Get your very own custom email address for free

email_icon_by_bisiobisioAnyone know when e-mail was invented? I don’t >.>’. Did Al Gore invent it? Who cares. The point is (actually it really isn’t the point…I am just trying to be funny) that email is wide spread across the globe and is used by the poor, the rich, and everything in between. Why use snail mail when you can use e-mail (does that rhyme?). In the early days e-mail was typically provided to you by your ISP such as AOL (@aol.com – remember those?). Now e-mails are more popularly used via third party services such as Gmail or Hotmail. It is nice to have a custom and unique whateveryouwant@gmail.com or whateveryouwant@hotmail.com or [insert email here] because it allows us to not only communicate with other people across the world, but also build an online identity. However what if you could have your own custom email. Not just have your own custom email, but get it for free? A ha, I knew that would catch your attention.

Today I am here to tell you about how you can get your very own custom email address for free. Unfortunately, the only way to do this for free is to have a whateveryouwant@whateveryouwant.co.cc email address instead of a whateveryouwant@whateveryouwant.com email address. However that is still better then a generic whateveryouwant@gmail.com or whateveryouwant@hotmail.com. Am I right or am I right? Okay if you are ready to take the plunge.

Update: CO.CC is no longer operating. However, you can still try to get your own free custom email address from CZ.CC.

In order to get your own custom e-mail address first visit CO.CC and register your desired domain:

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Three things to note:

  1. Not all CO.CC domains will be free. Some may cost money while others will not. For example: dottech.co.cc was free while helloworld.co.cc cost me $4 a year. If you search for a domain and the result shows that you must pay for it, simply search for a different domain name.
  2. You can only have four free domains per account. I assume that if you create a new account you can register four more free domains, but I am not sure if that it is “legal” to create multiple accounts or not.
  3. Every CO.CC domain comes with a CC.CC domain. While the CO.CC is fully customizable to your needs, the CC.CC is specific to being a “web store” and you cannot change that.
  4. Whatever domain you register is what your email address will be.

Update: You can now keep CO.CC domains for free forever if it is for personal use.

After you have registered your domain from CO.CC, go to Google Apps and click on “Get Started”:

***Note: You can use Google Apps for free with any domain (.COM, .NET, .ORG, etc.). The only problem is you won’t find a free .COM or .NET or .ORG or any other domain to use with Google Apps. This is why you must stick to a .CO.CC domain if you don’t want to pay anything. Don’t worry – a .CO.CC domain is similar to a .COM, .NET, .ORG or any other domain.

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In the page that loads after you hit “Get Started”, select “Administrator: I own the domain”, type in the domain that you just registered from CO.CC and hit “Get Started”:

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At the next page you will be asked to fill in some information about yourself. Fill out all the “Required” fields (you can also fill out the extra fields if you want) and hit “Continue”:

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At the next page you will have to setup your administrator email account. Fill out all the “Required” fields as you find appropiate and hit “I accept. Continue with setup”:

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After you have hit “I accept. Continue with setup” you are done creating your free Google Apps account with Google. However you still need to active the email service and verify that you own the domain that you signed up with. At the admin panel (the page you are brought to after you hit “I accept. Continue with setup”) click on “Verify domain ownership”:

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At the next page there will be a drop down menu. Click on the drop down menu and select “Change your CNAME record”. You should then see four step directions show up on your screen. Look at number two. There should be a string of characters in bold something like google23dbs35567:

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Highlight that string and copy it. Open a new browser tab/window and go back to CO.CC. Click on “Domain Settings” (it is located at the top of your webpage) and login. Click on the name of the domain you used for Google Apps:

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At the next window click on “Setup”:

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At the next page you will be given three options: “Manage DNS”, “Zone Records”, and “URL Forwarding”. Click on “URL Forwarding”. Once you click on “URL Forwarding” fill in the “Redirect to (URL)” text field with “google.com” (without the quotes) and fill in the “Page Title” with “Google Redirect” (without the quotes). After that, there should be a checkbox next to a line that says “Google Apps Email Setup”. Check that box. Paste in the text you copied earlier in the “CNAME Record” box that appears. Hit the “Set up” button:

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Hit “OK” at the confirmation page that tells you your changes were made. Go back to the tab/window where you have the Google Apps page open (if you don’t have the tab/window anymore, log back in and go to the “Verify domain ownership” page again). Now hit the “Verify” button. You will be brought back to the Google Apps admin panel. Click on “Activate email”:

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The next page that comes up gives you instructions on how to setup your domain to work with your email. Don’t worry about them – we have already taken care of it. Just go to the bottom of the page and click on “I have completed these steps”:

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That is it. You are done. Congratulations you now have your own custom email address! All you have to do is wait until Google verifies your domain and sets up your email. They say it can take upto 48 hours but mine was setup within an hour or two. You will know that your domain was verified and your email was setup when you don’t see the “Verify domain ownership” or “Activate email” links at the Admin panel anymore.

Once your email is setup, you can access it by going to http://mail.google.com/a/yourdomainname.co.cc. For example, for me it would be http://mail.google.com/a/dottech.co.cc. Your email will work like any other Gmail account. If you would like to create more then one @yourdomainname.co.cc email address you will need to login to the Admin panel at http://google.com/a/yourdomainname.co.cc and click on “Create new users”. You can have up to 50 users.

