Once you find a domain and buy it you then need to find a company to “host” that domain.
Hosting a domain is the only way to get your website working and sites such as google, msn and yahoo to find them. Usually the place where you buy the domain from will offer hosting and will charge you a very small annual fee to do so.
Once you find a hosting company you will be allowed to create your personal email address. For example you bought the domain name www.jonny.com.au, you will be allowed to create a number of email addresses such as firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. This is important to making your business look like a professional one.
Nothing is more unprofessional than trying to do business with a free email account such as hotmail, gmail or yahoo. Personalise everything you can to keep the focus on your brand or company name.
You have the option to let your website designer host the domain for you. The website designers most probably get a cheaper rate to host than you will as they usually host websites for other people which enables them to get cheaper hosting accounts. If your website desiger does do the hosting be sure to ask them to set you up with email addresses so you can send and receive emails.
Typically if you want to receive emails from a hosted account you need to direct the mail to the service provider you are looking to use. You don’t need to have Microsoft outlook to receive emails so ask your website designers how to receive emails on your free email account or directly from you can choose to do it from your hosting account.