Setting up Google Apps for mail.
- point your www A/CNAME record to your normal hosting (or setup a redirect in your domain registration control panel).
- Create an email redirect to any working mailbox, or specific mail box for an admin account at the required domain (e.g. email@example.com).
- go to http://google.com/apps/
- enter the admin email for the domain, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org. Hit "get started"
- in the "Create an account page" add password for email@example.com
- check the inbox for that address. If you have to resend the mail, you have to sign up again (using the same info). When the mail from google arrives, follow the verification link.
- Now login to the google apps with firstname.lastname@example.org
- you will see the users control panel. To activate the google email system, you have to follow the link to "learn more" about being an administrator.
- This will take you to a page where you have to enter an email address outside of the google one (why on earth did they not do this at the start of the process!).
This is a good help: http://kwimmer.com/?p=6
Changing the URL
- the url for mail is mail.google.com/a/yourdomain. You can change this in the control panel to mail.yourdomain or similar, buy you have to setup a CNAME record for mail.yourdomain -> GHS.GOOGLE.COM. Of course NetworkSolutions? dont allow you to create CNAMES *and* they rip you off price wise - don't use them.
Setting up your Client.
- login to your web email with mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.
- Hit settings (top right)
- Hit Forwarding and POP/IMAP
- Hit "Enable IMAP" near the bottom
- Hit save
- Follow the mail client configuration instructions: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&ctx=mail&answer=75726