Gmail is building out the beta of its "Gmail for your domain" service.
The service was first unveiled in February. It allows organisations use and manage the Gmail service for their custom domains. Concretely, San Jose City College is providing its students and staff with sjcc.edu email accounts that are hosted by Google.
This however isn't just a solution for large organisations that want to get rid of their in-house mail servers. Individual domain owners too could benefit from this. Owning a custom domain for me has made migrating mail services and internet providers a painless experience, but domain specific email addresses tend to cost money.
Setup is a breeze, but there is one big issue that you need to consider before you switch: the service creates a new Google account for your custom domain. If you're currently using Gmail, your archived messages will be stuck in your old account, and Google (as of yet) doesn't offer any migration services.
Signing up for the beta only uses one page on Google
With the second past offering instructions on the changes that are required for the domain.
Your domain registrar has to support MX records (some registrars offer this only as a paid premium service!)
It all looks the same as a regular Gmail page, except that the URL includes "/hosted/" plus your domain name. Also, if you're the domain administrator, a link is added in the right top corner to "manage this domain".
You also HAVE to use a custom login page at google.com/hosted/yourdomain.com/
Also, what's a USB stick?
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