Setting Up Gmail with Your Branded Domain For Free

Yes. You can send emails from using Google for free. If you are like me and keeping your expenses low is a priority, then you will love this solution for branded domain emails.

You might have thought that you need to pay for Google Apps for Work or use the clunky email hosting that comes with your WordPress hosting, but no fear.

How to Set Up Your Branded Email in Gmail for Free

Why Do You Need A Branded Domain Email

These days and emails don’t have the same professional characteristic as a branded domain. If you are a blog or business owner, a branded email shows that you are a professional.

Secondly, a branded domain also helps with your email campaigns, specifically RSS campaigns. Non-Branded domains tend to get placed in the spam folders more than branded domains!

Why Google

Personally, I have used Google for everything. It’s my favorite email provider, and I sync the calendar settings with my computer.

After a few years of separating components, I have realized that the separation is not necessarily needed for a solopreneur. When am I going to check my personal email but not my business email at the same time? Instead of checking email separately, this method now integrates both.

I still set up the same rigorous label organization, so that my emails are separated business and personal. I have only one Google drive and one Google calendar that integrates everything.

Setting Up Your Email Via Google

For the purpose of this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to configure everything via SiteGroundSiteGround is my preferred WordPress host, and where I have setup my new account. Over the last six months, I have moved countless clients to SiteGround, all of them have been happy with the transfer.

This approach allows you to have a branded domain without paying for Google Apps for Work, so it’s a way to cut down on expenses – especially if you are just starting out.


  1. Login to your SiteGround hosting account, and access your CPANEL.
    Access your Cpanel
  2. In the CPANEL, go to EMAIL ACCOUNTS.
    Email Settings in the Cpanel
  3. Create the username and password for the account you want to create. For example,
    Email Settings in the Cpanel
  4. Return to the CPANEL, and go to MX ENTRY.
    Email Settings in the Cpanel
  5. Select REVERT DEFAULT. The MX records will appear, and they look like “”. If you choose SET GOOGLE MX, it’s as if you are setting up Google Apps for Work.
    MX Entry Settings for Gmail
  6. Return to the CPANEL. Go back to EMAIL ACCOUNTS, and open up ACCESS WEBMAIL for the account you created in a new tab.
    Email Settings in the Cpanel
  7. In a new tab, go to your Gmail account. In the top right corner, select the SETTINGS. A bunch of tabs will appear, and you want to go to ACCOUNTS AND IMPORT.
    Gmail Settings
  9. A new window will appear where you add your email address that you created in step 3.
    Gmail Settings
  10. A new window will appear titled “Send Mail Through Your SMTP server.” The SMTP Server should be the same records you saw in step 5, and the username and password should be your full email and password that you created in Step 3. Change PORT to 465. Press ADD ACCOUNT.
    Gmail Settings
  11. Google will send a verification code to your email. Go back to the tab we opened in Step 9. You should receive an email from Google with your verification, and add it to the other window.
  12. You have verified your site, and you can send emails from your branded email.
    Gmail Settings
  13. To receive emails to this account, go back to your CPANEL and select FORWARDERS.
  14. You will want to setup an email forwarder where the email you create in Step 3 goes to the same email address that you send emails. For example, I can send emails through both and forwards to

Once your verify your email, you can send and receive emails! You will receive emails and be able to send them from your branded email account!

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    10 thoughts on “Setting Up Gmail with Your Branded Domain For Free

    1. Melissa Ferrara

      Yes! I’ve been needing to do this. I’m currently using Outlook for my business email, but a CRM I just started using only integrates with Gmail. Is it difficult to switch from outlook to gmail with this? I’m using A Small Orange for hosting.

      1. Lindsay Humes Post author

        I’m not sure how the switch from Outlook to Gmail works for importing content, but you should be able to setup a similar system using A Small Orange. The Cpanel images should be similar to what I’ve included in the demo above.

    2. Sher

      Thank you – this is SO helpful. In your gmail settings do you reply from your default address ( or do you use the professional business one?

      1. Lindsay Humes Post author

        I use my professional one as the default. I don’t receive that many personal emails compared to business ones, so it made more sense to reply with the business. You can always change it easily when you send them!

    3. anna

      when i tried this I did not have success. I was told by siteground that in order to link it with google you have to pay. and I was also unable to access my email after that because it was already set up with google and I was not able to access the link in order to activate it. Not sure if that is something I should have experiences or maybe I did something wrong. Is it a free service?

      1. Lindsay Humes Post author

        Hi Anna! You need to make sure that you don’t have a separate Google email setup. Before you start, setup your email with SiteGround (and not Google Apps). If you follow these instructions, you can set it up for free using Google instead of paying for Google Apps.

        You likely had your MX records pointing to Google’s servers instead of using SiteGrounds.

    4. Shanley Cox

      Hi Lindsay! Does the same technique apply if you want to set up a branded email but NOT have it linked to a WordPress site?

      1. Lindsay Humes Post author

        Yes! If you would want to change the MX records with whoever the site is hosted with – Squarespace, Shopify, etc. Changing the MX records might look a little different than what I have illustrated, but the idea is the same. Also, whoever is your host needs to be able to provide email. If they don’t provide email, then that’s a whole different thing.


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