It is pretty easy to set up Outlook with your domain but we did run into some issues due to our silliness and with this tutorial perhaps it would go smoother for you.
Before you can setup your custom domain with Outlook.com, there are a couple of things that you need.
- You obviously need to have a domain. You can purchase a domain from any registrar.
- A Microsoft account to use as your admin. This is the account that will be used to manage your domain(s). You can register an account from http://live.com
- You have to be able to create custom DNS records. For this to work, you specifically need to be able to add MX records.
Once you have everything in order, you can start setting up your domain to use with Outlook.com.
- Click on add a domain.
- Enter the domain that you want to set up.
Once you have entered the domain you want to set up, you will be brought to a screen to prove ownership of your domain.
We basically set the following according to Outlook\’s setup instructions.
- Mail setup (required)
- Server trust (recommended)
- Messenger configuration (recommended)
If you have created the MX record through your domain registrar correctly, there is no need to prove your domain ownership and that step can be skipped.
After verifying ownership of your domain a couple more options appear that you can test out. Some of the options are as follows:
- Turn open membership on
We have not tried them yet and if you have, do drop us a comment on what you think.