Managing multiple business email accounts may be a little bit challenging especially when you use the built-in mail server that comes with most hosting providers like Horde and SquirrelMail and Roundcube. Alternatively I sometimes use Thunderbird and I find it very useful and it’s often easier to manage my mails.
But today I want to show you how to setup custom domain email on Outlook.com so you can be able to manage your custom business emails on Outlook.com. So instead of having email@example.com you can now be able to check emails like firstname.lastname@example.org on Outlook.com.
But first before I give you a step by step guide on how to setup custom domain email on Outlook.com, you will need to configure your domain’s MX and TXT Records. While the MX records tell domain name servers that you are using Microsoft mail servers, the TXT records will be used for ownership verification of the domain.
Step by Step Guide to Setup Custom Domain Email on Outlook
Click here to visit Windows Live Admin Center and click on the Get Started link under Custom Domains to start setting up your custom domain on Outlook.com.
Next enter your custom domain name on the text field provided for you and select “Set up Outlook.com for my Domain” and click the “Continue” button.
Assign Domain Administrator:
Next step is to assign a domain administrator to your account. There are two ways you can go about this, it’s either you create a new Microsoft account or you sign in with an existing Microsoft account.
Review Settings & Accept Agreement:
On successful login you will be required to review settings and accept agreement, ensure your displayed details are ok, then verify the capcha and click “I Accept”.
Verify Domain Ownership:
After reviewing and accepting the Microsoft agreement, the next step will be to prove ownership of the domain by creating a DNS record on your cPanel.
So login to your cPanel and click on the MX Entry icon under Mail. Select a domain name under Domains to reveal the Email Routing configuration. Choose “Automatically detect configuration” and add the MX record string provided by Outlook.com leaving priority as it is and adding the record in the Destination field.
To prevent your emails from going into the junk folder or spam folder, you need to configure sender ID by adding a TXT record with this value:
v=spf1 include:hotmail.com ~all
Then wait for atleast 30 mins for your DNS settings to propagate. Then refresh the Windows Live Admin Center’s domain settings page to see if your service has been marked Active.
Add Custom Domain Email Accounts:
After you must have successfully verified the ownership of your domain and activated your domain on Outlook.com, then select Member accounts and start adding your custom domain name email accounts, Outlook.com can allow you to add up to 50 accounts in your domain.
I hope you find this tutorial interesting and easy to use. Now you can be able to setup custom domain email on outlook.com. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me, use the comment section below to add your contributions to the article and remember to subscribe to my blog.