Every site owner would like to have an e-mail address of the form [email protected] , but not everybody is satisfied with the meager mail capabilities on virtual hosting. However, there is a way to receive and send email messages from your domain using the capabilities and interface of Yandex and Google email services. Now we will learn how to do it.

Yandex

To begin with, you can elementarily redirect mail from your domain to an existing Yandex. Mail account using the special service “Mail collection” from the Yandex command (available in the mail interface menu). Thus, you can receive incoming messages using Yandex, without performing any unnecessary actions. You can even configure sending emails from your domain, but this method has a big drawback – Yandex will work through an intermediary – your hosting provider. This means that the incoming letter may be lost / not accepted by the hosting provider and therefore will not be displayed in Yandex mail. This can occur, for example, as a consequence of the low uptime of the mail server or by hitting it in the list of spam servers.

If you want to tie Yandex directly to your domain, then you need to perform several actions: 

1. First, find the Mail for Domain menu among the general list of Yandex services (or simply follow the link https://pdd.yandex.ru/domains_add )

2. Then enter the domain name from which you plan to collect and send mail in the @ yourdomain.ru field and click the “Connect domain” button. Please note that you can use a domain in any zone (.com, .org, .net, etc.), and not just in the .ru zone. 

3. Upon completion of the automatic verification (which “may take a long time,” but usually takes less than a minute), you will need to configure the MX records of the domain name and confirm that you are the owner. By the way, for further steps you should have access to your domain’s DNS control panel . Usually it is provided by the domain registrar, but sometimes these records can be changed through an intermediary – your hosting provider (if the domain was acquired through it).

If you plan to use the domain only for mail – the easiest way is to delegate the domain to Yandex . This will cut the next steps. Just change the primary and secondary DNS server of your domain to “dns1.yandex.net” and “dns2.yandex.net” respectively. After this procedure, Yandex will manage all the resource records of your domain (this phrase should not frighten, because in any case, someone should “manage” them and Yandex in this role seems to me the most reliable option). 

If you do not want to delegate a domain to Yandex servers, then you will have to take a few additional steps: 

Step 1 You
need to confirm the right of ownership of the domain name. There are 3 ways to do this.

The first way. We create an html file — you can use any text editor for this, by copying the confirmation code to it and saving it under the name indicated in the Yandex instructions. Then we add it (for example, via FTP) to the root directory of your site with the selected domain and click the “Confirm domain ownership” button. 

If the verification is successful, Step 1 disappears and the message “We are waiting for the installation of MX records” appears ( Step 2 , see below).

The second way. Suitable for domains where the site has not yet been created or is not configured, or a hosting provider is not selected. In this case, in the registrar’s personal account or hosting provider, open the section “DNS record changes” and add a CName record of the form mail.yandex.rufor the new yamail-xxxxxxxxxxxxx subdomain , copying it from the Yandex instructions. 

Updating changes by the registrar may take some time. When finished, click the “Confirm domain ownership” button. If the verification is successful, Step 1disappears and the message “We are waiting for the installation of MX records” appears. You can proceed to Step 2 . 

The third way.This method is no more complicated than the previous two – it is enough to change the registrar’s contact address of your domain (the one that is displayed in whois) to the address specified by Yandex. The method is not suitable for each registrar, so dwell on it in detail will not – in principle, so everything is clear. 

Step 2
At this stage, you need to add a new MX record with the parameters specified in the Yandex instructions. This is done in the personal account of the registrar or hosting provider. When finished, click the “Check MX records” button – the message “Domain connected and delegated to Yandex” will appear. That’s all – setting up the records is complete, it remains to specify the name and password of the mailbox.

Done! You can send and receive mail from your domain through the web interface and Yandex mobile applications, taking full advantage of the system.

Google

Google, as noted by many netizens, is “spoiled”. In other words, he transferred a significant part of his services to a commercial basis. The Corporate Mail service, which allows you to connect your domain to the Google mail service, has been combined with other business tools into a single set of Apps for Work . Now, in order to use the mail for the domain, you have to pay: $ 5 or $ 10 per month – depending on the amount of options included in the application package.

Mail at the price of quite decent hosting is not uncommon. Especially, if in addition you get a whole set of popular tools and a considerable (1TB) amount of space on external servers for data storage. In fact, companies are ready to lay out much money for modern online services, their convenience and safety. But for the average user, of course, a much more economical and simple option is a similar service from Yandex.

In a nutshell, let’s talk about the algorithm for verifying the domain and setting up Google’s mail. In fact, it is not much different from the same on Yandex. You need to add a Google meta tag to the main page of your site and add new MX records from the registrar. After that, click “Check domain and email settings” and, if you successfully confirm and pay for the product, you can use your email domain from the web interface and Google mobile applications.

Well, for free, you can set up redirection of incoming mail to your Google Mailbox from Settings> Accounts and import> Import mail and contacts / Check mail from other accounts (using POP3) .