Free Email With Your Domain ([email protected])

2 min read • March 24, 2023

For the past couple of days, I was looking for a way to create an email address with my domain name ([email protected]). I knew about paid options like Google Workspace and a few other mail hostings, but because I don’t need anything fancy I wanted to find something free (who doesn’t like free stuff 😅). That’s when I found Zoho Mail - which I’m going to help you set up.

I chose it because it’s ad-free (no ads inside your inbox). It also doesn’t include any branding in your emails (e.g. “Sent using X service” like similar free mail services).

Step 1: Sign Up For Zoho Mail

Screenshot of different Zoho plans

The first step is to sign up for a Zoho account. Go to Zoho Mail Pricing, scroll down and choose the Forever Free Plan. You will need to sign up by providing a username, email address and password. You will receive an email verification code to activate your account.

Step 2: Mail Configuration

After signing up, follow the steps shown on Zoho Mail’s website.

You will need access to your website’s DNS settings. It’s either your domain registrar (the website where you registered your domain name) or your site’s hosting. You need to add a few DNS records.

  • Log in and find the DNS settings.
  • Find the option to add a new DNS record.
  • Follow the Zoho Mail configuration steps to add all records needed.
  • Save the changes.
  • Go to the Zoho Mail page and click the verify button to verify the DNS configuration (you might have to wait for a while for DNS settings to apply).

Screenshot of Cloudflare DNS settings
Example of adding new DNS record (Cloudflare)

Step 3: Some Tips

After completing the configuration, your new email address should be ready to use! But first I would encourage you to check out your inbox settings and tweak them to your liking.

Screenshot of Zoho Mail inbox

For example, I hated the default font, so I decided to change it to Arial.

Screenshot of Zoho Mail settings

The last thing I want to mention is email icons. It’s possible to add an icon/avatar to your emails using BIMI (Brand Indicators for Message Identification). If you’re interested I recommend reading this article about it.

Image showing the difference between using BIMI protocol (email icons) and not using it (no email icons).