January 21, 2015 · Tips

How to get unlimited FREE email for your domain

Want to have your own email with your own domain but can't afford to pay google apps? Try Yandex, you can have as many emails as you want.

What is Yandex?

If you don't know Yandex, Yandex is kinda like Google from Russia. It has search engine, maps, browsers and lots other products. Its not quite popular here in Indonesia, but it seems its very popular there. It's ranked #4 most popular search engine in the worlds below Google, Baido and Yahoo, and surprisingly ahead of Microsoft.

Ok, enough for the brief introduction, theres plenty articles about Yandex if you interested to find out more. Heres what you need todo to get the emails.

1. Create FREE email in Yandex Mail

Go to Yandex Mail and create a free account there. You will also need to verify your phone number too.

2. Connect your domain and verify your domain ownership

There's 3 methods for domain ownership verification, using upload file, CNAME or update your registrar email address. I prefer using CNAME option, mine is looking like this:

yamail-bc1ff5cfc027.hazmi.id. CNAME mail.yandex.net.

3. Setup your MX records

We need to tell the world that from now on, Yandex is the one who handle your email. Mine is looking like this:

hazmi.id. MX 10 mx.yandex.net.

4. Setup SPF and DKIM (Optional)

Although is optional, you might also want to add SPF and DKIM record in your DNS settings. This is to decrease the possibilty of being marked as spam by other mail servers. Mine, is like this:

hazmi.id. TXT "v=spf1 redirect=_spf.yandex.net" mail._domainkey.hazmi.id. TXT "v=DKIM1; k=rsa; t=s; p=MIGfMA0...AQAB"

Thats it, you can add your email now!

You might need to wait for couple hours for your dns to properly propagate, then you're ready. You can start to manage your email with your own domain!

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