How to Create Your Own Email With a Custom Domain Name

By Maya Austen

Obtaining an email address is easy. Companies like AOL, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft which provide web-based services offer free email accounts. Go to any of their websites, click "sign up," select a username, create a password, perform an image challenge and you have an email address. But when you create an account with one of these free service providers, your email address will have that company's domain name. If you want an email address which has its own unique domain, there's a cost involved. The expense is nominal, however and is especially well worth it if the account is for business purposes.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • Credit card for fee payments

Step 1

Come up with a domain name for your email address. A domain name is simply a type of identifier used to specify a location (i.e. a particular file group in a web server) in cyberspace. The domain name is what follows the "@" symbol in your email address. For instance, if your email address were, "Mike" would be the username and "" would be the domain name. Along with email addresses, domains are used to identify website addresses. And while you do not have to create a website for your domain name (you can use it exclusively for email purposes) if you're creating this account for business purposes you should consider the possibility that you may eventually want to create a website with this domain name. So as you select your domain name keep this possibility in mind.

Step 2

Check to see if the domain name you've chosen is indeed available for registration. Use the "Check Domain" resource link provided in this article. If the domain name you've selected is not available, choose another one.

Step 3

Register your domain name. After checking your domain name, if the name you've selected is indeed available you will be given the option to register it. Fees for registering a domain name generally range from $5 to $10 annually depending upon the company you choose to register through.

Step 4

Sign up with an email hosting service which offers an outsourced email system (links to a couple of such services have been provided in the resource section of this article). The cost of such a service is generally under $40 per year. Creating an account with this type of service allows you to use your registered domain name for your email account(s).