G Suite powered by Google Cloud is fantastic for small to enterprise level of business looking for communication, store, collaborate and manage solution.
If you are managing your website on shared cPanel hosting, then you may not need to worry about email as it will be managed by them.
However, if hosting on Cloud or VPS, then you got to manage email by yourself. Setting up an mail server is not an easy task, and it would be a good idea to offload this to mailing solution provider like G Suite, Zoho Mail, Rackspace, Outlook, etc.
A few months back, I moved Geek Flare to Google Cloud Platform and started using G Suite to send/receive email.
G Suite cost based on some users so if you are a single owner and need just one email then your monthly cost would be $5. You can get 20% OFF by using the following coupon.
Good thing about G Suite which I learnt lately is that if you own multiple domain and need similar email on all then you can use domain alias without paying anything extra.
By using domain alias, you not just save the cost but also a time in logging to individual email console to read/write an email.
All your respective domain emails are available in single mail login console. If you are a single user having multiple domains, then domain alias solution sounds perfect.
I’ve three domain, and I thought I would have to spend $15 per month ($5 per domain/user) but not anymore, thanks to domain alias.
How to Add Domain Alias in G Suite?
- Login to G Suite Admin console
- Go to main menu >> Domains
- Click Add/remove domains
- Click “Add a Domain or A Domain Alias” on top
- Select “Add a domain alias of $domainname.”
- Enter a domain alias and click “Continue and Verify Domain Ownership.”
It will take few seconds, and you will be asked to verify the domain ownership by one of the following methods.
- Add TXT record
- HTML tag
- HTML file upload
- Google Analytics
Choose the one is easy for you. I prefer adding TXT record as it’s easy.
Once verified, you will get congratulation message about success. Click Continue
Go to Domains again through the main menu, and you will notice the newly added site is verified but Google is recommending to add MX records.
Click on “Set up Google MX records” and follow the on-screen instruction to add the MX record to your domain registrar.
|MX Server address||Priority|
Note: it may take some time to get MX record propagated globally depending on domain registrar.
Well done! You’ve successfully added your additional domain to G Suites as an alias to send and receive email.
Test by sending an email to your newly added domain, and you will notice email is available to your original domain email.
How to Send Email from Alias Domain?
By default, when you add alias domain, you will receive emails on that, but if you need to send email from alias domain, then you got to do the following configuration.
Login to your original domain email
Click on Gear icon at right top and go to settings
Go to accounts tab
Click “Add another email address” under send email as
Note: when I tried above I got the following error so not sure if it’s just me. Anyway, you can fix what I did below in case you get it.
Functionality not enabled. You must send through SMTP servers when you send as However, this functionality is not available for your account. Please contact your domain administrator for more information.
How to fix “Functionality not enabled” error?
Assuming you are still logged into G Suite Admin console
- Go to App >> G Suite >> Gmail >> Advanced Settings (direct link)
- Scroll down and look for “Allow per-user outbound gateways.”
- Tick the checkbox and save the configuration
That should do the trick. Try adding email address again, and it should work.
That’s all! Now you can send and receive an email from your alias domain.
I think this is a cool feature for people who is having multiple domains and managed by one person. This will save the cost, and all emails are handled with single login/console.
If not already, try G Suite to see how it works. Don’t forget to use the above coupon code for 20% discount.