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Day 1: Set Up Your Website

How To Create An Email Address And Gmail Alias

Action Plan

Step 1: Create An Email Address In SiteGround


Complete The Following Tasks

Create an email address in your SiteGround control panel.
Log into your SiteGround control panel and in the Site Tools section go to Email > Accounts. Choose your new email address and password and click Create.
Adjust the mailbox quota to 2000MB.
Scroll down to Manage Email Accounts and next to your new email address, click the three-button kebab menu in the Actions column and click Change Quota. Slide the quota to 2000MB and click Confirm.
Configure your email client (or skip this step and watch the Gmail alias video tutorial below).
In the Manage Email Accounts box, click the three-button kebab menu in the Actions column and click Mail Configuration. Select Manual Settings to find all of the necessary settings needed to configure your email client.

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

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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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.

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


Complete The Following Tasks

Create a Gmail alias for your new email address (please watch our video tutorial below for this step).
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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.

FAQ


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.

How do I set up my mail account on my computer or phone?

Check the following support docs by SiteGround to add your new email accounts to your desktop mail software or mobile mail app (iPhone/Android).

I'm not receiving emails, how do I manually refresh my Gmail 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 ns1.giow1001.siteground.us then your mail configuration will be as follows:

Incoming Server (POP3): giow1001.siteground.us
Outgoing Server (SMTP): giow1001.siteground.us

Warning: 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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