Email has become a necessity in today’s life. Without an email address, you are like a homeless person not able to receive letters being sent by the Banks, Govt authorities or from the relatives. There are quite a lot e-mail service providers you can consider for creating an e-mail account. You have free as well paid service that may cost you $10 or so per month. In my views the paid option doesn’t seem a good choice as long as you are not running a business and its a must to have a paid email account.
Things to be considered while registering an e-mail account with a service provider
As I said there are tons of companies offering e-mail account but before we select any of them, we must take certain factors into account. Whether its a paid service or the free one, these factors are utmost important.
- The user interface should be easy to understand.
- The service provider should have necessary security measures in place to protect e-mail account from hackers.
- Must have app for Android/ iOS/ Windows smartphone as more and more number of people using smartphones to access their e-mails.
- The e-mail service shouldn’t get down often. Its frustrating when you have to send an urgent email but you aren’t able to login to your e-mail account.
- The service provider allows to send atleast 10 MB (the more is better) file with e-mail as attachment.
- The service provider offers other basic features such as setting reminder, auto responder, sort or filter emails etc.
- Good support.
Among the free email service providers, we have www.gmail.com, Yahoo, Hotmail offering free email account for life with great feature (including all above I’ve discussed above) that even paid one would hardly offer. Personally, I’d suggest to go for Gmail.com as it is owned by world’s most advanced tech company Google and offers great features such as a powerful security to save your account from hackers, 25 GB free cloud storage and other associated services that will help you organise your documents on cloud. The benefits of storing documents on cloud, it gives you flexibility to access those documents from any part of the world.
Gmail.com is owned by Google (as discussed already) and offering free email service to the people for over a decade. The company regularly updates user interface, adds new features to Gmail and makes it more and more secure to save sensitive information you have sent through email from hackers.
Creating an e-mail account with Gmail is completely free that comes with lots of addon services that you can use for different purposes. It doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to create an account with Gmail.com and start using it. One of the biggest advantage of Sign up for an account with Gmail is, its pretty easy to use. When you sign up for a fresh e-mail account with Gmail.com, it walks you through the process and guides you how to compose email and other necessary features you should be aware of.
According to wikipedia, Gmail.com was created by Paul Buchheit in 2004 and available in 72 different languages. Till Feb 2016, Gmail.com have more than 1 billion users and its growing rapidly.
Gmail.com is the most powerful e-mail service with tons of features. It may take whole day if I start to discuss all the features of Gmail.com in this post, so I’ll discuss only some important features that everyone who registers an e-mail account with Gmail should know. Take a look:
1) Totally FREE
With all such benefits and features, any paid e-mail service provider would charge several hundred bucks per month but Gmail.com is completely free as long as you don’t want to use it for commercial purpose.
2) Great User Interface
One of the best thing that I like about Gmail.com is the user interface. I’ve used all the major e-mail service providers including paid ones being offered by hosting companies but never found as good as Gmail.
2.a) Compose – You can compose an e-mail by clicking “Compose” button from left hand side menu while still looking at all the emails you’ve received in your inbox. The page doesn’t get refreshed when you compose an e-mail, instead a small compose e-mail square box pops up on right below corner when you hit “Compose” Button.
You can see in above image, while I’m still able to see all the e-mail received, I can compose a fresh email – type recipients e-mail, give a subject line, attach a file/photo/link/emoji and even select fonts.
2.b) Easy Navigation – On the left hand size, you can see all the folders and people who are online on Google Hangout (I’ll talk about it). You can check Spam, Trash, Sent folder from left hand side menu including the one you have custom created.
2.c) Move to next page without refresh -If you receive tons of e-mail like I do, you can click the arrow just above e-mail tabs to check all the e-mails without refreshing page or closing “Compose” box.
2.d) Create new folder easily – From left hand side menu, you can create a new folder with a single click and name it as you want.
2.e) Move emails to folders easily – Just like creating folder is super easy, moving e-mails to these folders is easy as hell. Tick the e-mail you want to move and select folder from above menu (just above e-mail tabs) you want to move e-mail to.
