How to use email forwarding to create an email address with your domain name


You don’t need a hosting plan to have a custom email address using your own domain name. If you’ve registered a domain, you can create an email address by using name.com’s free email forwarding service.* Here’s how:

*Note that this is a forwarding service, and not a new email inbox. Replies will come from the email address you forwarded your email to, rather than the address you created with your domain.

1. Log in to your name.com account and select a domain

I’m going to set up an email address using ethanconley.com. I’m not using this domain for a website at the moment, and there’s no hosting plan associated with it, but I can still use the domain to create an email address.

To get started, I’ll click on the domain name to move on to the settings for the selected domain.

1---Choose-domain

2. Click on “Email Services”

The “Email Services” link is the last item in the menu located on the left side of the domain settings page.

2-Domain-settings

3. Enable email services

Once you arrive at the email services page, click the “Enable Email Services for [yourdomain]” link.

3---Enable-email-services

4. Create your email address and choose a forwarding address

Once you enable email services, you’ll be taken to a form where you can create the email address for your domain name.

  • The field on the left is the email address you’re creating for your domain. In this case, I’m creating ethan@ethanconley.com.
  • The field on the right is for an existing address where you’ll receive the messages sent to your new address. So I’m creating ethan@ethanconley.com, and all mail sent to that address will arrive in an existing inbox (e.g. your Gmail or Outlook inbox).

After you’ve chosen your new address and entered the forwarding address, just click the Submit button.

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That’s it!

You now have a custom email address to go with your domain name, and it didn’t cost a dime. It can take up to 24 hours for email service changes to take effect, but it only took about one hour for me.

If you ever want to change or disable your email forwarding, simply return to the email services settings for your domain name.

For information on how to set up hosted email accounts at name.com, click here.




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  • Guest

    And how can I answer from such a forwarded address? It doesn’t make sense to answer an email sent to xy@mydomain.com from xy@hotmail.com. This would not leave a good impression, and also confuse the recipient. Hotmail for example allows “send as” but in setting up they require smtp or some such servers (what you also need to enter when configuring Thunderbird). Where can I find these from name.com?

    • akehr

      Forwarding acts like a one way street. Meaning that messages forwarded arrive at your personal gmail/hotmail/yahoo etc… but when you respond… it will not have the forwarded alias. This is because its not a real email address inbox. If you want to send email from your domain name, we just released a new email product that you can check out here: http://name.com/email

  • Kevin Bandy

    Can you create a wildcard forward?

    I want to send *@mydomain.com (or .+@mydomain.com for the regex peeps) to myotheremailaddy@gmail.com

    I tried `*` and empty string and both kicked back as no email found.

    • akehr

      Hey Kevin,
      You can’t create a wildcard forward, but you can create a wildcard with our new email product: http://name.com/email.

      • Kevin Bandy

        That’s a shame. That’s prohibitively expensive for just a forward. (since I don’t need the full set of features I would be paying for) Any consideration of moving this to an included feature?