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Creating a Business E-mail Address


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Webslinger64

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I hope this is the right forum to post this inquiry and I apologize in advance for my naivety on the matter.
I am self employed and for years have used an e-mail address for business purposes that is just an additional e-mail account on my Comcast service. I have never liked the idea that my business e-mail address ended in "@comcast.net" However, I have been too lazy during that time to look into any other options.
So, here goes. I am interested in creating a business e-mail address that would reflect the name of my company. As an example, lets say that my business name was "Pacific Tuna Fish Inc.," and I wanted an e-mail address for the company, or myself, that ended in "@pacifictunafish.com", how would I go about doing that and setting it up? Do I have to purchase a domain name in order to do so, and if I do, am I required to have a website associated with the name? I don't need a website, just an e-mail that reflects my business name.
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You would need to purchase the domain name in question, so using your example, you would purchase www.pacifictunafish.com. Bundled with the domain name purchase would be a block of user configurable email address. So you could have admin@pacifictunafish.com, billing@pacifictunafish.com, webmaster@pacifictunafish.com, etc.

You do not have to create a website to go along with your domain name purchase, but it's something you could do in the future if you wanted. I decided to create one, but didn't have the time until about a month after purchasing and setting up my email addresses. If you don't set up a website, you'll just get the "Domain parked" message when navigating to www.pacifictunafish.com

I would suggest paying the extra couple dollars for an IMAP account, as opposed to the default POP3. I'm not sure if you are aware of the differences, but IMAP allows all your devices to stay in sync with each other. For example, I get my email on my PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad. With POP3 accounts, you have to delete the email on all devices. With IMAP, you can delete it on one device and it is automatically deleted on all your other devices. But then again, if you only get your email on your PC, you might not want to pay the extra money for the upgrade.

Edited by Spyderturbo007, 04 November 2010 - 09:36 AM.

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If you get a good paid hosting with the domain name you want, you should be able to set up as many pop3 email accounts as you wish. One can be the main email address and the others could be used to have people email you to webmaster@blah.com, admin@blah.com and so on. I use this scheme so I can filter the emails.

This may help:

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Looks like I've got some reading to do :D

Really, the whole process doesn't appear to be as complicated as I thought, but the resources provided will help me make a decision that is thought through. I like the idea of an IMAP account vs. POP3. Great tip.

Thanks for getting me started ;)
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It's actually a piece of cake. I think the hardest part for me was giving them my credit card number to make the purchase. :D Almost all the hosting services have FAQ's that guide you through the email setup process both online and on your devices. I know some people hate GoDaddy, but that's who I used.

Here is their FAQ on how to set up the email address once you purchase the domain name if you want an idea of what it takes to get going.
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I hear you on the credit card. I believe I should be able to use PayPal to set this up. I prefer doing much of my online purchasing with PayPal. Thanks for the FAQ.
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If you don't like PayPal, there are other Payment gateways:

Payment Gateways:

6 Payment Gateways Reviewed: http://www.sitepoint...se-is-gateways/
Ecommerce Payment Gateway Primer: http://www.websitepu...ayment-gateway/
What You Should Ask A Payment Gateway Provider: http://michellenewma...teway-provider/

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Thanks for those suggestions :D
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You're very welcome. Good luck.
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