Your email address: it's an integral part of your online life. We are passionate about helping people to get the most out of email – from ensuring they have their own domain name to the best ways to use email on their devices. This is where we share out tips, tricks & recommendations.

If you’ve got a Gmail account and a PC, make sure you’ve got it setup this way in the free Windows Live Mail 2012 program.

This was recorded by Specialist Lucas. It’s the best way to set up a Gmail or Google Apps email account on your computer. Please feel free to share with others if you know someone who has a PC & a Gmail account.

The video uses a Google Apps email address and Windows Live Mail 2012 on Windows 7 to show you how to follow along. If you have any questions, feel free to email him at lucas@yourcloudspecialist.com.

Setup Your Gmail or Google Apps Email in Windows Live Mail 2012

Setup Your Gmail or Google Apps Email in Windows Live Mail 2012

Have you just set up a new Google Apps or Gmail account, but still want to be able to send and receive email from an old email account? Or do you have two different businesses that you want to be able to manage from one Gmail / Google Apps account?

This tutorial from Specialist John will show you how to set this up – including a handy tip that goes above and beyond the usual config to ensure that on Microsoft Outlook you don’t get those annoying “on behalf of” messages when you send from your second email address. i.e. if you want to be able to send from your old ISP email address, Outlook will display it as “From john@yourcloudspecialist.com on behalf of cleary@iinet.net.au”. This tip solves that problem!

This setup is perfect for when you’ve got a couple of different email addresses that you need to be able to send from but want to manage it in one inbox / sent box. You can use this tip to have more than one domain on your Google Apps account too – i.e. if you have a personal domain and business domain you can set up to be able to send from either without having to set up multiple accounts on your computer each time.

Set up Google Apps / Gmail to be able to send from another email address you own

Hope this tutorial has been helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to ask away in the comments!

If you’ve got a Gmail account and a Mac, make sure you’ve got it setup this way in the Mac Mail program.

The video below was recorded by me, Specialist John. I was an Apple Certified Mac Technician from a previous professional life – and as a Mac specialist and a Cloud specialist this tip includes a few extras that the other video guides on YouTube don’t cover.

It’s the best way to set up a Gmail or Google Apps email account on your computer, and I’ve been using it personally for a few years (before Lion even!). Please feel free to share with others if you know someone who has a Mac & a Gmail account.

Setup Gmail (or Google Apps) Email on Mac Mail with Lion 10.7

An important lesson for us all, as evidenced by Google (doing it wrong).

If you’re a company who makes products, you should have /product name URLs. Type google.com/drive into a web browser, and you’ll get a 404 error. It’s like Google’s never heard of their own product called “Google Drive”.

This is something Apple do well. If you want to see what I mean, just type apple.com/iphone and you’ll get this:

Just another handy tip to keep in mind.

1. You’ve probably already got an account!

Remember back in 2004 when Google launched Gmail? It was a crazy time – 1 whole gigabyte of email storage – FREE! At the time Hotmail offered just a few hundred megabytes. People flocked to Gmail. There was a bit of a gold rush on Gmail addresses, and it’s still the most popular free email service on the internet by a huge margin.

So chances are you already have a Gmail account. If that’s true, then you’re already well on your way! If you don’t, you can quickly and easily sign up for a free account today here!

2. You can have your own domain name for free!

If you don’t already have a Gmail account you may see no difference in signing up for a new @gmail.com account versus an @me.com (Apple’s iCloud domain name) account. There are some great reasons below as to why you may prefer to choose Google, but there’s one killer feature if you’re starting fresh. It’s simply this – don’t settle for either @gmail.com OR @me.com. Google go one better than Apple, and in addition to @gmail.com addresses they also offer a special version of Gmail called “Google Apps”. Apps lets you assign your own domain name to the same infrastructure as Gmail uses. So you can have you@yourdomain.com as your email address, and it’s all powered by Google’s hardware in the cloud. After all, why build someone else’s brand (Apple? Google?) when you could build your own?

And best of all, if you’ve got less than 10 people on your domain, Apps is still free! If you’d like to know more, visit our main website – setting up Apps for people is what we do. :-)

3. Class leading web applications.

If you’ve ever used Gmail, you’ll understand this already. While iCloud and Hotmail’s web interfaces aren’t bad, they are nowhere near as fast or efficient as Gmail. Even if you’re stuck without your iPhone or Laptop, you can still get in touch via your email through Google’s web interface.

4. A fully developed suite, not just email.

Gmail & Google Apps are much more than just email. You get Contacts, Calendar, Document Storage (called Drive), and much more from your Google account. And Google’s been doing this the longest out of all the companies in the cloud space. That means stability and therefore peace of mind. The best bit is that all these applications are available right from the web too – so as mentioned before if you’re on the road and stuck without your laptop – you can edit and email a document right from Google’s suite online.

5. Works on iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows 7, Outlook & Mac Mail.

Use an iPhone? No problem. Use a PC? No problem. If you want the most compatible, reliable sync then Google’s the best choice.

Google offers ActiveSync for their mobile sync, which is the industry standard protocol for reliable sync on mobile devices. Gmail (and Google Apps) sync perfectly with all major smartphones & tablets. You can sync your email, calendar and contacts to iPhone, iPad, Android & Windows Mobile. In fact, if you use an iPhone or iPad you can simply visit http://apple.yourcloudspecialist.com in Safari on your device, and it’ll instantly download a pre-configured profile to set up your Google account. We built this profile for our customers – which is anyone with a Gmail or Google Apps account. Go on and try it out. :-)

Gmail & Google Apps also works with Macs (Mail, iCal, AddressBook) and Windows (Outlook) for the perfect desktop email & calendaring solutions.


Hopefully this has helped you understand the benefits of Google as a cloud sync tool for email, contacts, calendar and docs. Hit us up in the comments below if you have any questions!

If you’ve ever tried to choose a domain name before you’ll know how hard it can be. Often, the domain you want to register is already taken, so we’ve created a fast new suggestions engine to help.

Simply begin searching for a domain name and we’ll suggest alternate names as appropriate. We think it’s pretty cool. Check it out here: http://www.yourcloudspecialist.com/signup.

By Lucas Benning

Here is the fastest way to setup your Apple iPhone or iPad with Google Apps or Google Mail (GMAIL).  Forget needing to know or remember the specific settings for your email account. And you don’t need to be a Your Cloud Specialist customer to be able to use it.

As part of the Your Cloud Specialist service we have a standard Apple configuration profile for your iPhone and iPad that has all the default settings configured in it. This will automatically set up your Google Apps or Gmail account on your iPhone or iPad in 3 simple steps!

1. All you need to do is open Safari on your iPhone or iPad and visit this URL.

http://apple.yourcloudspecialist.com

2. Once you have visited this you will be prompted with an ‘Install Profile’ screen.

3. Just click ‘install’ followed by ‘install now’

4. Enter your google hosted email address, example: tom@yourcloudspecialist.com and click ‘Next’

5. In the username field enter your email address again, example: tom@yourcloudspecialist.com and click ‘Next’

6. Enter your password and click ‘Next’

And that’s it!

By Lucas Benning

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