You can create custom URLs for accessing your Google Apps services that might be easier for users to remember than the default service addresses. For example, with a custom URL, users could sign in to Gmail at mail.your_domain.com like firstname.lastname@example.org, instead of at the default addressmail.google.com/a/your_domain.com. You can create a custom URL for each core Google Apps service (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and so on).
Creating a custom URL requires logging in to your account at your domain host's website, not with Google. (You might have already done this to verify your domain, in which case you'll find the steps are similar.)
Custom URLs work only for user accounts in your primary domain. Users who sign in with adomain alias address or an address in any other domain associated with your Google Apps account must instead access services using the default URL. (See other limitations with multiple domains.)
To create a custom URL:
- Sign in to the Google Apps administrator control panel @http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/index.html
- Click the Settings tab and then select the service whose URL you want to customize.
- Click the General tab.
- In the Web address section, click Change URL. Then fill in the form to create a custom address, typing a prefix for your new web address. Some sample prefixes include mail, inbox,home, pages, calendar, events, and main.
To customize the URLs for all your services at once, you can instead click Change URLs for all domain services and fill in the form for each service.
- Click Save changes.
- Follow instructions that appear to create a CNAME record with your domain host. You must create a record for each service whose URL you're customizing. For example, to create the Gmail URL mail.your_domain.com, create a CNAME record that points mail toghs.google.com
- Click I've completed these steps.