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Email-only Providers?

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the not-nothin'-but-net dept.

Communications 601

Amiralul writes "I feel that having GMail or Yahoo email domains on my business card isn't really a professional touch. Yes, I do have a work-domain email address, but it lacks IMAP and it's rather non-responsive from time to time, so I choose not to depend on it for the time being (the previous mentioned free services are actually more reliable). Besides buying a domain and using Google Apps on it (which isn't actually intended for home users), I was thinking on having a domain of my own and choosing a commercial email provider that should provide just that: email (POP3, SMTP, IMAP, with a decent storage space). I don't need storage for my website, I don't need an ugly web interface (if provided and looks decent, maybe I'll use it, but it's not a must-have). If it's free, it's ok, but it doesn't bother me if it has a decent monthly or annual fee. So, do you Slashdotters know any providers that would satisfy my email-related needs?"

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HOTMAIL (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25120995)


Yahoo! Mail (5, Informative)

rallymatte (707679) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121009)

Yahoo! Mail [] will be able to do that for you as well for $34.95 /year.
Only problem might be if Microsoft ends up acquiring Yahoo!. You'll end up with a webmail looking like MSN Hotmail.

Re:Yahoo! Mail (2, Informative)

samkass (174571) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121135)

GoDaddy [] offers this service much cheaper, I think, with at least as many features. If only I could make heads or tails of their site anymore... it's so fully of crap these days it's hard to find the actual stuff you want to buy.

Re:Yahoo! Mail (4, Interesting)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121367)

GoDaddy's email service is horrible. It's ridiculously slow. Besides, you're lucky if you can order it before having seizures caused by their web site.

I've had clients use Fusemail with positive results.

Re:Yahoo! Mail (4, Interesting)

Xiaran (836924) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121453)

Here to second you about godaddy - slow and unreliable. I have some mail take ~ 6 hours to get thru to me for some reason. We are changing as soon as we get some time in our schedule.

Re:Yahoo! Mail (1)

Corlynn (1180199) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121469)

GoDaddy.... *shudder* no.. just.. no. I was drawn in by their low prices (and my lack of knowledge, or willingness to do any research) years ago when I first started hosting my own domains. after 6 months, I knew it was a mistake. after a year, when I tried to move, I was given ample proof that I was right. honestly, stay away, and save yourself a lot of time, effort, and probably money.

Re:Yahoo! Mail (3, Informative)

MrLogic17 (233498) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121305)

I have my own domain (~$15/yr), with super-cheap hosting ($8/m). Take your pick- for E-Mail you almost can't go wrong.

Setup your domain with a POP account, use GMail to pull & filter the spam.

It works for me. Accessable anywhere (work, home, travel), and you get your own spiffy domain that looks better than a

My domain (4, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121021) is where I would go.

Re:My domain (0, Redundant)

neuromancer23 (1122449) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121257)

GoDaddy is by far the best. Try it and see.

Re:My domain (0)

Fishead (658061) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121393)

I use Mailinator. Sounds real manly (like terminator), can get it anywhere, no annoying password restrictions, and pretty much any common word is available.

My address is fishead(at) (address obfuscated to trick spam bots)

Fastmail (5, Interesting)

Lazar Dobrescu (601397) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121029) [] is still around, for a reasonnable 40$/year, and is a very good option which provides pretty much any feature you might want...

Re:Fastmail (5, Informative)

ThinkingInBinary (899485) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121087)

I jumped ship from Gmail to Fastmail back when Gmail didn't have IMAP, and I've liked it so far. They're a fairly powerful, old-school mail provider -- they give you SMTP, POP, IMAP, and webmail. The webmail is the old-school bit -- no AJAX, but you can edit Sieve scripts and do lots of other fun stuff from the Options screen. I recommend them.

Re:Fastmail (5, Informative)

BarryJacobsen (526926) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121279)

I've been using them for about 3 years now - I started out on the pay once plan and I've since upgraded the cheapest yearly plan (mostly for extra aliases). I've NEVER had unexpected down time, and only once has there been any downtime for me (a scheduled server upgrade that they notified me over a week in advance of; I think it was on a Sunday and only for an hour or two - no incoming mail was lost, I just couldn't access my mailbox). The sieve scripts are wonderful for automatically handling e-mail and the spam filtering has worked a charm (no spam has made it into my inbox as long as I've used them; a few false positives - all mailing lists that could very easily have been flagged by others as spam - but those are easily corrected with a single "mark as not spam"). The bandwidth caps kind of scared me at first (since I had no clue how much bandwidth I was actually using for e-mail) but it turns out I've never even come close to using half of what they've allotted me. Overall I've been very pleased with them.

