Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Get A Free Professional Custom Email: Understand Zoho Mail And How To Set It Up

Ever since Google App and Microsoft Outlook has stopped offering us (webmasters) a free custom domain services, many bloggers and business owners has found it more than difficult to use a custom email. May be due to unable to opting-in for premium Email service.

Today, I’m to going share with you a taste of a better life by walking you through how to get a free custom Email for your domain with Zoho Email service provider.

It is now a year plus, when I have been using a service called ZOHO for maintaining my Email. But, before we move too far about Zoho, I will like to give a brief explanation on what exactly is a custom Email and how it works.

What Is A Custom Email?

Custom Email is simply a type of an exceptional Email which allows you to link your domain name with your company name or any name of your choice. You might have seen these type of an Email around many big websites:,, or Those are custom Emails.

The closest and yet a good example of a custom Email can also be seen here at bloggerwallet such as

while or is nothing but just a normal Email.

Few Ways Custom Email Can Be Worthwhile.

i. Professionalism/Credibility:

Having a custom Email is an act of professionalism just exactly like having a custom domain name, it gives readers an undeniable reasons to stick with you as they will consider you and your brand as a reliable source that worth listening to. Custom Email simply shows that you are one of the legends in the field, who can’t just shutdown all of a sudden.

ii. Building Unforgettable Brands:

Using a custom Email is a radiant method of getting your brand into the reader’s head. It helps readers reach you as quick as possible because most of them would have gotten your mailing address off handed.

For example, Bloggerwallet is a medium range popular blog which many people visits on a daily basis, now, imagine how perfect it would be if I choose as my custom Email. We all know it is very easy to remember.

Now that you have understood what is custom Email and how it works. I think it is the high time you find one for yourself.

If you are like many others (Including myself) that prefers to go for free custom Email service, then I will strongly advise you to go for ZOHO Email as they are the best Email service that offer free Email along with amazing features which one wouldn’t expect from a free service.

Zoho Email is the best choice for Bloggers, Freelancers, Small and Medium business owners and for personal use. Though, Zoho free account does not provide as many features as Google App and Microsoft Outlook which are paid. But, like I have said earlier, it is more than enough for small size business.

Please Note: Zoho also has premium account which works better than many other paid Email services.

Zoho free account has been fair enough by offering Ad-Free Interface, 5GB storage/mail user , 5GB Docs shared storage, 10 users and 1 domain hosting. According to myself, this is enough for a free account.

Now, let’s dive straight into today’s topic

How To Host Email For Free On ZOHO

Please follow below instruction carefully.

Step 1: Sign up

First thing you need to do is to sign up with Zoho, they offers 4 different packages, while now, I will suggest you to go for free package for a start, then when your business starts expanding, you might need to consider other packages.

In the sign up form, you will be asked to provide:

    1. Your custom domain name, (If you have any). If you didn’t have a custom domain, there is option for buying a domain there.
    2. Name: First name and Last name

    3. Admistrative account. This simply refers to the name you want to attach to your domain. For example help or contact_____ @yourdomainname

    4. Mobile number. Please make sure you provide a valid mobile number as they will send in a verification code which you will surely need to proceed.

    5. Lastly, you will provide a password. Make sure it is strong one ever for security purpose

      Step 2: Verify Domain ownership

      The next step is to verify your domain ownership from your cPanel, this task will be done with your domain registrar control panel. But fortunately, Zoho have made it simple in which they have connected with many popular domain registrar including Godaddy, 1and1, Bluehost,, Cpanel DNS, Wordpress and many others.

      Then go ahead and choose your domain registrar from the list. If your domain registrar is not listed, then go ahead and choose others.

      After that, you will be provided 3 different methods of verifications which are CNAME, TXT and HTML.

      HTML File Upload verification is the simplest and most used method due to its simplicity over the rest two methods, but you may need to have a web hosting provider and you must possess the ability to upload files to the root directory of the domain.

      Nonetheless, no matter which method of verification you chose, Zoho has provided detailed guides on each method.

      When I was setting up mine, I actually chose CNAME as my blog hosted on Blogger (Blogspot Platform). I’d recommend you too should go for CNAME.

      Detailed Guides For Setting Up CNAME On DNS Providers - From Zoho Mail.

      Read guide for setting up CNAME on Godaddy here

      Read guide for setting up CNAME on 1and1 here

      Read guide for setting up CNAME on Bluehost here

      Read guide for setting up CNAME on Hostgator here

      Read guide for setting up CNAME on Wordpress here

      Read guide for setting up CNAME on Other DNS here.

      Bonus: You may contact me for special guidance in setting up CNAME only with 1and1 DNS.

      Step 3: Set MX Records.

      The last steps is to set MX Records, MX Record allows us to send and receive message, every other steps has been completed, but if you don’t set MX Record on your DNS provider, you may not be able to send or receive any message.

      To setup MX Record, Zoho has got you covered as there are comprehensible guides for each and every domain registrar as we have listed above.

      Read guide for setting up MX Record on all domain registrars here.

      Let’s round it up

      And finally, after you have successfully completed all those steps above, you will be able to access your mail dashboard.

      P.S: It may take up to 24 hours before you will be able to send or receive messages, before that time, you may send a message to another Email or ask another Email to send you a message. Then wait until you receive their message. And that is when your account has been fully activated.

      Now, you’ve taken one step towards professionalism as you will be able to send message to readers via a custom professional Email.

      Let rub minds.

      What are your views about Zoho mail, have you been using Zoho? or what other free Email service provider you are using apart from Zoho.

      All contributions are mostly welcome and don’t forget to help share this post on social media

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