Why do I need a domain?

To sign up for your business email, you need to purchase a new domain or use a domain that you already own. A domain is the unique name that appears after the @ sign in email addresses, and after www in web addresses. For example, if your domain is your company.com, you can have a custom email such as you@your company.com. A domain typically takes the form of your organization's name and a standard Internet suffix, such as your company.com, or your company.net.

Once you own a domain, you can create a custom business email address, as well as create a website for your business.

Registering a domain

When you purchase a domain, you need to register it and provide your contact information. This information is added to a searchable directory of domain registrants, and you can make this information public or private.

If you make this information public:

  • Your contact information appears in online searches through the WHOIS directory.
  • Anyone online can find this contact information.

If you make this information private:

  • Instead of your contact information, the contact information of a third-party privacy provider appears.
  • Anyone online can find the email address of the third-party privacy provider. Emails sent to the third party are forwarded to you. The sender can’t see your private email address, unless you respond to their email.

Learn more about private registration by a third-party provider.

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