This post contains technical information on how to setup Google Apps for your domain. The process isn’t extremely complicated – fairly similar to setting up a website.
Another Google product? Not exactly. Google Apps combines several business related tools that you may already use (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs & Google Sites) for use on your website. If you own https://www.coolest-real-estate-agent-ever.net (because of course .com was already taken) it puts the power of these Google services behind it. For the rest of this post I’ll concentrate on Gmail since it’s the most common application.
- Portability: Rather than having Outlook download emails to your computer, use Gmail so all messages are available on any computer (or phone) with internet access.
- Safety: Data is hosted on Google’s reliable data centers instead of your clunky hard drive. Sure Gmail has experienced a few hiccups over the last few years. But it’s better than having your PC crash and loosing all those important messages.
- Usability: Outlook and other email clients are easier to learn than Quickbooks. But like all their products Google really simplifies the Gmail interface.
- Innovation: Gmail labs is a set of experimental features to enhance email performance. Preview Youtube videos, Yelp reviews or Google Voice messages from within your account.
- Storage: 7GB for the Standard Edition or 25GB for the Premier Edition. To put that into perspective, the largest purchase agreement I have in PDF format is almost 1,000KB. At that rate I’d need over 7,000 more to fill my quota.
- Trust: Let’s face it, having a free account doesn’t look very professional as a real estate agent. So ditch Yahoo and have your email look professional too.
I’m convinced – how do I start?
Head over to the Google Apps website and follow the instructions to setup your account. After a few easy steps you’ll reach the dashboard with a greeting box at the top that directs you to the setup guide. This will walk you through the process of creating users, accessing your accounts, migrating old data and more.
The guide also shows you how to setup your email with a variety of hosting companies. You can even change how your accounts are accessed. Now I can just go to mail.metrowidemn.com and I’ll be automatically redirected to domain’s Gmail account.
These is just the start of what you can accomplish with Google Apps. For more ideas check out Lifehacker’s Google Apps Tricks.