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Day 1: Set Up WordPress

How To Create An Email Address And Gmail Alias

Action Plan

Step 1: Create An Email Address In SiteGround

Why This Step Is Important

The best practices for creating a business email address is to use your domain name in your address. An example would be [email protected] or [email protected]. This will look more professional than using your personal email address.

Watch Our Video Tutorial For This Step

This video will walk you through how to create an email address for your domain in SiteGround with our recommended settings.

Video Summary

  • Log into your SiteGround admin (0:07)
  • In “Site Tools” go to Email > Accounts (0:19)
  • Create your email address and password (0:35)
  • Change the mailbox quota to “2000” MB (1:20)
  • How to log into Webmail (1:40)
  • Where to find the mail configuration settings for using your own email client (1:55)
  • How to download an autoconfig file for your email client (2:19)

(I created a new email address for my domain name)

Step 2: Set Up An Alias In Gmail To Send And Receive Emails

Why This Step Is Important

We recommend using Gmail to send and receive emails because of their excellent spam filter and popular integrations. You can do this by adding your domain’s email address as an alias in Gmail. This will make managing your emails much easier.

Watch Our Video Tutorial For This Step

This video will walk you through how to configure Gmail with all of the required settings for creating an alias and sending/receiving email from your domain.

Video Summary

  • Log into your Gmail account (0:23)
  • Go to Settings > Accounts and Import (0:34)
  • Click “Add a mail account” (0:40)
  • Enter you email address and password (1:11)
  • Get POP Server URL from your SiteGround admin (1:30)
  • Troubleshooting incoming and outgoing server URLs (2:25)
  • Change Port number to 995 (3:07)
  • Check “Leave a copy of retrieved message on the server” (3:27)
  • Check “Always use a secure connection” (3:31)
  • Check “Label income messages” (2:33)
  • Enter the “from” name you want to use when sending emails (3:55)
  • Change SMTP server URL (4:18)
  • Change the Port number to 465 (4:41)
  • Check your email and verify your account (5:15)
  • Select “Reply from the same address the message was sent to” (6:01)
  • Learn about the “Check mail now” feature for delayed emails (6:15)
  • Change the “from” address when composing mail (7:01)
  • Learn about Inbox labels when receiving messages (7:21)

(I set up Gmail to send and receive emails from my new email address)


How do I updated my WordPress admin email?

Log into WordPress and go to Settings > General and edit the “Email Address” field. Click “Save” and check your email for the confirmation link. Your admin email won’t be changed until you click the confirmation link.

If you’re using a Gmail alias, it may take a few minutes for the confirmation email to be received (you can click the “Check email now” link to speed up this process as discussed in our video tutorial).

Your WordPress admin email will be the default email address used by WordPress and other plugins such as Elementor and WooCommerce. For example, when you create a contact form with Elementor, form submissions will be sent to the email address set in your WordPress admin.

Do I have to use Gmail?

No, you do not have to use Gmail.

If you want to use a different email client, you can set up those email clients using the configuration details in your SiteGround account. See our video tutorial in Step 1 to learn more.

The SiteGround help center inside of your SiteGround admin also has a lot of helpful documentation on setting this up.

Why not use G Suite instead of an alias in Gmail?

You are correct in assuming that G Suite is the official method, however, it costs $6/month and is not very easy to set up for beginners. For these reasons we chose to start with an alias. An alias is good enough when you’re just getting started and simpler for beginners to set up. As your business or personal website grows, you could consider moving over to G Suite, however, it is outside the scope of our tutorials.

I'm not receiving emails, how do I manually refresh my inbox?

For newly created aliases, Google might not check for incoming mail very frequently. If you are expecting a message, you can manually refresh your inbox by going to Settings > Accounts and Import > Check mail from other accounts > Check mail now.

Over time, Google will check for new mail more frequently as your email address receives more messages.

My Incoming Server and Outgoing Server settings are not working.

If the recommended Incoming Server and Outgoing Server settings shown in your SiteGround account are not working, try using your nameserver URLs instead.

For example, if your ns1 nameserver is then your mail configuration will be as follows:

Incoming Server (POP3):
Outgoing Server (SMTP):

Make sure to use the nameserver URLs shown in your SiteGround account, and not the URLs shown above.

You can find the nameservers for your website by logging into your SiteGround account and going to Websites > Site Tools. Your nameservers will be shown on the main Dashboard page.

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