One of the main benefits of having your own domain name and hosting package is the ability to have your own branded email id. Most hosting packages available with any reputed hosting firm such as Hostgator, Dreamhost or GoDaddy, come with bundled email packages. Depending on the package you choose, you may be entitled to few or even unlimited email ids that can be created for your domain.
Assuming that you have booked a hosting package, we look at some quick and simple steps to set-up your own email account through the CPanel interface of your hosting package. CPanel is among the most popular hosting control panel applications, which is provided by most preferred web hosting providers.
Steps to create new email accounts in cPanel
Log on to your CPanel account: Logging in to the cPanel back-end of your website is simple. You will need to type <your website>/cpanel in the Address bar of your web browser and press Enter. Assuming the name of your website is mywebsite.com, the cPanel address for the site would be http://www.mywebsite.com/cpanel
Once you do that you will see a pop-up, prompting you for the administrator login and password, for your website. The login id and password for your website is usually the same that is provided while you register for the hosting account. This information is also sent to you in a separate email after your Web hosting provider activates your hosting account.
Email account setup: Once you log in to cPanel, you will see a dashboard with a whole lot of controls associated with your web hosting account. Among these, you will need to look for and click an option named – “Email Accounts”
Creating and configuring an email ID: Next, you will see a screen wherein you can create an email ID for any domain that is mapped to your hosting account—there may be times where you may have more than one domain on the same hosting space.
When you create the email account from this screen, make sure that you enter a strong password. In addition to mandatory fields, you also have a provision to specify the maximum size of the mailbox that you wish to have for each user. This is quite useful when you need to divide limited storage space on the hosting server among multiple users.
Accessing email ids created in cPanel
Among the preferred ways to access customized email ids is through an email client such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. cPanel also provides a variety of webmail options through webmail clients such as SquirrelMail resting within its framework.
For websites controlled by cPanel, Webmail is usually available through a standard URL format which reads as: webmail.mywebsite.com
Efficient email management is one of the excellent and proven features of cPanel. As seen from this article, setting up email ids through cPanel is simple through a series of simple and logical steps.