Are you looking to set up a professional branded email address with Outlook?
The Microsoft 365 Business Premium plan allows you to use your domain name to create a business email address using Outlook. It provides a more professional look when sending emails, and you get powerful features like spam protection and better security.
In this article, we will show you how to set up a custom branded email address with Outlook.
What Is a Professional Branded Email Address?
There are many ways you can create a professional email address. You can use the built-in mail server that comes with most WordPress hosting companies.
This will work for most starter websites on a shoestring budget. However, it lacks several critical features like better spam and antivirus protection, enhanced security, easy account management, and more.
If you want the powerful features mentioned above, then you’ll need a professional business email service that works with your existing business name or domain name.
What Is Outlook.com?
Outlook is an email service offered by Microsoft. You can create a free ‘[email protected]’ account to use the service.
However, if you want to create a professionally branded email address with Outlook.com, then you will need to sign up for a Microsoft 365 Business Premium account.
It is a paid service starting from $6.00 per user/month. It includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage and the latest versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for your PC or Mac.
At WPBeginner, we use and recommend Workspace or G Suite by Google for business email addresses because they are more cost-effective. We also prefer Google Cloud since our team is familiar with Gmail and other Google Apps.
For more details, you can see our comparison of G Suite vs. Office 365 to learn how it stacks up against Outlook.com.
That being said, let’s take a look at how to create a custom-branded email address with Outlook.com.
Signing Up for Outlook Premium with Microsoft 365
First, you need to visit the Microsoft 365 website and sign up for the ‘Microsoft 365 Business Premium’ subscription.
It is the only subscription that includes support for custom domains. To start, simply click the ‘Buy Now’ button.
You will have to enter your email address in the next step. This could be your existing work or school email.
Once you’ve entered the email, click the ‘Next’ button.
It will then check if the address is already associated with a Microsoft account or if you need to create a new one.
Next, you will be asked to provide personal information, like your name, business phone number, company name, company size, and country.
After entering these details, go ahead and click the ‘Next’ button.
On the next screen, you’ll need to verify your business phone number.
You can select to receive a text message or receive a phone call to get the verification code.
After verification, you will be asked to enter a password and domain name.
You can click the ‘Next’ button when you’re done.
From here, you’ll need to select the number of Microsoft 365 Business Premium accounts you want.
After that, click the ‘Add payment method’ to continue.
Microsoft will now ask you to select a payment method, like a credit card.
Go ahead and enter the payment details to complete the signup process.
After that, you will land on the Office 365 dashboard.
Setting Up Outlook Email with Custom Domain
In the dashboard, you’ll see different tools and apps offered by Microsoft under the Office 365 suite.
The left-hand sidebar is filled with shortcuts to the various services and apps that you get access to with your subscription.
Next, you can click the ‘Apps’ option from the sidebar menu.
More tools will now appear under Apps. Go ahead and select the ‘Admin’ option.
Next, you will see the ‘Microsoft 365 admin center’ at the top of the page.
From here, you can select the ‘Set up email with a custom domain’ option.
After that, a popup window will open where you’ll be asked to use an existing domain or buy a new one.
Simply click on the ‘Use a domain you already own’ button.
After that, a setup wizard will open to help you configure a custom domain with Outlook.
The first step will give you an overview of the steps you need to follow. Go ahead and click the ‘Continue’ button at the bottom.
On the next screen, you will be asked to enter the domain name you want to set up.
After entering the domain name, click on the ‘Continue’ button.
Microsoft will now look up your domain name.
After that, it will ask you to verify ownership by adding information to your domain’s DNS settings.
To do this, you need to open a new tab or window in the browser and go to your domain’s settings page. Depending on your domain registrar, this page will be located in your account. You need to find the DNS settings option.
If your domain is registered by your WordPress hosting company, then you will find the domain’s setting in your cPanel dashboard labeled as ‘Zone Editor’ or ‘DNS Zone Editor.’
Note: If you are a SiteGround user, you will not have cPanel. You will find this in the Domain section of your Site Tools dashboard.
For this tutorial, we will be using the Bluehost dashboard. To begin, you can go to Domains » My Domains from the menu on your left. Then click the ‘Manage’ dropdown menu and select ‘DNS.’
Next, you will have to scroll down to the ‘TXT’ section in the DNS settings.
Go ahead and click the ‘Add Record’ button.
From here, you’ll need to enter the TXT details. These include the host record, TXT value, and TTL time.
You can easily find this information in the Microsoft Office 365 tab.
Once you’ve added the details, click the ‘Save’ button.
When adding a DNS record, make sure that the information you enter matches the information displayed by Office 365.
Next, you need to switch back to the Microsoft Office 365 admin portal and click on the verify button.
Office 365 will now check for DNS records to verify that you own the domain name. DNS verification can take 5 – 10 minutes because, sometimes, your DNS settings will not be updated right away.
After verification, you will be asked to set your new branded email address. Once that’s done, simply click the ‘Update and sign out’ button.
Next, you’ll need to sign in again using the new branded email address you just added.
Once logged in, you’ll see more records to add to your domain and connect to Outlook email.
The email exchange needs three DNS records to work with, including an MX record, a CNAME record, and a TXT record.
Once again, you will need to go to your domain’s DNS settings page and add these records individually.
If your website already had an MX record, then it will be replaced with this one. This ensures that you can use Outlook’s mail servers to send and receive emails from your custom domain email address.
After that, you have a TXT record, which helps prevent someone from spoofing your email to send spam.
Lastly, you have a CNAME record, which lets software like Outlook discover and connect to email service.
Simply add a new CNAME record in Bluehost and enter the details from the Microsoft dashboard.
Once you have entered all DNS records, you can go back to the Microsoft Office 365 tab and click the ‘Connect email’ button.
Office 365 will now check your domain DNS settings. Note that it could take 24 – 48 hours for TXT records to be verified.
Once everything checks out, you’ll reach the end of the setup.
In the last step, you’ll see a summary of your configuration. Go ahead and close the setup wizard.
That’s it! You have successfully set up your domain name to work with Outlook.
Adding Custom Branded Email Address in Outlook
You are now ready to create custom domain email addresses using Outlook.
From your Office 365 dashboard, go to Users » Active Users.
Next, you’ll see a list of your active users.
Go ahead and click the ‘Add a user’ option.
On the next screen, you need to provide the user’s personal information and then choose an email address.
After entering the details, simply click the ‘Next’ button.
Then, you’ll need to select a geographic location for your user and assign a product license.
In the Microsoft 365 Business Premium plan, you can assign up to 25 licenses. When you are done, simply click the ‘Next’ button.
Microsoft also offers additional settings for new user profiles.
For instance, you can select a user role and grant access to the Admin Center. There is also an option to add profile information, like job title, department, office, and more.
These are optional settings, and you can leave them blank as well. When you’re done, simply click the ‘Next’ button.
Lastly, you’ll see a summary of the new user you just added. You can review the details, make necessary changes, and then click the ‘Finish adding’ button.
You’ve successfully added a new user and created a branded email address in Outlook.
You can now log in using the email address and password you created in the earlier step to use your new professionally branded email with Outlook.
You can also install Office 365 apps on your Mac and PC, including Outlook. This will allow you to use your branded Microsoft Outlook business email address with offline access via the Outlook app.
We hope this article helped you learn how to set up a professional branded email address with Outlook. You may also want to see our article on the best SMTP providers with high email deliverability and how to start a WordPress blog.