Setting Up Google Apps
- Go to http://www.google.com/a/cpanel/domain/new.
- Enter your domain name (no http:// necessary), fill out your personal information, and fill out the information for your administrator account (this account will have full access).
- Go to the Dashboard page (the first item in the navigation menu) and click the Activate Google Apps button.
- Verify your domain using a CNAME record or a TXT record. You will need to log into your domain registrar in order to complete these steps.
- Go to the Dashboard page, click the “Activate email” link in the bottom section.
- Finally, follow the instructions to set up your MX records correctly.
Logging in to Google Apps
You can log into your Google Apps email accounts with either of the following URLs:
- https://mail.google.com/a/example.com (with example.com replaced with your website domain name)
- https://mail.google.com will also work, but each time you log in, you will need to type out the full email address instead of just the username.
Configuring Google Apps
To create email accounts and make configuration changes, make sure you log in with an administrator account. When you first set up Google Apps, you will only have one user, which will be an administrator account. You can grant administrator privileges to other accounts after you create them. If you log in and see your email screen, click the “Manage this domain” link in the upper right hand corner. This will allow you to make changes to your entire Google Apps account. To change your user-level mail settings, click the “Settings” link or the gear icon in the upper right hand corner.
- Adding/removing users (email accounts). Go to the “Organization & users” menu. You can have up to 10; if you need more, you will need to upgrade to Google Apps for Business. When you (or someone else) logs in to a new Google Apps email account, you will need to accept the agreement, then change your password.
- Changing and resetting passwords. Each user can set his/her own password in their mail settings, but administrators can also reset passwords for other users. This is done by going to the ”Organization & users” menu, clicking the username, and clicking the “Change password” link.
- Forwarding. To forward one email address to another, you must first create and log in to the email address that you want to forward. Click the “Settings” link or the gear icon in the upper right hand corner to access the mail settings for that user. Click the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” tab to set up email forwarding.
- Contact sharing. By default, contacts are shared between all email accounts on the domain. To disable this, go to the menu “Domain settings” > “User settings.”
- Catch-all address. You can specify an email address to catch any emails that are sent to your domain name but do not match existing accounts. This is useful in case someone mistypes the first part of your email address. Go to the menu “Service settings” > “Email” to configure this.
- Custom appearance. To customize the appearance of email accounts, go to the menu “Domain settings” > “Appearance.” You can upload a custom logo, but it must be 143×59 pixels.