When starting a new company with a website, is it more professional to use an email in the format [email protected] rather than [email protected]? 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.

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    You can use gmail as your domain email source. But, I think your company should have a distinct company email name. Going with Google risks (1) looking rinky-dink (small time), and (2) what do you do when (ok, if) you become successful - do you still use Gmail for everyone?
    – Jon Custer
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 20:54
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    If ease of usage suggests Gmail to you why not setup a mail server on your domain and have the address redirect to gmail. That way you get the appearance of a larger organization.
    – JasonJ
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 20:59
  • We used to laugh out loud in the early 2000's when someone handed out a business card with an AOL.com address on it. What do you think people will think of you if you hand them a "[email protected]" business card today? Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 22:24
  • I can promise you it is not worth having email not the same as your business, so yes it is professional to have your email as your domain. Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 22:44
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    Seriously, the indicated duplicate is no duplicate. That question is about an person with an resume, this question is about a business.
    – Resigned
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 20:33

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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.


So you have a company and a domain name but you want to use gmail.

You will look like you are not a company and do not have a domain name.
Is that really what you want?


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 [email protected].

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 protected], 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.

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