Email Address for Domain
I’m trying to add google apps so that I can add an email address ((email redacted)) to my domain. It is not accepting the CSS changes. Is there another way to create an email address for my domain?
The blog I need help with is thewittybiddy.com.
Adding an email address to Google Apps is not a CSS change. You are probably thinking of DNS.
You can use any service you’d like for email, Google Apps is just one choice and WordPress.com has a detailed help page with steps for how to setup Google Apps here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/google-apps-email/
If you don’t want to use Google Apps, you can pick another email service provider of your choice. Once you’ve set it up, you need to connect that email service to your WordPress.com-mapped domain by adding the DNS records required by the email service provider to your Store → Domains → Edit DNS page. Usually the records will be MX records. Once you have setup an email service and you find out what DNS records are required, use the contact form or the main support forum if you need help figuring out how to add them.
I have been having this exact same problem with Google apps and just figured out how to fix it. It is not spelled out clearly on WordPress or Google help pages how to do this, but somehow I figured it out between the two of them and little luck. On your Google dashboard, there is a note saying that we are checking your MX records and it could take up to 48 hours. Near there, it has a list of codes that look like this:
– ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM. with a priority value of 1.
– ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM. with a priority value of 5.
– ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM. with a priority value of 5.
– ASPMX2.GOOGLEMAIL.COM. with a priority value of 10.
– ASPMX3.GOOGLEMAIL.COM. with a priority value of 10.
I had no idea what all of that priority stuff meant or how to enter it, but I figured it out and this is what I entered on my DNS page (found at Store – Domains – Edit DNS page):
MX 1 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
MX 5 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
MX 5 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
MX 10 ASPMX2.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.
MX 10 ASPMX3.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.
Please note, the hyphen that Google has at the beginning of each line needs to be removed and the period at the end of each line needs to stay, just as I’ve got it above. And where it says “with a priority value of 1” – on that line, you start it with MX 1, where it says “with a priority value of 5”, on that line you start it with MX 5, and so on, just as I’ve got it above. I entered this in the box on my WordPress DNS records page, then clicked “save DNS records”.
As soon as I pasted this into my DNS page and saved it, my email immediately started working. I hope this works for you too.
WordPress.com has a help page that walks through how to do that and which also sets up the DNS for you. See http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/google-apps-email/
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