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WordPress.com Tip: Get Your Own WordPress.com Email

No, WordPress.com isn’t offering email services – yet. But there is a way you can create an email address that matches your WordPress.com blog.

If I’ve commented on your blog recently, have you noticed the email I’m using in the form?

lorelleonwordpress@gmail.com

If your blog’s title or domain name hasn’t been taken by Gmail, Yahoo, or any of your favorite free email services, you can use it to create a blog name specific email.

You can use examples such as:

  • fredtheblogger@gmail.com
  • fredswordpressblog@gmail.com
  • fromfredsblog@gmail.com
  • fredonwordpress@gmail.com
  • fredonwordpressdotcom@gmail.com
  • fickledfingeroffate@gmail.com

Play around and see what you can come up with that puts your blog’s name and/or URL into your email to help develop your blog’s identity.

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11 Comments

  1. Posted September 1, 2007 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Actually, WordPress.com does offer integration with Google Apps. If you have your own domain hosted on a WordPress.com blog, WordPress.com provides the necessary tools which can allow you to sign up your domain on Google Apps For Your Domain, which means you can get your own e-mail address at your domain.

    As an example, if the address to this blog as lorellevanfossen.com instead of lorelle.wordpress.com, WordPress.com lets you sign up that domain for Google Apps, and WP.com automates a lot of the processes needed to setup Google Apps. Then, you could create a number of @lorellevanfossen.com e-mail addresses which are all powered by the Gmail interface. (Oh, and they come with Calendar, Docs and Spreadsheets, and all of the other great free Google stuff.)

  2. Posted September 1, 2007 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    I’ve always had the same email address at four different providers that matches my blog URL. I choose hummingbunny as a whim because it was funny. Now it has become a part of my style. I’m not that attached to it though that I would never change. It’s the content of my blog after all that counts, not the name.

  3. Posted September 1, 2007 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Douglas: I’m set up with Google Apps and I never saw any email option. Hmmm. I have to dig into that more. For the few who have their own domain on WordPress.com, this is definitely an option. For the majority who don’t, it’s nice to know there are other options.

  4. Posted September 1, 2007 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I use @bentcircuit.net with google apps as my email address. It was fairly easy to set up. There is an option under Options >> Domains. There is a link to set up Google MX, but you have to have the custom domain option. It’s great because you have your own custom address while still using the gmail interface.

  5. Posted September 1, 2007 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Here’s some more information for Google Apps email @ domainname.com

  6. Posted September 2, 2007 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Note that email addresses like fredonwordpressdotcom@gmail.com or (worse yet) fredatwordpressdotcom@gmail.com are difficult to dictate verbally – the presence of words like “at” or “dotcom” confuse the listener because they’re not in their proper place.

  7. Posted September 13, 2007 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    It’s best to get your own domain (they’re only 6-7 dollars a year at 1and1.com!). Then you can use Google Apps and have unlimited email accounts like matt@mydomain.com or hello@mydomain.com. I don’t really like WordPress.com’s service. I host my own blogs, so I have more control over them. WordPress.com doesn’t let you upload your own themes, charges you just to edit the CSS, doesn’t allow plugin installations, etc. I prefer to use the real WordPress, not the stripped-down version WordPress.com offers.

  8. Posted September 13, 2007 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Not necessarily. Many have done well on a hosted domain, like me, Scoble, and many others. I believe that a full domain is a good thing, but I don’t believe the myth that the URL is the sole determination of whether or not a blog or site is successful.

    This was perpetuated in the early days of the web, but it’s been proven false repeatedly. A URL like thisisagooddumbideafredsayshere.frediesstickywebbabble.com is a horrid URL and can hurt as it isn’t memorable, but I’ve seen others become successful with worse. :D Shorter but worse. But having wordpress.com in your URL hasn’t hurt me.

    Control is another issue. I’d love to have more control over my WordPress.com blog, but I can release my control issues with my full service WordPress blogs. :D

  9. Posted September 13, 2007 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    SEO aside, a 2nd-level domain is better than a subdomain because people can remember it better. It’s easier to type myblog (Ctrl+Enter) than to type myblog.wordpress.com.

  10. Posted April 6, 2008 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Just a clarification regarding Douglas Bell’s remarks:
    if your blog is hosted on WordPress.com you can get Google mail set up for no extra charge; WP.com changes the MX records for you. However, the other google Apps features (Calendar, Docs, etc.) are *not* available under the WordPress.com setup. The reason is explained in the WP.com help pages: security.

  11. Posted July 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    That was a nice read


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