Setup Hotmail on your own domain
Set Up Windows Live on your Domain
So, my very first post 😀
Lets say you’ve got aÂ custom domain. Apart from setting up your own website on it, there are many more things you can do with it.
Yes, you can useÂ Hotmail,Â Messenger, and most of theÂ Windows Live services on your own domain, Follow the steps given and its easy 🙂
What you need to have ?
1) A Domain, obviously 😛
2) You also need to get Hosting for this. If you don’ have hosting already, you can go toÂ XetiHost (Completely Free Host)Â orÂ Host4Post (A Post to Host)Â forÂ free and reliable Hosting 🙂 Or you could go toÂ 123COM and get Professional Paid Hosting.
NOTE: Please do not enter the same data as given in the screenshots, those are just as examples 🙂
- Firstly, GoÂ here to register for Windows Live.
Enter the required details and go to the next step.
Now, In the Next Step, you can choose toÂ Make a New Account (Preferred) or Use an Existing one.
Go to the next Step.
Create the account and you’ll be redirected to the Live Admin Section.Accept the TOS, and go to the next step.
Ok, Now you are redirected to theÂ Main Admin Panel.
As you can see, there are 3-4 options, Proving Ownership isnt necessary, but it should be done.
Now, for the Mail, Go to theÂ Mail Set Up. You will see something like this.
Now, for doing this, you need to point your domain’sÂ MX Servers.
Once that is done, you’ll have to log in to yourÂ Control Panel (Cpanel in most cases)
You should be able to login to it at http://cpanel.yourdomain.com/
Once you have logged in,
Go to the “Mail” tab and Go to the “MX Entry” option
Select the domain you want to set up mail on, and some settings will show up.
Now add the details from the Hotmail Site (Only Priority and MX Server to Destination) to the Fields provided in Cpanel, eg
Click on “Add New Record”
You are done with the Mail Settings,
Now skip the CNAME field(Not necessary)
Go to theÂ Server Trust Part
This Step is Important as if you dont do this step, all your mail will be marked as SPAM to receiving party.
For this Go Back to your Cpanel Main Page.
Go to theÂ Domains Tab, and go to “Advanced DNS Editor”
Enter the details from the Hotmail Site, into your “Add a Record” inÂ Cpanel. For eg.
Click on Add A record and you are done 🙂
Now to enable Messenger you need to Create aÂ SRV Record, If you want to, give the details under SRV record to your Hosting Manager, and he’ll do it for you.
But a easier way is, go toÂ Passport.Net and register, its a simpler way to do it
Explore the Windows Live Admin panel, to make the Experience more customized.
I’ll be happy to answer any queries in the comments,
Hope you find this post useful 🙂