Things You'll Need:
- A domain name
- Google Apps account
- Your log in information for your domain registrant
- Step 1
First, click the gmail app link (see link in resource section below). Select administrator and enter your domain name.
- Step 2
Enter your personal information as requested, and any organization info you may have.
- Step 3
You will then be taken to a screen where you will setup your first mailbox for your administrator, e.g. email@example.com. Enter your preferred user name and password.
- Step 4
After creating the admin account, you are taken to your domain dashboard. This is the main control panel where the administrator can add new users, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. You can add more users now, but before anyone can use their new email, you must verify ownership of your domain name, and update your MX records.
- Step 5
There are a couple methods for verifying your domain. If you click on "verify domain" you will see two options to add a CNAME or upload html. There is also a third option not listed and that is to update your MX records. Since we need to update MX records anyway, so this is the method we will use.
- Step 6
To make the necessary dns changes, you need to log in to your domain name registrant account. For example, if you registered your domain with GoDaddy, then you would log in to your account at godaddy.com. Select the option to manage your domain name and then go to the dns management option. If you have any MX records listed for your domain remove them and add those provided by gmail as listed here:
MX Server address Priority
- Step 7
It can take up to 48 hours for dns changes to update, so be patient. Once your changes have updated and been verified, you will notice that the email section of your dashboard now says active rather than pending. When your email is active, you are ready to send and receive email with your personal domain name.