Are you looking for a free email domain to use for your business? The email domain is a part of an email address that appears after the @ symbol and precedes the @ symbol.
It is extremely important to register a business email domain rather than simply using a generic Yahoo, Gmail, or Hotmail email address for your company.
It is difficult for customers and other business owners to put their trust in emails that come from a generic email account. A custom domain email address is more professional and lends credibility to your company’s online presence and communications.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through a few different options for getting a free email domain for your business on the cheap.
What is an Email Domain? (Definition)
The web address that appears after the @ symbol in an email address is referred to as the email domain. For example, in an email with the subject firstname.lastname@example.org, the domain “compnayname.com” is the email address.
Email domains allow you to create an email address with the @company name prefix that contains your company’s or brand name.
Either you can purchase an email domain for your business or you can receive a free email domain when you create a website for your company.
Because there are a variety of options for obtaining a free email domain for your company, we have covered the most popular ones in this guide:
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Obtaining a Free Email Domain with Bluehost is Method 1.
Custom domain names typically cost $14.99 per year, and email hosting services start at $9.88 per month, according to the domain name industry (usually paid annually).
This is a significant sum of money, especially if you are just getting started with a business website in the first place.
Fortunately, our friends at Bluehost have agreed to provide WPBeginner users with a free email domain in exchange for purchasing discounted hosting packages.
Essentially, you will receive a free email domain along with a free SSL certificate when you sign up for a shared hosting plan for $2.75 per month.
In addition to webmail, email forwarding, spam filter protection, and the ability to send and receive emails using any email client on your mobile phone or desktop, each hosting account includes a domain name.
How to get a free email domain with Bluehost is outlined below.
Step 1: Create a free email domain for yourself.
To get started, you must first go to the Bluehost website and click on the Get Started button.
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Following that, you’ll be taken to the pricing page, where you’ll be asked to choose a plan. Customers who want a domain name for their business tend to prefer the Basic and plans.
You will be taken to the next step after you have selected a plan by clicking it. You will be able to select a free email domain name from this page.
Choose a free email domain from the list provided.
After that, simply click on the next button to proceed with the process.
Bluehost will now check to see if the domain name you entered is available for registration. You will be presented with some alternative options if your desired domain name is not available, or you can simply enter a new domain name in the box provided.
Please see our article on how to choose a domain name for your business for more information on selecting a domain name.
Having chosen your domain name, you’ll need to fill out your account information and finalize the details of your website hosting plan.
Specifications of the package
On this page, you’ll notice some optional extras that you can choose from. You can safely uncheck them if you want to keep your costs as low as possible.
Last but not least, you must enter your payment information to complete the transaction.
In the next few minutes, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your account control panel. All of your settings, including email accounts and other options, are located in this section.
The second step is to add email accounts to your domain name.
To access your email accounts, log in to your account dashboard and select the ‘Advanced’ menu from the left-hand column, then select the ‘Email Accounts‘ icon under the Email section from the drop-down menu.
Keeping track of your email accounts
This will take you to a page where you can manage your email accounts. To create a new email account, you must first click on the ‘Create’ button on this page.
Bluehost requires you to create a new email account before you can proceed. You must first enter the email address you wish to use, followed by a password. You have the option of deciding how much email storage space you want to allow for your users.
Create an email account for the first time
Afterward, click on the Create button to save your newly-created email account to your computer.
After that, Bluehost will successfully create your email account, and you will receive a confirmation message.
3. Using your custom domain email with Bluehost as a third step
Now that you’ve created your first account on your email domain, it’s time to get started. Let’s get started with it.
There are a variety of ways to make use of your new email address.
1. Web-based e-mail
To manage your email under your account, Bluehost provides a user-friendly interface that can be accessed through a web browser.
Go to the Advanced page and select the ‘Email Accounts’ icon under the Email section from the drop-down menu.
