If you want your business to look more genuine when customers or clients contact you via email, you should consider creating a custom email address ID for your business. A customized email account like firstname.lastname@example.org looks a bit more professional than email@example.com. I use custom email addresses for my online businesses and have decided to share with you, how to set up such email IDs for your own business.
How To Get Started
You will need a web hosting account for you to be able to create a customized email address, though you do not need to design a website before you can use your customized email ID. If you have a web hosting account, you will be able to access your cPanel, where you will set up your custom email account.
How Do I Get A Web Hosting Account?
There are load of web hosting companies out there but you can try Web4Africa or HostGator. If you are a Nigerian, you can try Web4Africa because the website allows you to pay for web hosting with Naira and even with Liberty Reserve etc.
All you need to do is to register on the sites and order for one of their hosting plans. Once your account has been activated, you will receive the login details to your cPanel in the email address you used when registering on the Web Hosting Websites.
So, How Do I Create E-mail Accounts From My Hosting Account's Control Panel (cPanel)
==> Log into your cPanel via www.yoursite.com/cpanel
==> Once at the main page, click on the "Email Accounts" icon as seen in the picture below
==> Fill the fields accordingly.
- Type the name of the account eg info, contact, admin, yourname etc.
- Enter the password you want to use and the disk space you would like to assign to the mailbox. You can assign an unlimited disk space for the email account.
==> Click on the "Create Account" button to create the mailbox.
==> You will be taken to a confirmation page. Click on "Yes" to create the customized mailbox.
So, How Do I Check I Check Access and Send Mails With My Customized Email Address?
==> Go to www.yoursite.com/webmail
==> Enter your customized email ID in the "email Address" field and enter your password in the "password" field.
==> Click the "Log in" button.
==> Click any of the email providers: SquirrelMail, Horde, RoundCube
==> You will see your inbox and right from there, you will also see the "compose" tab for sending email messages.
Go create your own custom emails and let me know via comments, if you face any problem.
Get Your Web hosting accounts at Web4Africa or HostGator and do not waste your time looking for websites where you can create free customized emails.