Note: Google has discontinued the free version of Google Apps. To sign up for this service now, it costs $5/user/month or $50/user/year. Alternative, similar services are often offered by your domain registrar or hosting provider for free. An example is Zoho Mail.
Sure, anyone can have a email@example.com email address, but why not make it personal if you own your own domain… firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s how: You will need to own a domain name for this tutorial. You can purchase one from many domain registrars. (www.namecheap.com, www.godaddy.com, etc.)
- Navigate to http://www.google.com/a/cpanel/domain/new.
- Click on the “Administrator: I own or control this domain” radio button. [premium content]
- Type your domain name in “Enter your domain name” textbox and click “get started.”
- Now, fill out your information in the form and click continue.You can now specify your first administrator account name. After, click “Accept.”
- Now you have two options to verify your ownership of the domain name specified. You can upload a .html file (easiest, but you must have a hosting plan) or you can edit the CNAME record for your domain.
- If you select to upload a html file, click that option and create a .html file with the text specified by google in it. You can do this easily with Notepad (Google Data Here
then save as .html)
- Upload that saved file to your hosting account and click “I’ve completed the steps above.” Google will verify your domain (which can take 24-48 hours)
- If you choose to edit the CNAME record, you will need to follow the on screen instructions, but it will involve creating a custom CNAME record and pointing that record to google.com. Please consult your domain registrar’s instruction for creating a custom DNS entry or phone your registrar and they will be able to give you step by step instructions. After you have completed the CNAME record, click “I have completed the Steps Above.”
- You will be logged in to your new Google Apps account. I would suggest following the guide to get all of your services active and working.