Zoho was founded in 1996 as a network management framework provider for large and enterprise class customers. With the rise of Web 2.0 and social technologies, Zoho decided to enter this field, and launched online productivity and office tools called Zoho Office including word processor, spreadsheets, calendar, contacts lists, wikis, CRM, planners, presentations, Mail, and other business oriented programs, nearly all of which are completely free to use. Zoho products are currently classified under three categories: Collaboration applications, business applications and productivity applications.
- Collaboration Applications: Zoho Chat, Zoho Connect, Zoho Docs, Zoho Discussions, Zoho Mail, Zoho Meeting, Zoho Projects, Zoho Wiki.
- Business Applications: Zoho Assist, Zoho Books, Zoho BugTracker, Zoho Campaigns, Zoho ContactManager, Zoho Creator, Zoho CRM, Zoho Invoice, Zoho LiveDesk, Zoho Marketplace, Zoho People, Zoho Recruit, Zoho Reports, Zoho Sites, Zoho Support, Zoho Survey, Zoho Vault.
- Productivity Applications: Zoho Calendar, Zoho Notebook, Zoho Sheet, Zoho Writer, Zoho Show, Zoho Office for Microsoft Sharepoint.
Zoho Mail is an email service that gives you ability to check emails via POP and IMAP access. Instant messaging that is integrated into Zoho Email is another feature that you will take the advantage of. The nicest part of using Zoho Email is to be able to get an email address for your own domain, completely free of charge. For example, assume that you have a website with the URL of www.xyz.com where xyz.com is your domain, and that you created an account on Zoho Mail with the username of Info. In this case, your email address will be email@example.com.
Here is how to sign up for Zoho Email
Click on this link to go to the Zoho Email sign up page. When you get there, you will see the “Get Started” button. Click on that button to see sign up options. If you would like to create a free account, click SIGN UP button in the Free & Ad-Free section. From now on, there are three steps to be followed. First, you will add your domain by putting your domain name in the field (Provide the domain you already own) and clicking Add Domain button on the domain setup page. Then, you will be directed to the Sign Up page including the following fields:
Zohomail ID: Enter the username part of the administrative email account. The username you pick will show up in front of your domain name. For example, if you pick “info” as your username, your email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org where xyz.com is your domain name.
Password: Enter a combination of at least eight numbers, letters, and punctuation marks. You can follow this link to generate a safe password.
Confirm Password: Re-type your password.
Contact Email: Enter an email address that will be used to communicate with you during the initial setup process.
Word Verification: Enter the word that appears next to this field.
After you fill out the above fields, click on Sign Up button to go to the next phase. When you click Sign Up button, you will be taken to the Confirm Details page. At the bottom of this page, you will see a link to verify domain ownership. Click on that link to go to the Zoho Mail Suite. Check all information related to your account, and click on Verify button if all the information looks correct.