Now go and enjoy your new email address and let me know if you have any problems :)

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  3. Osas

    Fellows…it doesn’t work anymore. I tried logging into an account i had there but was told the account had been cancelled. I had to use a real domain i purchased. I guess Google doesn’t want double dots on domains….

  4. nemo

    Doesn’t work anymore. My brother, myself, and my wife all tried to do this, but Google prevents the account as a protection against possible spam. Apparently no way to appeal or anything. I use to love Google. but lately it’s been waning.

  5. Lucas

    Hi Ashraf,

    Great Article!

    Just thought I’d reply here and let you know that’s exactly what I’ve set up a company to help people do – namely help people get a professional email address with the power of Google using their GoogleApps (GMail for Business) offering. We’re called “Your Cloud Specialist” and you can visit our site here:http://yourcloudspecialist.com.
    Only ongoing cost is your domain name (which is next to nothing). Just in case you decide you want a hand setting it up…

    Regards,
    Lucas

  6. Matt

    i tried this. got to google apps and put in my domain and clicked get started and nothing happened. although there was no check bot to say i was administrator- it just had a box for your domain and then said underneath “Ia lready own this domain” or something.

    So yeah nothing happened when i clicked get the button. no loading nothing, what am i doing wrong?

  7. Jamee

    Uhm guys I got another solution.. When doing the CNAME stuff just go to alternate methods. the 3rd method is the one to use. Go to other. And copy the code it gives you. Go back to the co.cc website and use URL Forwarding, but don’t use the cname, use the other one and paste the code there. Click Set up then Ok. Then click verify on google. You should be done. You can go to your inbox (Upper right of your screen) and your done. Your welcome :). (P.S. I’m remembering this so I might be a little off, but this will still work :) lol)

  8. Phil

    @Steve
    The CNAME Part is the issue, with the updated Google web page. Just trying to remember what I did. I ended up saving the downloaded file from google, then opened it with word pad or note pad, then cut and pasted the google sring from that and pasted it in as above. I would cut and past it in here but having issues with CO.CC account, it isn’t seeing my account… Try doing that, let me know, while I see what the issue is with my username and password…

  9. marie

    I am soooo confused. I tried three different verification methods and none of them work. I always get “We weren’t able to verify your site: _______________” and yet I’ve done everything I was supposed to (I think). There is no option for CNAME change in a drop-down menu, but I tried the other options. None of them seem to pan out.

  10. Phil

    Hey Mate, Thanks for great work. But maybe they have changed it now. I can’t get the drop down box to change CNAME, hence can’t get the google…………….. part to cut and paste in. So I can’t verify… Please help.
    Regards
    Phil

  11. Paul

    Ok man, I need some help here. Clicked on domain settings & logged in (after following all other instructions ofcourse) and yet my registered domain ain’t showin. Actually, I’ve selected “all domains” & yet total count says “0” so I can’t change my CNAME. help please. I’m at a loss

  12. JohnnyGates

    Do you think I could get in trouble if I use fake details when registering my domain? Haha. I don’t like their policy (And maybe I shouldnt use their service!) But a free domain was very tempting. lol.

  13. Anonymous

    Here’s the problem with co.cc, though. They only let you have that domain name for ONE YEAR. No more, no less. I am currently awaiting an email from them to confirm that statement, though. Hopefully they say that it IS free for life, and not for just one year.

  14. Skye-hook

    Ashraf, a few of your directions were different from what pages I was given as I tried to do what you said. Google has made it as confusing as possible, & I came away from it at the end wondering if I had actually done it all right or not. Hard to believe such an experienced place as Google could create such a jumbled, confusing bunch of pages. Maybe I should have used MSN, since I see you say we could.
    Thanks much for letting us know about the free domains!!! :)

    To all who wonder about keeping a free domain name with co.cc, $3 a year after the 1st year is way cheap, probably the best around for after the 1st year! One I checked out wanted $4.99 a MONTH after 1st year! Beware!

  15. Amit Mishra

    Can you please describe how can we set CUSTOM mail URL with Screenshot.

    as i want to set mail.my-domain-name.com

    how can i set CNAME in my CO.CC account.

    Note – my website is not running after modification in CNAME
    website location is – amit mishra

  16. mukhi

    now-a-days, i do not trust any email provider other than gmail, hotmail, yahoo. once i registered for one email address from a relatively unknown provider, they just stopped service without giving me a notice! as a result, i lost some docs saved in that mailbox.

  17. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Carlos and John,

    I did some more research after you guys brought up the issue and found out that after the first year you will have to pay ~$3 a year to keep your domain.

  18. John W

    Very cool Ashraf.

    On their page the registrar has a link to a site offering free webhosting. Once again, I don’t know about what happens after the first year. Put the two together, and you have a domain name and hosting for free for at least a year.

  19. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Ychin,

    What do you mean? Would you rather use MSN then GMail? If so yes MSN has a similar service but I don’t know what it is called and I am getting late to work right now so I can’t tell you. But Google it and you can find out.