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HostGator Email - Getting Started

Once your website is online and your domain is pointed to your server, you will want to use your domain to host your email. The most accessible tool for this is Google Workspace; however, you can also host email yourself using your HostGator server:

Host your email with Google Workspace

Google Workspace lets you host your domain email directly through a Google Mail portal and includes the level of quality spam filtering that Gmail is known for and access to a whole suite of tools.

You can get started with Google Workspace for as little as $5 per month per user. Check below for more information:

Host your email on your server

If you do not use Google Workspace, your HostGator shared hosting server will allow you to host your email. The process is straightforward, and if you are using our name servers, your mail will automatically be routed to your server.

All you need to do is create the email, and then you can either access it with either webmail or set up your phone or an email client to check your mail directly:

Create and manage new email accounts

The first thing you will need to do is create an email account. This can be done directly inside your cPanel account from the Email Accounts icon.

For more information and for a full video walkthrough of how to create new email accounts, you can refer to this specialized article:

If you decide to change the name of an email account or if you do not need an old email address, you can delete the account following the directions in the following article:

Access your email via webmail

Once you have an email account created in cPanel, the fastest and easiest way to access it and begin sending and receiving emails is through webmail. The following article will show you all the methods for accessing webmail:

Note: Anytime you log into an email address, you will use the full email address as the username and the password specific to that email address as the password.

Please continue to the next section if you wish to access your email directly from your phone or personal computer applications.

Configure your desired email clients

You may access an email account on your server directly through your phone or computer's email application. The following articles will help you access the email accounts you have created on your phone:

There are also various applications for accessing your email from your personal computer. We recommend Thunderbird, a free client available for all operating systems. The following article includes information for how to download Thunderbird:

Suppose you already have a preferred email client, and you need the settings to access it using your current email application. In that case, the article below will provide settings for specific applications other than Thunderbird:


If you experience difficulty with setting up your email, the following articles may assist with quickly resolving the issue:

Need additional assistance? HostGator's Support is here to help. Please contact us via phone or chat so we can assist!

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