How to Create an Email Forwarding Address

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In the following step-by-step guide to creating an email forwarding address, we’ll show you how to setup one of the most useful tools your web hosting provider offers to help you manage the way you communicate with your customers.

As you likely already know if you’ve spent any time on our website so far, all of the companies featured in our regularly updated list of the year’s top ten best hosting companies do offer a wealth of free email addresses. In the case of leading brands like eHost, Ideahost, and Hostclear, this goes even further, with the ability to use as many IMAP and POP3 emails as you could possibly need.

Of course, when you’ve got that, there’s likely very little need to set up email forwarding at all, instead downloading your domain-based email direct to your desktop email client, or accessing via web mail, and managing everything from there.

Yet if you’re using a company like Godaddy, who often charge extra for dedicated email solutions but still allow for free forwarding addresses, this can prove to be a great method for creating a professional image for your business without going over your already stretched-to-the-limit budget.

What is email forwarding?

In a nutshell, email forwarding is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: When a customer or website visitors sends an email to an address based at your domain name ([email protected] for example) that message is then forwarded on to your existing email address (let’s say [email protected]) so that you can still look like a pro without spending any more money on IMAP/POP3 email.

This is valuable tool that not only creates an easy-to-remember email address you can put on your business cards and other marketing materials, but allows you to communicate with your customers without giving away your personal email address.

Sounds like something you could use but not sure where to get started? Here’s our step-by-step guide to setting up your own email forwarding address.

For today’s tutorial, we’re going to be setting up our address using GoDaddy. There’s a couple of reasons for this, though the main one is that their use of cPanel to create forwarding addresses is typical of the way you’d do it with most other hosts, so when it comes to using a system that most of you should be familiar with no matter which hosting provider you use, this seemed like a good way forward.

Godaddy Email Forwarding Tutorial

OK, ready to begin? Let’s get started.

After logging into your account, head to your admin dashboard and select email. If you’re using GoDaddy like we are, you should find it looking something like this.

If you’re using a different provider, you’ve hopefully picked one from our top ten web hosting companies list, all of whom are easy to navigate and find just what you’re looking for.

Select ’email forwarding’

From there, it should be pretty obvious where you need to go next. Find the link marked ‘Email forwarding‘ and select it. In the above example, clicking even one of those two links brings up the same page, so it doesn’t really make much difference which one we decide to use.

Choose your domain

In the next step, we’re going to choose which domain name we’re going to use for our new email forwarding. Obviously if you only have the one attached to your account, that’s the one you’ll be using. If you have several, then use the drop down menu (or a check-button menu as you’ll find with some hosting companies) to select which domain name you want, and then press ‘set up.’

So far, so easy, right?

Head to your email control panel

With that done, you’ll next want to get rid of the box or whatever message appears once you’ve successfully added email forwarding to your account, then hit ‘manage email.’

As you’ll see from our own example, we’ve already set up two forwarding addresses previously, so now it’s time to add just a few more.

Godaddy create email forwarding

For a single email, we’re simply going to hit the ‘Create button’ which we’ve highlighted below to help you find it easily.

On the next screen, you’ll be presented with a pop-up box inviting you to create an email account, but if you don’t have any domain-based emails included in your package, you may find this isn’t possible. Instead, hit the ‘create forwarding’ to bring up a screen which looks like this:

Create your email address

The simplicity continues as we go forth and create a forwarding address based at the domain name that came with one of our GoDaddy web hosting plans.

To begin, just add in the email address you want to use, such as [email protected], and then in the box below that, and then in the box below, type in the email address you want messages to [email protected] to go to, such as [email protected] for example.

With that, we’re almost finished, but in our case there’s one more step we want to do.

Create an auto response

Since we’re setting up this email account for business purposes, we want to set an auto-response message to let our customers and potential new customers know that we’ve picked up their message and will get back to them as soon as possible.

To do that, we simply scroll down the page a little and fill in the relevant details:

When you’re happy with the way everything looks, simply hit ‘Create.’ Do this as many times as you need to to create all the email forwarding accounts you’re likely to use, and then go forth and start enjoying a more professional image, easier communications management, and more satisfied customers, all thanks to this one simple tool.

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