How to set up a free email on Bluehost
If you’re hosting your blog with Bluehost and just can’t work out how to set up a free email account, this is the quick tutorial you need.
The paid email service is easy to find in the Bluehost portal, but for the free webmail service you have to dig a little.
Follow this easy step-by-step guide and find out how to set up a free email on Bluehost!
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Set up a free webmail address in Bluehost
Login to your Bluehost Portal (there’s a link in your Bluehost welcome email). (If you haven’t set up your hosting yet, you can sign up with Bluehost here or read my step by step tutorial on how to set up hosting with Bluehost.)
When you login to the Bluehost Portal, you will see the image below. Now everyone, including me, would click on Email & Office to set up their email. That would make sense, right? But this link takes you to a paid email service: The Office 365 Mailbox and cost around $7.99 per month. Some people might prefer Office 365 but I’d rather host my email for free. There is no mention of a free webmail service on this page, so go back (or don’t click on this link in the first place) and select: Advanced.
Scroll down to the Email section and click on Email Accounts.
This is the page where you would normally see all your email accounts. You don’t have one yet, so there is none. Click on the blue Create button.
Here you can create your email address. In the right section you’ll see your domain name with the @ sign in front of it. In the left section you can fill out whatever you want. My advice is to keep it short because every time you login to your email you have to type this in.
For example my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scroll down and click Create.
Here you can view your new email address. And in the top right corner you can see how many emails you have. You can create up to 5 email addresses.
The easiest way to login to your email is to open a new web browser window and type your domain name with /webmail at the end. Like this:
This will bring you to the webmail login screen. Enter your email address and password and click Log In.
Here you can choose your favourite webmail application. I like Roundcube, but pick which ever one you want and select it as your default.
Now you’re in your webmail Inbox where you can read your emails. Your first email is from Bluehost: email configuration settings.
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