Saturday, July 03, 2010

You are what your email id is!

Source - The Oatmeal

The image above may be taken in humor but this is very true. I still get shocked when I meet with media and marketing people who get surprised with the fact that my mail id is "". 

Getting your own domain is a clear message that you are not only tech savvy but also that you are cognizant of "personal branding". 

Here is how to get your custom domain in Following steps steps - 

1. Go to and book a domain of your choice - lets say you buy

2. The best service to have your custom domain is no doubt from Google - Here - Log on to the Google Apps and register your domain 

3. You will have to verify that you are the owner of the domain 

 (- I recommend changing CNAME changing)

3. Change CNAME records to verify your ownership. here is how to go about changing your CNAME via Godaddy. Logon to Godaddy and go to your domains> Select the domain that you want to change>On the dahsboard - go to "Total DNS" settings - A new page will open where you can "Add a CNAME record"

Go back to the Google Apps window and select CONTINUE after selecting option for changing the CNAME. 

Go back to the Go Daddy > Add a CNAME Record  - you will have to put a strange array of strings generated from Google Apps in HOST and Point this to Once done, this would verify to Google that you own the domain.

4. After verifying to Google that you own the domain - go back to the Dashboard in Google Apps and you are ready to set up your own mail domain. 

5. For setting up the email , you will have to change MX records on Godaddy for your domain and verify.

Steps for MX Records (Source - Google Apps)

  1. Log in to your account at

  2. Open the Domains tab and select My Domain Names. You'll be directed to the Manage Domains page.

  3. Click the domain that you'd like to use with Google Apps.

  4. From the Domain Details panel along the right, select the + icon under the Total DNS Control list item. A sub-list will appear.

  5. Click the entry titled Total DNS Control And MX Records. The Manage MX Records, and DNS Zone File panel will appear.

  6. Click Launch Total DNS Control Manager. The DNS Manager window will appear.

  7. Clear all existing MX Records by clicking Delete.

  8. Click OK in the confirmation dialogue box.

  9. Once you've deleted all existing records, click Add New MX Record. The MX (Mail Exchangers) Record Wizard will appear.

  10. For each MX Record, enter information according to the data in the table below:
    • For the Select the Priority Value drop-down menu, enter the priority value.
    • For Enter a Host Name, leave the default setting to @.
    • For Enter Goes To Address enter the Google server name in the table below. Be sure to include the trailing dot at the end of each record.
    • For the Select TTL Value drop-down menu, enter 1 Week. This will appear as 604800 seconds within the DNS system.
    PriorityValueHostNameGoes To Address (Mail Server)TTL Value
    10@ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.1 week
    20@ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.1 week
    30@ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.1 week

  11. Click Continue.

  12. Click Add to confirm each entry. The DNS Manager main page will reappear when you've finished.

Once done, Google will give you a brand new shining email like - to flaunt.

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