When starting a new company with a website, is it more professional to use an email in the format email@example.com rather than firstname.lastname@example.org? Why would it make a difference? I took a look at the post found here so now I know what to put before the @ sign, but I'd like to know which domain to use.
If you have a business using email on your own domain is basically a requirement. No one is going to take you seriously if you're using a free email account to run your business.
If you like the ease-of-use of Gmail, and want their spam protection and other features, you can get Google Apps and use your domain in Gmail: https://apps.google.com
Don't setup forwarders or anything like that, because when you reply it's going to show as coming from your Gmail account. It's $5/user/month to do it right.
Other people have answered this question, but not in a broad enough sense.
If you purchase a domain from a domain registrar, you can host it and have email associated with that domain name. For example, you purchase
mydomain.com. You can have a website at
www.mydomain.com and have email addresses like
Most domain registrars are hosting provider can set this up for you. Your hosting provider can be Google, or just about any other ISP/hosting provider out there. You dont even have to have the website and the email hosted by the same provider. However, having one provider does make life a little easier.
I do agree having an email associated with your domain is more professional. While there is nothing inherently wrong with
email@example.com, some people will think you are a very small company.
Why don't you do both? Google offers this service:
EDIT: Or, are you saying you WANT to only use gmail? In that case, bad idea - a company should have company email.