Hi everyone, and welcome to Tubetorial! I’m Lorraine Nepomuceno.
In this episode, I want to show you how to get started using Google Apps with your domain name. This means you’ll be able to use your own domain name with Gmail (and not the usual @gmail.com), as well as the other Google services, such as Chat, Calendar, Docs, Sites, and Mobile.
Today I’ll be showing you how to set it up using the Standard Edition of Google Apps. This is free, but they also have a Premier Edition that’s good for businesses and organizations who want more features. My husband’s family uses the Standard Edition to host all their emails, chat with each other, and exchange documents- and we’re very happy with it.
So let’s sign up. For this tutorial, I’m using a domain name I have called fontgazette.com, so I’ll choose Administrator, and type my domain name down here. If you don’t have a domain name, you can buy one here- it’s $10 a year through Google. I click Get Started, and am taken to this page, where I fill out several fields.
Then I’m asked to create my first Administrator account. Fill this out, and make sure to look through the Terms and Conditions down here…
Okay, now the first thing it will ask me to do is verify that I own the domain name, and since I have FTP access to my domain, I’ll go ahead and select this first option- I’ll be uploading an HTML file which Google will then check for.
I’m copying this special code here, and I’ll paste it into a blank text document- I use Text Wrangler, but any text editor will do, even Notepad.
I need to save the file as googlehostedservice.html – and upload this file to the main area of my domain name, so that it shows up at fontgazette.com/googlehostedservice.html- but I’ll be doing that later, so I’ll click on I Will Verify Later for now.
And here we are, on the Google Apps dashboard. As you can see, although this is just the Standard Edition, there are lots of options available. All these services aren’t active at the start, you need to activate each one if you want to use it. You can create new users, edit your domain name settings, and go directly into any of the services from here.
And that’s it. It’s really very simple to get started using Google Apps with your domain name. I hope you enjoyed this episode of Tubetorial. For more video tutorials, please visit us at tubetorial.com