Getting a domain name for your business and setting up mailbox is one of the very first things we do to start an online business. Most of the time when we use cPanel from hosting vendors like hostgator, bluehost or any of the re-sellers, this mailbox comes for free with cPanel. But, when we don’t have any hosting purchased or configured with a domain name, then we need to add external mailbox to the domain name.

External mailbox attached to the domain name can process all your email accounts for users and can handle them effectively. Some of the most famous external mailbox include Google Apps Mailbox or Microsoft Mailbox for domain. Although, the above mentioned mailbox are most popular because of their features, over the time, they have now become paid. At present, we are left with options to either configure mailbox with hosting provider or configure it with external mailbox provider like Yandex.Mail, which is still free.

free-yandex-mailbox

Recently, I did some research and found that we can configure Mailbox on an external domain name for free with Yandex.Mail for Domains.

If you know how mailbox and domain name works, then you can kickstart the set up process from here: https://domain.yandex.com/ Also, you need to have default Yandex account.

Incase, you are new to all these, then you need to know, how your domain DNS system can be configured and then you will be done with the following guide.

In this example setup, I am going to configure example.com with Yandex.Mail and will add mailbox for admin@example.com.

This setup is divided in following parts:

  1. example.com domain setup with Yandex.Mail
  2. DNS record updates at example.com domain
  3. Mailbox setup of admin@example.com at Yandex.Mail admin dashboard

Here is the detailed guide on setting up domain name with Yandex.Mail:

1. First, register and create an admin account with Yandex from here.

register account yandex mails

2. After this add domain name to the Yandex.Mail from here. In our case, we will add example.com

add-domain to yandex.mails

 

3. Now you need to verify the domain ownership of the domain, you can do this either of the 3 methods- from uploading a file on server of the root domain or by adding CNAME or by adding given format of email into your domain name detail. In our case, we will add CNAME, because we have have not attached any hosting to the domain name.

dns-cnsmae-update on domainname

CNAME can be added for the root domain name easily. This setting is available at DNS control panel for your root domain name. You can update the required CNAME for root domain, and after saving settings, click “Verify Domain Ownership” button. It may be possible that the DNS change will take time to propagate and verification of the domain name will be delayed.

To update DNS setting of root domain follow the guide for: Godaddy, NameCheap.

4. Once this setup completes, you must add MX records with following values:

Subdomain name — @
Type of record — MX
Data — mx.yandex.ru.
Priority — 10

These MX records are also updated from root domain DNS control panel. After this step successfully completes, you will get an option to create mailbox for an account with @example.com

5. Create Mailbox account for admin@example.com

Add username as “admin” followed by the password.

add-mailbox-yandex-free-domain-mails

After this step is done, you can access the admin@example.com mailbox from https://mail.yandex.com/

Hope this blog post will help you in getting a mailbox for free; and this mailbox verification is required from Mandrill SMTP too. Once you have completed the domain verification at Mandrill outgoing sending domains, you would be able to send emails from Mandrill server.

13 Comments

  1. Clarence

    This took sometime to figure out the update on MX records and all are working fine now. I am able to receive emails at my personal mailbox and can send emails too. Google apps used to be too costly for my business and now having free alternative, saves a lot of dollar for me.

    • Ankit

      Yes Clarence, MX record update takes sometime to update. Yes, Yandex is great alternative to paid mailbox providers.

  2. Wilson

    Hey Ankit, thanks for putting up this blog. I love the way to have given the step by step guidance. It will be helpful for many email marketers who are quite new to it.

  3. Pierre

    Ankit, I think it is truly commendable of you to do think kind of research and bring such great information for your readers. I’ve forever been living in the world of cpanels. So delighted to read about the cost effective options. Sad to hear that Google Apps Mailbox and Microsoft Mailbox have gone paid. But glad that one option is still open -Yandex.Mail. Will definitely check this out!

  4. Pierre

    Ankit, I think it is truly commendable of you to do think kind of research and bring such great information for your readers. I’ve forever been living in the world of cpanels. So delighted to read about the cost effective options. Sad to hear that Google Apps Mailbox and Microsoft Mailbox have gone paid. But glad that one option is still open -Yandex.Mail. Will definitely check this out!

  5. Betty Cox

    Hey! Thank you very much for this information. Working in this field, I know how difficult it is for everyone to access a paid mailbox. Yandex is really a great alternative for the same. Also, the way you explained the procedure was really helpful.

  6. Benjamin Jones

    Adding an external mailbox to the domain name is very essential when a hosting is not configured with the domain name. I didn’t know that we could configure free mailbox from Yandex. Thanks for enlightening us about this!

  7. Brandon Price

    This post is so good that I have no choice but to share it. It’s worthy to draw attention to the fact that Indeed Google apps mailbox or Microsoft mailbox for domain are most famous external mailbox but it is sad that they have become paid hence configuring it wit

  8. Jeremy Hughes

    This post is so good that I have no choice but to share it. It’s worthy to draw attention to the fact that Indeed Google apps mailbox or Microsoft mailbox for domain are most famous external mailbox but it is sad that they have become paid hence configuring it wit

  9. Edward Morgan

    Hey this is a useful article! Yes, there are many email services other than Gmail and Outlook with the same quality, one of them is Yandex.Mail. The best thing about this is that Yandex offers 1000 email accounts with our own domain for free.

  10. Annie Reed

    Yes, we can use Yandex.Mail for our domain free of charge for successful communication between the employees of our company.

  11. Louise Parker

    Yandex is a convenient interface for supervising mail accounts for blocking mailboxes of dismissed, changing passwords and the creation of mailboxes for new employees and so on.

  12. Shirley Cook

    It’s interesting to read the article about Yandex, as it is one of the best mailboxes. I like it as it offers 1000 email accounts with our domain for free.

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