07 Dec

Google Kills Free Version of Apps for Businesses

Google Apps

Google has killed off the free version of its useful apps for businesses. Google Apps offers Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, in-browser word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics app.

Google Apps

Google Apps

Earlier, there were two versions of Google Apps – free and premium. The free version allowed you to use Google Apps for up to 10 users. But now there will be only one version – Premium. Businesses with 10 or fewer people will now have to pay $5 per user per month or $50 per user per year.

Though the change will not effect the existing users and they can continue using free services for up to 10 users.

How to Use Google Apps for free for new domains

If you already have an existing Google Apps account under any of your domains, you can still use Google Apps for free even for new domains. All you have to do is to add another domain to that account. The setting is located under Domain settings in your Google Apps account.
Or if you are a new user, check out this simple workaround. All you need is a free Gmail or Google account.

Office 365, the main competitor of Google’s Apps market, also offers only paid plans currently. Both companies offer free trials.

So, what do you think of this move by Google? Would it hurt small businesses and bloggers?

10 Jul

How To Change URL To Access Email in Google Apps

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After setting up your branded Email account with Google Apps, the next step is to change the URL where you can access your Email and other services in Google Apps. The default URL to access Google apps is www.google.com/a/yourdomain.com but today we will discuss how to change this control panel address into a short custom URL such as mail.yourdomain.com.

See Also: How To Set Up Google Mail For Your Domain

Google_Apps

Here is the Step By Step Tutorial To Change URL To Access Email in Google Apps:

1) Login to your control panel in Google Apps – https://www.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

2) Click on Settings tab and choose Email Settings.

3) Choose General settings of Email and click on “Change URL” in the web address row. The default address for users to access Email is at:
http://mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com

4) Now choose the Custom URL i.e. mail.yourdomain.com and click on continue.

5) You will be asked to change the CNAME record with your domain host. This will connect the new URL of your web host’s control panel to Google servers.

Here is the process to change the CNAME record for Hostgator:

a) Log into your Control Panel of your Hostgator account.
b) Click on the Advanced DNS ZONE Editor icon under Domains Tab.
c) Select your domain
d) Go to “Add Record”. Select the record type as CNAME. Write Name as ‘Mail’, set TTL to 3600 and write ghs.googlehosted.com next to CNAME. ( If mail.yourdomain.com already exists, then edit these same settings in that record.)
e) Click Add Record.
f) And it is done! The settings may take up to 24 hours to come into effect.

6) Now get back to Google Apps page and finish the remaining easy steps.

Note: This tutorial will only change the URL to access Email. If you want to change URL for other services, then follow the same procedure and just choose the respective service(for which you want to change the URL) in the settings.

10 Jul

How To Set Up Google Mail For Your Domain

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After setting up your first website or blog, the next thing every webmaster wants to do is to set up a branded Email address ending with the domain name. It means that if your website address is www.yourdomain.com, then your branded Email address would look like yourname@yourdomain.com. In this tutorial, we will be using Google Apps to set up Gmail account for your own domain name. That means you can manage all your emails received at your website’s branded email address straight in your very own custom Gmail account.

google mail for domain

Here is the Step by Step Tutorial to Setup Google Email For Your Domain:

1) Go To Google Apps.

2) Click on Pricing and Choose Free service for Google apps. In the free service, you can set up Email for 10 users with a single domain name. If you want more user accounts, you can choose the business plan.
Update: Google Kills Free Version of Google Apps

3) Fill in all the details and submit it.

Google Apps Setup

4) Now a window will popup as shown in the picture above, Choose Express here and click on ‘Go Express’.

Google apps verify domain ownership

5) Now you need to verify your domain ownership. Click on Next and again next.

Set up gmail for your domain verification

6) Verify your domain ownership. Click on Alternate methods and choose HTML Tag(Recommended Method). Paste this Meta tag in the ‘Head section’ before the first ‘Body Section. Or if you’re using SEO Ultimate Plugin or SEO Plugin by Yoast, then just paste the Meta tag in the verification option given in these plugins.

See Also: Top 15 Must Have Plugins For Your new WordPress Blog

MX Records - Google Mail for Your Domain

7) Now to start receiving mails on your account, you need to change your domain’s MX records. An MX (mail exchanger) record tells a client which server receives mail sent to a domain name. To do that, Login to your hosting account. Find the MX records which are located in the Mail Server Configuration. Delete all existing MX entries. And enter the MX records shown in the picture above. Read more here.
Now Go to Google Apps, open “Setup” tab, click on “Set up Your Apps”, Open GMail, Click on Next and finish the steps.

8) Now you’re done. Login to www.gmail.com using your new username – yourname@yourdomain.com and password. You can also access your branded Email and other services of Google apps by visiting www.google.com/a/yourdomain.com. And if you want to change this control panel URL into a short custom URL such as mail.yourdomain.com. Read How To Change URL To Access Email in Google Apps.

Need help?

I hope this Tutorial will help you to set up your personal branded Email address. Questions and suggestions are welcome. 🙂