For using our custom email address with the domain that we registered, you must first configure the domain's name server to point to the web hosting space if it is not doing so already. Once, the domain & web hosting is configured, proceed.
- Create your email address(es)
- Set up email forwarding to receive mails on your primary email
- Configure the email with clients such as Outlook, Thunderbird or mobile emails
Create email addresses
To create and use your own branded email address in HostGator, please follow these steps.
- Log in to your web hosting cPanel, which can be accessed via http://YourDomainName.com/cpanel (where YourDomainName.com represents your domain). You will have to use the login details received in web hosting confirmation/welcome email.
- Locate the Email Accounts icon and click on it. In the resulting page, choose the desired email address by typing the first part of the email address and selecting the right domain name. Make sure to choose a strong password or generate using the tool. Save the email password safely.
- Access your email using the cPanel -> Email Accounts -> More -> Access Email. Alternatively, you can check your email at http://YourDomainName.com/webmail using the email and password that you created.
Forward emails to your primary address
If you have to check the emails received on this new address daily, it might become cumbersome with multiple websites. One of the solutions is to forward all emails received on the new address to your primary address.
- Log in to your web hosting cPanel. In the Mail section, click on the Forwarders icon.
- On the next page, you will find a button with "Add Forwarder" link.
- Click on the Add Forwarder button and add the email address along with the primary email where all mails should be sent.
Important: Forwarding an email address to your primary email address leaves a copy of the email on the server. This means your emails keep consuming up more space with time. You will have to manually delete the emails by logging in to the account using the WebMail option or via cPanel. To avoid this issue, you can use email clients or web platforms such as Gmail to fetch mails via POP or IMAP protocols.
Configure email clients to access mails
You can use email clients such as Outlook, Thunderbird or your smartphone's email client to directly check your emails on the new email with your domain.
Go to your hosting cPanel. Click on the Email Accounts icon in the Mail section. You can find the details for setting up email clients in the email list, under the More button link. Click on the Configure Email Client link to get all the necessary information. Use it to configure the email client of your choice. You can also connect your Gmail account to your branded domain email.