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Activating A Domain Email Address In Gmail My ISP does not allow me to set MX Records

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I am using Google Apps (obviously including Gmail)with two domain names I own, and in both cases I am very happy with it as in both cases, everything works smoothly and flawlessly.However, I have a third domain name, which I obtained free, and which is hosted with the company who provided it (years ago, they did that when you signed up with their hosting company).However, I am not really happy with their services, and above that, they charge me for receiving my email too (?3.99 a month).That is why I thought of (if I could) to start using Google Apps for that domain name as well, and switching it to Gmail, but the problem is: the ISP do not offer any server side services, so, for using forms for example, I have to upload them here at Xisto and then link to them from my website, I have no CPanel or anything, so, I do not see how I could change my CNAME or MX records.That is why I was wondering if it is possible in Google Apps, just to verify ownership of the domain by uploading that small textfile as required, and then to leave the MX Records alone.Is that possible, or will I have to move my domain to be hosted somewhere else? (Where I will obviously charged for it, but that might be cheaper than paying ?3.99 a month for receiving email, on top of all, with a not so brilliant service).Then again, if i did that, I would be paying for multiple domains, but if there is no other way, that is what I would consider.So, does anyone know if what I wish to achieve is possible, or will I have to switch hosting companies, or, if not, does anybody know a different solution to my problem?Thanks in advance.

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yea, i use google apps for a few of my domain and you shouldn't have to do both. one or the other is sufficient. you can also change your cname and that can be used to verify your ownership as well.one last option is to ask your domain host to change the records for you if you don't have access to a control panel or a way to change dns recordsfinally, i will even give you a fourth option to recieve mail. if you have a gmail account and want to link a new domain, to verify, all you need to do is forward the domain to your gmail account when linking accounts. this option doesn't make use of google apps though as per your thread request.i wouldn't trust any company that didn't allow me to change my own dns records though. think about transferring the domain name or dumping it all together. i don't trust it. plus, you got it for free. what can you expect :)check your who is records to find out if you actually really own it.edit: i just woke up. forgive me. those are the options to verify your account. to USE it, you would have to at the very least change your mx records and wait a day to 2 days while the changes propogate. so just verifying your account with a text file wont do you any good if you can't change your dns records. is this domain so worth it you need to keep it? if so, maybe you shoulda just bought it through xisto. you can always transfer it here :) but please make sure you actually own it first. some companies like to say they are giving away free domain for a year, but they trick you by purchasing it under their own name

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Hi anwiii,one thing I am sure of is that I own my domain.I get a Nominet certificate every year.However, the company (Madasafish, formerly Freenetname) only offers some webspace and that's it, in order to get to your email you have to connect through their broadband, or, in the past, their dial-up.If you connect through a different ISP, as I mentioned, you have to pay ?3.99 a month to be able to receive your email.Unfortunately, I have had this domain since 1999, years before I even heard of Xisto/Xisto, and it was a great thing, as domains still used to cost an arm and a leg in those days.But, as you say, I think the best thing will be to contact them and ask how much it will cost me to transfer my domain to Xisto.(By the way, I am not sure I have found this on Xisto - Support, do you know the charge for domain hosting at Xisto by any chance)?And, yes, the domain is important to me, it is the one I use for my website about my private music tuition, and the domain name has been known for years now, so I think it is best to keep it.Anyway, thank you for the advice, i shall start looking around what my options are.

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