Keeping track of your email accounts
This will take you to the email accounts page, where you’ll be able to see all of the email accounts that you’ve set up. Go ahead and click on the ‘Check Email’ button that appears next to your email address.
You’ll be prompted to choose a default webmail application. They all function in the same way, but Roundcube has a more aesthetically pleasing interface.
2. Additional Devices and Applications
You can also send and receive email using any email application on your phone or computer, such as Outlook, Thunderbird, or another mail application.
Simply navigate to the Advanced page and select the ‘Email Accounts’ icon from the drop-down menu. From here, you must select the ‘Connect Devices’ link next to your email account to proceed.
Devices must be connected.
On the following page, you’ll find a list of all the most popular email apps and devices available. To connect your email client, select the app you want to connect to and follow the on-screen instructions to connect your email client.
Clients for electronic mail
There are also manual IMAP settings for connecting any other device or app that isn’t already listed below the list of supported devices and apps.
Manual mail configurations 3. Use it in conjunction with Gmail
Gmail not only allows you to send and receive emails to and from your Google account but it can also be used as a full-featured email client to consolidate all of your emails into a single location, which is convenient.
You will be able to send emails directly from your free Gmail.com account or mobile app, using your custom domain email address as the subject line.
Simply sign in to your Gmail account and click on the Gear icon to navigate to the Settings page, as shown below. Click on the ‘Accounts and Import’ tab to proceed from here.
Create a new email account
Select the ‘Check mail from other accounts’ section and click on the ‘Add a mail account link to the right of the section title.
When you click on this, a popup window will appear, in which you will need to enter your custom domain email address. On the following screen, you will be prompted to enter your login information for your account.
Connecting your Bluehost email to your Gmail account
Your username and password will be the complete email address you created earlier, as well as the password associated with that address. If you have a mail prefix in your domain name, that will be the POP server value.
Select the ‘Always use a secure connection (SSL…)…’ option, and then change the port value to 995 in the following dialogue box.
To save your settings, click on the Add account button at the bottom of the page.
Following that, Gmail will inquire as to whether or not you wish to use that account to send emails. Click on the Next button after selecting ‘Yes’ from the drop-down menu.
Gmail is used to send emails.
After that, you will be prompted to enter a sender’s identification. You can also use this account as an alias if you so choose to.
Essentially, an alias is useful if you have two email addresses that you use for different purposes. For example, a company email account belonging to an individual.
If you want to keep the ownership of this account separate from your other accounts, uncheck the alias box. Take, for example, a departmental address from your company, such as email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, as an example.
Information about the sender
To proceed, simply click on the ‘Next Step’ button.
You will now be required to provide the SMTP information for your server. Sending emails securely is accomplished through the use of the SMTP protocol (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol).
SMTP server information
The SMTP outgoing server for your domain will be mail.yourdomain.com (replace yourdomain.com with your actual email domain). After that, as the user name, enter your complete email address, followed by the password for your email account to continue.
To proceed, simply click on the ‘Add account button.
Gmail will now send a verification code to the email address associated with the account. You will receive the email in your Gmail inbox because you already have that email address associated with your Google account. Copy the code and paste it into the appropriate field to complete the SMTP configuration.
That’s all there is to it. You can now send and receive emails through your Gmail account that are addressed to your custom domain.
Method number two: Get a Free Email Domain from HostGator.
If you sign up for HostGator’s hosting plan, you’ll also receive a free email domain as part of the deal. They are one of the most well-known web hosting companies in the world, and they provide excellent plans for both startups and small businesses of all sizes.
We use HostGator to host several of our smaller websites, and we recommend them highly.
WPBeginner users can take advantage of an exclusive discount on WordPress hosting from HostGator, as well as a free domain name. Essentially, you’ll be able to get started for as little as $2.64 per month.
To get started with HostGator, simply click here.
With your account, you will receive an unlimited number of custom domain email addresses. This package also comes with webmail, email forwarding, and the ability to send and receive emails from any email client of your choosing.