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How To: Product Business

Step 11 – How To Setup An Email Account

Now that you have your web hosting picked out and your domain is up and running, it’s time to setup an email account.   Actually while you’re in there your best bet is to setup a few email accounts so you have them just in case.   Now would also be a good time to install some kind of password locker on your computer where you can start storing logins and passwords for everything.   As we go on you’re going to be signing up for a number of different services so you definitely want to get into the habit now of storing your passwords and information in one easy to use place.   Check the quick links box at the bottom and I’ll put some links in there to my favorite password storing tools.

So to setup your email is going to vary a little bit based on where you are hosting your site.  Generally speaking you should have access to some kind of management tool like cPanel, which is one of the most popular out there.  Log into your hosting account and see what they offer, also check their FAQs for how to setup email addresses in their system.

Most of you will have cPanel, so lets just walk through how to do it.   Go ahead and log into your cPanel on your hosting account and then just look for the “Email Accounts” link, it should be an icon of a little envelope.

Once you click that it’ll take you to a straighforward form where you can add a new account.  I usually like to then create a sales@ and support@ but it’s really up to you, also you might want to create a personal one for yourself like david@ which you can use for your own emails.  Use the password generator to make sure you have a secure password on each one.  Also I usually check off the unlimited box instead of setting a quota since in case we start sending large files we don’t want to get stuck hitting that at some point in the future.

So now you’re all set , to access these accounts you’ll need a mail client like Thunderbird or Outlook.   Your hosting company will provide you the mailserver info you need when you’re setting up those accounts.

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