Earlier this year, Google announced plans to provide Gmail hosting for domains. In other words, to host email services for users’ domains, using the Gmail UI as the mail front-end.
I dutifully signed up for the limited beta test, and forgot all about it. Then, a few days ago I happened to open my gmail account and noticed a message from 19 May saying my request to host email for apocryph.org was approved! I immediately clicked the link to set up the account, and after specifying an admin user and password and approving the ToS I was in.
Immediately I created an
anelson user and played around with the services provided. To my delight, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Talk are all included in the hosting package. Sweet!
I quickly found the MX records required to redirect email to Google, and made the changes in the FreeDNS control panel. The
[priority]:[hostname] form of the MX records was a bit foreign to me, but I pasted them verbatim into new MX records with FreeDNS and they worked fine.
Within an hour the changes had propagated and I was receiving mail to
anelson@ my domain, logged into Gmail! Needless to say I was pleased.
This was cool, but I also wanted Google Talk to work with my new hosting service. I easily located the necessary SRV records, plugged them into FreeDNS (again, verbatim), and signed into Google Talk as
anelson@ my domain. Sweet!
All in all, I’m very pleased with the Gmail hosting service. I’ve already requested it for my
nullpointer.net domain, so my users on that domain can benefit as well.