Connecting Personal Domain eMail to Gmail

imgresPersonal web domains have become increasingly accessible to individuals and families.  And they're a good idea for a couple of reasons.

First, they provide an attractive way to avoid using the email address provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).  For instance if your ISP is Acme Internet, your address is going to be something like

If you ever change your service provider, which you may have to if you move or find a better offer, you will lose your email address, so it's best not to be dependent on your ISP for your email address. Your ISP will have an email address reserved for you, but there's no requirement that you use it. (Just make sure of you don't use it on a regular basis that they have a working email for you, or forward your ISP email to your new address.  You don't ever want to miss important communications from your ISP!)

The second is pure vanity.  No email address is going to be easier to remember than  Or perhaps you want something that reflects your interests, like Whatever, fill your boots! (If you want to have a blog or website connected to your domain you can do that easily, but that's another topic.)

Now the easiest way escape the clutches of your ISP is to simply create a Gmail account and use that, which is a perfectly reasonable solution. It's fast, easy and free. If that meets your needs, stop here and hop on over to to create your new address.

But if you've decided to dip your toe in the water and register your domain – or if you've already registered one – read on.

In this article I'll recommend the services of and, which I've used for years and had no problems with.  I have no vested interest in recommending them. The procedures I describe are based upon those services, but your providers may have slightly different ways of doing things.

Incidentally, I prefer to rely on Gmail rather than the sometimes proprietary email systems of web hosts, ISPs and domain registrars, so I'll describe how to work with Gmail in this article.  You'll probably find that other mail providers and domain registrars work in similar ways.

There are a number of basic steps to follow, which I'll go into in more detail below, but in summary you'll need to:

  • Select an available domain name
  • Register the domain
  • Create a routing account in Gmail
  • Create a forwarding address or mailmap on the domain registrar's website
  • Test the mail forwarding
  • Configure Gmail to show your new address as the from and Reply To address

 Choose and Register your Domain

Well this bit's easy.  Take a little side trip to – run by – and see if the domain you want is available.  Why do I recommend Well, for one I've used them for years and had no problems. The other reason is that they commit to not frontrunning, which is a sneaky little trick in which a domain registrar will actually put a hold on the available domain you're inquiring about and offer to sell it to you at an inflated price.

Once you've chosen an available domain, you'll need to register it with a domain registrar.  I've used for years, have been happy with the service, and never had any problems.  Never, ever, ever let your contact information with the registrar lapse.  If you miss a reminder or other important information from them you can lose your domain, and once lost it may well be impossible to get it back. Ever. Enough said on that topic.

Create Gmail address as a Routing Address

A quick trip to will set this up.  My practice is to incorporate the eventual address into the Gmail address.  If my domain email address is, then my Gmail routing address would be

Create forwarding address to receive inbound mail

Within the EasyDNS control panel, set up a mailmap to forward messages destined for to  The messages will not be stored at EasyDNS, they'll simply be forwarded to Gmail.

Confirm email received at Gmail

Once this is set up, send an email to and look for it in the mailbox.  (By now you've figured out that I'm using as an example.  Substitute what ever applies to your situation.)  You may need to wait a little while for it to soak in, it may work within a few minutes but don't email support unless it doesn't work for a few hours.

Confirm send as

In the Settings > Accounts and Import page of the account on Gmail, locate the Send mail as: section.  Use this to add the address and make it the default. (If you choose to use the EasyDNS SMTP server, this is where you will provide the information.  Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is used to transfer email between servers around the Internet.)

Now all the emails you send from this address will appear to the recipient be sent from, not

Set up on iPhone or other Smartphone

Set up the mail account on your phone as an IMAP account. The parameters below can only be a rough guide, there may be variances.

  • Incoming mail server:  Username: with whatever password you have used.
  • Outgoing mail server: Use SSL: On Username: with whatever password you have used. Server Port: 587.


You should be done.

Send mail to and from your new account and ensure that the message is received and the outbound messages come from rather than

NOTE: If recipients are seeing a from line like " on behalf of" you may need to tweak the configurations or look at outbound services provided by


Fix GMail Incorrect Password Error on iPhone

imgresOccasionally GMail will stop sending or receiving mail claiming your password is wrong;

"The user name or password for is incorrect"

You're positive the password is correct, but that's no help.

To fix this:

  1. Log out of all clients – mobile, desktop, app, browser etc. – that are logged into the GMail account.
  2. Open Safari on the affected iPhone and go to
  3. Enter your GMail address and password.
  4. Open the mail app, mail should flow properly now.

For some useful comments on this issue, see


Note: Is your outbound mail configuration in GMail/EasyDNS messed up?

See Outbound Mail on EasyDNS with GMail.



eMail iPhone

Can't Log In to Gmail on an iPad or iPhone

Can't log into your Goggle or Gmail account on an iPhone or iPad?

It could be the your 2-Step-Verification that's causing a "Password Incorrect" error when logging into Gmail, etc.

To fix this, you'll need to visit the Google App Password generator to get a one-time password that will authorize the device.  After that you can use your normal password.

  1.  Log into Google with the relevant account.
  2. Go to
  3. Select the App and the device you want to generate the app password for, then click GENERATE.
  4. Follow the instructions provided with the generated password that appears. Once you've entered the 16 character one-time password your email will be enabled on that device.