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Step 3- Email

Do NOT be that business with a [email protected] email address. It isn’t professional. Now that you have your server up and running, it’s time to manage your email. A Google Apps setup is arguably the most reliable and cost effective email setup.

DNS records connect domains to web servers and email servers. There many types of DNS records, but the most popular are A (hosting), CNAME (sub-domains), MX (email), and TXT (general information / verification).

Once you create an account, you need to verify ownership before you are ready to receive email.

VIDEO: Email configuration for Google Apps with Godaddy DNS management.

Step 4 – Content Management

Now, with your server should be running and email deliverable at your domain, it’s time to get down to building a website. As you know by now, there are lots of free or low cost services on the internet that allow people to build a website. Most cheap hosts have cheap website builders that use pre-configured but somewhat customizable content managers.

And most of these website building services are terribly disappointing.

Thanks to open source, if you have a web server, you have some better alternatives – whether you are building a blog, a business website, or even an commerce site. So find an open source CMS that suits you, and then get it loaded on your server. It will save you time and money, while giving you loads of freedom to customize that paid CMS systems don’t afford you.

VIDEO: Setting up a LAMP server on Rackspace Cloud Sites

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