How to Create a .com Email Address

By Faizah Imani

When operating your own business, certainly you want to leave a great and lasting impression on your clients. Having your own .com email address is one way to go about doing so. By creating your own .com email address, your business will portray a level of excellence and seriousness that cannot be obtained when using free Internet email accounts. Your own .com email address will make your business stand out among all of the competition.

Step 1

Brainstorm to come up with a preferred domain name for your email address. The domain name is everything that follows the "@." Think of alternative domain names as well, just in case your first choice is unavailable. Try to think of names that are relevant to your business. By doing so, it will make it easier for your customers to remember your email address. For example, if your business name is "Beth's Sweet Potato Pies," your domain name choices could be or, instead of

Step 2

Visit a website that will allow you to purchase and register a domain name for your email address. Domain names average around $7 to $10 yearly on hosting services such as NetFirms and GoDaddy.

Step 3

Search for your desired email domain name. If your first choice is available, choose it. If it isn't available, search to see if any of your alternatives are available. Purchase the domain name when you have found one to suit your taste.

Step 4

Purchase an email hosting account. When purchasing an email hosting account, it is important to ask questions to ensure that the email hosting company can meet the requirements for your company. For example, do they have 24/7 technical support? Do they have backup mail servers in case something goes wrong with the primary server? How many email addresses do they allow you to create? A few of the online email hosting companies include User Mail, Fuse Mail and GoDaddy.

Step 5

Log into your email hosting account and create your .com email addresses. If you have a large company, you can make your email addresses "department specific." For example, and You can also create email addresses for each individual employee, such as

Step 6

Access your .com email through the hosting company's "Web Mail" feature if the feature is available. If there is no Web Mail feature available, you can set up your new .com email address in your own email client, such as Outlook or Entourage. Although the wording will slightly vary, depending upon your email client, you can, typically, click on the "Tools" option and select "Accounts" to begin setting up your new account. When setting up your email account in your own email client, you will need the incoming and outgoing mail server settings from your hosting company, along with your user name and password.