2.f) E-mail tabs – By default there are three e-mail tabs you will receive filtered email in. However, you can add more tabs too based on your preference. The filter feature is so advanced that it automatically filter primary emails, social notification emails and the promotional e-mails in three different tabs separately.
3) 25 GB cloud storage
Gmail.com offers you to store your files on the internet (cloud) and access it from anywhere in the world. You can store upto 25 GB of data on cloud for FREE. The data you store in this is always protected by Google’s several layers security system.
4) Themes –
There are plenty of themes to chose from. Gmail have themes for different occasion and categories.
5) Super secured
Security is the most important factor. Being the top notch tech company, Google usages latest technology and features to secure all e-mail accounts of Gmail from hackers. There are several layers of security that the hackers have to break before accessing your e-mail account. It records IP address every time you login to your account with and in case any new IP is detected, it sends you email telling your e-mail was accessed from this particular IP.
It also tracks the browser you access your e-mail account from and sends you warning if you access e-mail from some other browser. The SMS or Voice call authentication helps to keep your e-mail account secured and recover it in case you forget password.
Gmail.com is the most reliable e-mail service provider. I’ve been using gmail.com for more than a decade and haven’t noticed the e-mail service went down for a even a minute. Gmail.com is backed by world’s most advanced tech company and hardly run out of service ever. This is the e-mail service provider you can blindly rely upon.
The smartphone has taken whole world by storm and become an integral part of everyone life. The things which used to be done by a computer, you can do it with your smartphone today. Whether you have to send an email, or edit a document or set a reminder, everything can be done with a smartphone. While the smartphone has become so important, any company which makes software will loose several customers if they don’t create app for smartphones.
Google is a leading tech company and it CREATES technology ! Gmail.com have app for every operating system be it Andorid, iOS, Windows, BlackBerry or any other. It is super easy to configure Gmail app with every smartphone however, in case you face any difficulty, get in touch with me via comment section of through email.
8) Google Hangout (gmail chat messenger)
Once you sign up for Gmail.com account, you enjoy the addons services as well. Google Hangout is one of those addon feature that let you talk to people who using Gmail.com too. You can send instant message to anyone that shows online directly from your Gmail account.
9) Start a blog
When you sign up for a e-mail account with Gmail.com, you can start your own blog as well for free. Blogger.com is a Google’s blogging platform that requires your Gmail’s account details for setting up a blog. This could be a great option if you are passionate about share your knowledge via blog.
10) Google+ social profile
Google+ is Google’s social platform where people share different stuff such as pictures, websites, videos etc. Once you sign up for Gmail account, you become eligible for Google+ social media profile as well. However, its totally optional ! There are several communities on Google+ where you can interact with people and learn new stuff.
11) Other features
- Set reminder
- Auto responder
- Arrange display density – Compact, Cozy, Comfortable.
- Filter or Block emails etc.
How to create Gmail account
Creating e-mail account with Gmail is super easy and takes no more than 5 minutes. Anyone with or without much technical knowledge can create account and start using it right away. I’ve written step-wise process below that you can follow and easily create Gmail.com account.
Step-1: Go to gmail.com and hit “Create an Account” link given at the bottom of this page.
Step -2: On the next page, you will be asked to enter basic information such as first/last name, ID you want to chose, Date of Birth, Password, Gender, Phone number etc. Fill the whole form and hit “Next” blue button.
Step-3: If all the information you’ve entered is correct and ID that you want to chose isn’t already taken, you will be taken to next page welcoming you for the first time for having Gmail.com account. In case the ID you’ve chosen is already taken, get back and try to enter one which isn’t already taken.
Step -4: It will walk you through various tabs to teach how to compose email and look for other settings. That’s all !
How to Login to Gmail.com
If you already have Gmail.com account, you can go to www.gmail.com, enter username and password to login to your account. Make sure you are using the correct email and the correct password otherwise it will not sign in. You can either enter full email or just the ID and password to login to your Gmail account.
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