Re:Fastmail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121197)

second vote for fastmail. does everything you want and more.

Re:Fastmail (0, Offtopic)

timbck2 (233967) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121385)

Reply to "un-moderate" accidental moderation.

Your ISP ? (1)

OeLeWaPpErKe (412765) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121037)

Surely it must do this ... All the big ones do.

The only thing that might be problematic would be the "decent storage space" bit. But even there most isp's are good, and if they're not ... change ?

Re:Your ISP ? (2, Informative)

sdpuppy (898535) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121259)

Problem with using the account(s) that your ISP provides is that it makes it difficult to change your ISP or when you move and the same ISP is not available.

In addition, the poster wanted a domain name and, at least the ISPs that I know about, do not provide domain name.

use gmail? (5, Informative)

Keruo (771880) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121045)

Gmail supports mail for your own domain aswell. See here []
It also supports existing domains so you don't have to register new one.

Re:use gmail? (5, Informative)

josath (460165) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121129)

Yes, either use gmail for your own apps (Google Apps for domains is fine for home use, there's no restrictions), or just forward your work email address to gmail. You can change the From: address in gmail to be your work email address, so the people you talk to wont even know it's being forwarded

Re:use gmail? (5, Informative)

thebryce (1076543) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121243)

Here's [] another good write up on using gmail for your personal domain's email

Re:use gmail? (1)

rallymatte (707679) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121417)

I think he did say in the original post: Besides buying a domain and using Google Apps.

Re:use gmail? (5, Funny)

Free the Cowards (1280296) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121565)

Yes, but that was stupid.

Re:use gmail? (1)

VoyagerRadio (669156) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121515)

Yes, but isn't that Google Apps? The OP explicitly stated s/he is not interested in "buying a domain and using Google Apps on it". Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Re:use gmail? (5, Insightful)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121571)

Yes, but the OP was also under the wrong impression that Google Apps is not intended for home users.

The thing is that it satisfies every single need the OP has. It's free, as reliable as anything else you'll find, supports IMAP and has a decent webmail interface to boot. The only reason not to go with it is if you have some kind of objection to the company.

easy one. (4, Informative)

shawn(at)fsu (447153) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121049)

that was too easy []

gmail (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121051)

Gmail will also do this for you. Most domain hosting companies can do email as well, while most don't do Imap, a few offer MSExchange (Yuck) if you're into Outlook (not so good).

Seriously, why is this on Slashdot?

Re:gmail (1, Insightful)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121595)

You're right. Why is this here? The Slashdot crowd will simply whore out gmail, fastmail, or dreamhost.

I'm surprised at this, actually. 8 years ago I would have seen more DIY solutions instead of everyone just whoring out Google.

Google? (1)

doooooosh (1124823) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121059)

Google? []

Hook your domain up to Google Apps. (4, Informative)

richy freeway (623503) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121065)

I run my domain through google apps. Works well. You can have as many accounts as you need, 6gb mailbox, etc etc. []

Give it a go, it's free!

Re:Hook your domain up to Google Apps. (2, Informative)

oahazmatt (868057) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121193)

I agree. I've been using Google Apps for a few months now. Never had an issue.

took me about 20 seconds of googling (1)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121067)

link1 []

link2 []

GMail provides email domains for business (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121077)

Google already provides this service for free [] . If you want more features, you can pay for it.

Runbox (3, Informative)

denominateur (194939) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121081)

I'm quite happy with

Google Apps? (1)

Nicholas Evans (731773) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121083)

...and what exactly is wrong with Google Apps not being intended for home users? It has everything you want (big, reliable email with IMAP) and more. You just don't have to use the other 90% of the features. So?

Google Apps (1)

hobbit (5915) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121085)

You answered your own question.

Running your own domain isn't exactly "intended for home users". Google apps makes it easy to get your domain email through a decent webmail interface. What's the problem, exactly?!

Google Apps (2, Informative)

rumith (983060) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121097)

Google has a service just like that [] , for free. You only have to supply your own domain, they do the rest.

Re:Google Apps (1)

oahazmatt (868057) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121593)

Actually, they'll also register the domain for you if you like. (1)

Jordan (jman) (212384) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121115)

I have been using for years and it is quite good. It's reliable, and has a full featured ajax interface. It also has an HTML version for slow connections. It supports POP and IMAP. The price has gone up in the last few years, but it is still decent. Their base plan now comes with 10GB of email storage.

Still Google Apps (5, Informative)

INeededALogin (771371) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121127)

besides Google Apps

So ignoring the most obvious free solution is a good idea. Google is popular for a reason. Setting up Google Apps takes about 10 minutes, you don't even need to host your domain(you can do it with just access to DNS) and it never goes down. Enabling POP/IMAP takes only a few minutes and you are done. The only reason not to use google apps is if you are paranoid about people looking at your emails. If that is the case then you should be setting up Postfix or Sendmail.

