I love Gmail. Living without the bloat of Outlook is perhaps the most productive improvement I've made in the last twelve months, but one niggle remained – "sent on behalf of".[more]
When you have a gmail account, for example "firstname.lastname@example.org", but use it to send an email from a domain specific email, such as "email@example.com" the recipient will see (in some clients, including Outlook) that the email came from "firstname.lastname@example.org sent on behalf of email@example.com" which isn't terribly professional.
I realise this is part of the official email specification, but it isn't optional and it's just so clunky. I want to make sure my clients know my email address as "firstname.lastname@example.org" and not my private gmail address.
Until recently there was no way around this, but Google recently added the ability to send gmail mail through a specific SMTP server per email alias. Problem solved:
- Log into gmail
- Click on Settings
- Click on Accounts
- At the end of your list of email aliases click "edit info"
- A pop-up wizard will appear titled "Edit email address"
- Click Next Step until you get to the page entitled "Send mail through your SMTP server?"
- Choose the second option: "send through thewidgetcompany.com SMTP servers"
- Specify the correct details for your own SMTP server, in the usual way (see picture below)
- Click "Save Changes"
It works just great, and my final gmail niggle is solved.