Websites | 7. Creating an Email Address with Gmail and G-Suite for Business
In this section, we will learn how to set up your email address using G Suite and Gmail (for example: firstname.lastname@example.org) in an easy enough fashion.
Here are the quick steps to create an email address with Gmail and G-Suite. You can also refer to the detailed steps mentioned in the next section.
- G Suite starts with $5 per month per person on your team for a Basic account, with Gmail on your company’s domain and 30GB of storage per user.
- To set up your G-Suite account, you need to provide basic details like company name, number of employees in your company, company’s location for locale and billing purposes and current email address.
- You can then enter your current domain name, or search for a new domain name to use with G Suite if you don’t already have one. Google charges $12/year for .com domain names.
- Then, enter your name and an email address you want to use for yourself with your domain, along with a password for your new G Suite Google account. You’ll use this email address and password to log into any Google apps in the future.
- To add G-Suite users during setup, enter each of your team members’ names and the email address.
- To verify your domain name with G-Suite, you need to copy and paste the Meta tag (given by them) into Divi -> Theme Options -> Integrations -> and paste it into the box called “Add code to the < body > (good for tracking codes such as google analytics)” Or email it through to us to add into your website.
QUICK NOTE: We will do this step on our client’s behalf. Please email us at email@example.com.
Gmail has served your email needs for years, Google Docs helped you write your most crucial documents, and Google Hangouts let you chat over your ideas with colleagues. But now you’ve started a company and landed a shiny new domain name. It’s time to look professional and email from @yourdomain.com instead of @gmail.com.
You don’t have to leave Gmail—or any of the other Google Apps—behind, though. Instead, with G Suite, you can get all of Google’s productivity tools on your own domain. It’s the same Google Apps you love, with extra features to help your new team work together better.
All it takes is $5/month per team member, an hour or so to set things up, and perhaps a day for your domain’s email to start working.
Let’s dig in.
What Is G Suite?
Previously called Google Apps for Business, G Suite is the business version of everything Google offers.
Just as a Gmail account lets you use all of Google’s tools for your personal needs, a G Suite account gives you the business versions of the same tools with an email address that uses your company’s .com or other domain address. The online apps look and work the same, for the most part, with your company’s logo instead of Google’s logo in the apps. And for your company’s IT admins, G Suite comes with some extra G Suite sharing and management tools to help your team work together better and keep your data secure.
It’s one of the best ways to get email on your own domain, along with the rest of Google’s apps that’ll help your company members collaborate.
How Much Does G Suite Cost?
Gmail is famously free—as are most of Google’s consumer apps—with 15GB of storage for your emails and files. For business email and collaboration, though, you’ll need a paid G Suite account.
For most teams, G Suite costs $5 per month per person on your team for a Basic account. That’ll give you the full core Google apps experience you’d expect, with Gmail on your company’s domain and 30GB of storage per user. It also includes 24/7 online and phone support, along with core sharing and management tools such as team shared calendars and mobile device management with remote wipe.
Need more storage, archive and retention policies for emails, and audit reports to track what your team is doing in G Suite? The $10/month per user G Suite Business plan offers just that, with unlimited storage and archiving for every user.
Either way, you can start out for free with a 14-day trial while you’re setting things up, and then can choose the best plan for your team—or start out with Basic and upgrade to Business as your team’s needs grow.
Set Up Your G Suite Account
Ready to make your company’s G Suite account? Just click the Get Started button on the G Suite site. Enter your company name, and select the number of employees your company has. Don’t worry—you can always add more people as your team grows.
Then, select your company’s location for locale and billing purposes, and enter a current email address—perhaps the Gmail account you’re already using. That’s where Google will send your account info after you sign up.
You can then enter your current domain name, or search for a new domain name to use with G Suite if you don’t already have one. Google charges $12/year for .com domain names.
All that’s left is making your own G Suite account. Enter your name and an email address you want to use for yourself with your domain, along with a password for your new G Suite Google account. You’ll use this email address and password to log into any Google apps in the future.
Google will then give you a phone number to call a Google advisor and let them walk you through the steps of setting up your G Suite account. But it’s not that hard—so if you feel comfortable managing your domain name and website, you should be fine setting up G Suite on your own.
Click Next, and you’ll see the G Suite setup screen. It makes setting up the rest of your account as simple as filling out a Google Form.
Add G Suite Users During Setup
The first step is adding your team to G Suite. You can enter each of your team members’ names and the email address you want them to have on your domain. Or, if you want, you can bulk-add them anytime later from G Suite’s admin settings.
Either way, check the I added all current users box, and G Suite will show you a template email that it’ll send to each new user. You’ll need to add each of their current email addresses so Google can send them the info.
Tip: Google will immediately send the notification emails to your team, though your custom email addresses won’t work just yet. You’ll likely need to wait another day or so before relying on your new email addresses.
Verify Your Domain Name with G Suite
You’re almost done. All that’s left now is to verify your domain name and set your DNS server to send your company’s emails to G Suite’s Gmail.
To verify your domain name- you need to copy and paste the Meta tag into Divi -> Theme Options -> Integrations -> and paste it into the box called “Add code to the < body > (good for tracking codes such as google analytics)” Or email it through to us to add into your website.
QUICK NOTE: We will do this step (mentioned below) on our client’s behalf. Normally we will have this done already, but if it’s not loading them up, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then, you’ll have to tweak your DNS settings to get Gmail emails on your domain—and you can add an extra record to verify your domain at the same time if you’d rather not add a new meta tag to your site. For that, go to your domain name registrar, hosting account, or server settings, and find your domain name settings. In Digital Ocean, for example, you’ll find the DNS settings under the Networking options. With many shared or VPS hosts, you’ll use cPanel to manage your site—and it has a dedicated DNS settings page.
Either way, add the DNS settings Google shows in your G Suite setup page, and save the changes. You can then tell Google to verify your domain, and it’ll start doing that—with an hour timer counting down until your account is ready.
Note: DNS changes can take up to a day to propagate through the internet, so you might want to wait a day or so before you start relying on your new email address.
Manage Your New G Suite Account
And that’s it—your team now has Gmail accounts on your own domain, along with all of Google’s other great apps. If you’ve already added your team members, you could stop right here. G Suite will keep your team’s Gmail, Google Drive, and more running without you ever needing to tweak anything.
If you would like to tweak your team’s settings and customize G Suite for your team, though, just login to G Suite Admin with your new company email address. The Profile settings are what you’ll want to check first—that’s where you can set your company name, language, time zone, and other locale settings. You can also upload your company logo to replace Google’s logo in each of Google’s apps—as our team has done.
Add More Users to Your Account
Still need to add team members to your G Suite account? You’ll find a link to do just that on your G Suite admin homepage—or can open the Users settings page to add users from there. Either way, you can add people individually, just as you would during the initial setup.
The best option, though, is to bulk add users. Google includes a spreadsheet file that you can download and add all of your users’ names, email addresses, and other contact info at once. Save that file, then re-upload it to G Suite admin—and in a few minutes, Google can add as many people to your team as you need.
New users will be standard, non-admin users by default. If you want to add other admin users that can help you manage G Suites, just open your G Suite User settings and select the team member you want to make an admin. Click Show More on their settings page, select Admin Roles, then click Manage Roles. There, you can set them to be an admin, with the account rights you need their account to have.