Re:Still Google Apps (2, Informative)

zabby39103 (1354753) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121267)

Exactly... I use Google Apps on several domains. It's free, it has IMAP/POP, it has a killer web interface, and it's easy to set up. I don't see why Google Apps is not intended for home users, it's as easy as they could possibly make it. What else could you possibly want? (2, Interesting)

Inakizombie (1081219) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121143)

Actually my company used [] and they provided a decent e-mail setup. Might be worth checking out.

Yahoo personal address (1)

jsailor (255868) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121151)

For a few years I ran my little side business using Yahoo's personal address service. It may have changed, but at the time it was $35/year. However, if you procure and maintain your domain through another entity it is only $10/year. You get Yahoo's unlimited storage and the web/POP3 (not sure about IMAP). You gain the benefit of Yahoo's reasonably good spam filtering, excellent (and free) integration with Blackberrys (if you need/want it), and you can also assign up to 4 other accounts. I believe it's targeted at individuals who want to get a domain with their own name, but it was very inexpensive and very effective for my mini-business. (3, Informative)

greed (112493) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121153)'s "MailStore" has outbound secure SMTP relay, IMAP and POP3 access, as well as webmail. Plus their excellent anti-spam stuff.

I've never used that, but I've been using their forwarding service since 1999. Originally to my ISP's mail account, and later to a SMTP server on my home LAN. (From which I run my own secure IMAP and webmail service.)

It's not free. I think that's a feature. I don't want to be a "product" sold to advertisers, I want to be a customer.

Seeking Advice? (4, Funny)

phorest (877315) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121155)

Just ask Sarah Palin! c/o

GoDaddy (1)

thehickcoder (620326) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121163)

I know some of the negative things about GoDaddy have been mentioned on Slashdot.
But, I have a few domains registered with them and they include a free (I think it is 1GB now) email account with a domain purchase. I know they support POP3, SMTP, and have a nice web interface. I am not sure about IMAP.
They have upgrades to better (non-free) accounts available as well. (1)

SupplyMission (1005737) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121169)

Check out Dreamhost [] .

They have a promotion on right now where a pretty good plan is only $6/month. Normally it's about $10/month. They provide webmail, POP and IMAP email access. Over the 5+ years I have been a customer with them, they have been exceptionally reliable.

They also have tons of other features you might never use, but are good to have available just in case. This includes stuff like Subversion repositories, SQL databases, easy to install web apps (WordPress, Joomla, and a few other popular apps), video streaming, etc.

Just use Google Apps (5, Insightful)

mcsqueak (1043736) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121175)

You are making this far to complicated for a simple email issue. Just use Google Apps. They have a free version for people just like you. The reasoning that Google Apps "isn't actually intended for home users" is silly at best. It's EXACTLY for people like you.

It's incredibly easy to set up and will provide you with a "professional" looking email address. [] Just sign up for the standard version.

email (and more) host (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121185) with your own domain name. imap email, huge storage, cheap. Had them for most of a year and absolutely no complaints. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121191)

I have been using tuffmail for about two years now and they have IMAP service. It's been good. I don't use a custom domain but it shouldn't be hard to get one with them.

Email Forwarder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121205)

Why not setup and email forwarder in the DNS management for your domain to a Gmail address then in Gmail you can configure to be able to send email from your forwarded domain. Best of both worlds.

Wrong. Gmail IS professional. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121211)

The whole reason for the complex invitation system is so that it WOULD be professional. Just think of someone famous who uses Gmail and pretend to yourself that they invited you, maybe half by accident.

Domain (3, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121215)

What's wrong with buying a domain? I don't have one now, but I've had a few in the past. They're dirt cheap. If all you need is an email address, my old host will register and host a domain for fifteen bucks a year and forward your mail.

You can set it up so multiple addresses get forwarded to different places. With, I'd have my mail go to my ISP email account (at the time and my daughter's to her yahoo email. went to and went to her email account at yahoo (I don't use insight any more and the site has lapsed; I got bored with it).

You get 5 megs of space for a web site, too. I used them for,, and a few others. They've all lapsed, but if I decide to open another web site I'll use my old host/registrar, I was very happy with them.

Try (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121217)

Hushmail ( can do all this plus handle your personal domain for one or many users. The upside is that Hush uses end-to-end encryption, so you can read your mail with strong security, even using their web client. Try it for free... (standard disclaimer... I don't work for them, etc.)

