Enter your domain name on the next page:
The next screen will provide you an alternative to either utilize an existing Microsoft account to administer this domain or make a new Microsoft account on your own domain name, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure that you provide an active email address as Microsoft will send a confirmation email to verify your ownership of the email address.
If you have chosen to use an existing Microsoft, then you will be asked to sign, otherwise you will have to fill a form to make a new account in your custom domain. Once you complete the form, you will receive a confirmation message to the email address you given. Click the link in the email to verify your ownership of the email account.
The next page will ask you to corroborate your request & accept Microsoft’s terms of service. Once you admit, you have ended the first step of setting up an administrator email account to handle your domain on Outlook.com
Step 2: Setting up DNS MX Records to use Outlook.com
After the sign up, you will reach Windows Live Admin Center’s domain manage page & it will be showing MX & TXT record strings which you require to add to your DNS settings.
Lots of WordPress hosting givers utilize cpanel for account management. It is likely that your web host may be utilizing a different control panel with a slightly diverse interface. Don’t worry just look around for Domain Settings page, & you will discover a link to edit the DNS settings or enter MX records.
If you can’t discover DNS or MX records settings in your control panel, then ask your web host. In this tutorial we will be utilizing cpanel to demonstrate how to add MX records.
Log in to cpanel & click on MX Entry icon under Mail:
After this you require to choose email routing way. Choose “Automatically detect configuration”
Add the MX record string given by Outlook.com. Leave main concern as it is & add the record in the Destination field.
To defend email originating from your domain & landing into junk or spam, you require to configure sender ID by adding a TXT record with this value:
v=spf1 include:hotmail.com ~all
If you desire users to utilize mail.yourdomain.com to sign in for email address, then you can make a CNAME record in your domain’s custom DNS settings or in cpanel’s Simple DNS Editor. Enter Mail in the Name field, & enter subdomain in CNAME field, e.g. mail.example.com.
You will have to wait for DNS settings to spread which can take thirty minutes to forty eight hours. You can refresh Windows Live Admin center’s domain settings page to observe when the changes are live & prepared.
Step 3: Creating Custom Domain Name Email Accounts
Go to Windows Live Admin Center & click on your active domain. On the left sidebar you will discover options to handle accounts on your domain. You can choose Open Membership, so that people on your site can sign up for an email account with your domain name.
The other alternative is where you manually make email accounts for your staff, family associates, friends or society members. You have the authority to suspend or remove any email account on your domain at any time.
Microsoft’s new Outlook.com email service looks extremely promising, & it is a huge choice for those who are finding for a free alternative to Gogole Apps. Let us know if you have any questions & concerns about this Outlook.com setup.