GMail or Zimbra will do t he work for you (1)

pacificleo (850029) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121219)

you can try Gmail's UI + Storage for your own domain name is the link for you or you can also try out Zimbra

Use Google Apps (1)

Roxton (73137) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121235)

Let me add my voice to the resounding consensus and say that you should just buy a domain and use the free version Google Apps. It's easy to set up, and it's a really great mail solution.

gmail unprofessional? (1)

hellfire (86129) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121239)

I'm not so sure I agree with the idea that gmail is that unprofessional. With yahoo I get your point. Yahoo feels kinda kiddie, everyone has a a yahoo address, and sometimes they get blocked by spam systems, etc. Gmail doesn't quite suffer from the same issues, and, at least for a while in the beginning, having a gmail address was a geek badge of honor, even though everyone could get one. Basically if you are dealing with anyone remotely nerdlike I'd say your gmail address isn't a bad thing. However, if you are dealing with nontechies or suits then yes you are probably going down the right road. I just wanted to throw that out there in case it could save you some time.

Roll Your Own? (1)

mpapet (761907) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121261)

Search terms "imap email hosting" delivered a bunch of hits, this being one of the first. [] Chances are excellent there's a smaller provider and a little hungrier providing the same service a few pages back.

Otherwise, roll your own. I've got a *great* DSL provider who had no problem hosting my own mail server. ( You need a static IP and something as simple as the NSLU2 should do great. [] DSPAM + Postfix + Dovecot IMAP and a few hours learning Postfix. At this basic level, it isn't rocket science.

I've contemplated setting up a service for individuals like yourself, but I don't see what I could provide that's special besides sieve support and overtly supporting Evolution, kmail, and Thunderbird. Any recommendations are welcome.

Cheap provider (2, Informative)

No2Gates (239823) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121265)

I use for $12.00 per year. It has 20 email accounts and web hosting. I've only used it for 3 months so far, but have been happy. []

Email Forwarding (1)

MarcAuslander (517215) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121269)

Most registrars (I use godaddy) provide email forwarding. I have a domain for email - I can forward any id in the domain to anyplace. There is a wildcard address for all ids not explicitely forwarded. Most get forwarded to either my or my wife's gmail account.

mailtrust (1)

clay_buster (521703) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121271)

They used to be known as They provide IMAP, POP and a nice web interface. It comes with 5 mailboxes, calendar, mail aliases. I think I paid $5/year to use their DNS console so I can point at my dynamic IP address for a web server. They don't "do dynamic IP". I check to make sure the entry is correct every couple weeks/months.

Anual? (1)

mu51c10rd (187182) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121275)

Almost thought the submitter was ok with an anal fee for a moment...

Do the editors not have spellchecks?

google reads your mail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121281)

why is everyone using gmail?
the actually read you email.

Re:google reads your mail (1)

hobbit (5915) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121377)

They actually do. Why do you think they have so many employees? There's a heck of a lot of email out there to read.

After 8 years trying different email providers i.. (1)

SectoidRandom (87023) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121293)

Now have just completed moving all my personal domains to Google Apps.

I had never even had a gmail account before (always using IMAP / SquirrelMail via most recently), but after testing out the Google Apps Gmail I was instantly sold.

- The BEST IMAP implementation I have seen in 8 years! Beats imapd, cyrus, Exchange IMAP anyday!
- 6 GB free, but I'm just about to upgrade to 25GB for peanuts.
- The gmail interface is slick! So much so that I have now actually given up on using an IMAP client 90% of the time!


PS. I don't work for Google - I actually work for one of their competitors!

Re:After 8 years trying different email providers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121477)

gmail has BEST IMAP now? You must be kidding.

I am sure it will get there, and it is nice they are supporting it, but their imap is quite slow and not as reliable yet as a real imap server.

This feature is still experimental and I would not depend on it imho.. But they will get there, as with everything else. sigh

Google not for home users? (1)

raulcito (114054) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121295)

That's a broad statement that makes no sense. Google is PERFECT for the home/small business user.

Tuffmail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121323)

I switched to two years ago and am very pleased. 100% uptime so far and there is never any lag. Webmail is pretty much your choice of squirrelmail or imp. I would highly recommend them. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121325)

This is one of the few decent free email providers left, and this should meet your needs.

As per the name, they have sort-of a clue about security. But, since they're javascript only, it's rather contradictory with their name.

Still, I've used it and it's a reasonable service. You have to pay to get the extra features.

I'm already using a solution to your problem (1)

Scorpinox (479613) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121329)

I own a couple domains that I'm currently using exclusively for e-mail. I used, it provides e-mail forwarding to my g-mail account for 5 bucks a year. Plus, my g-mail account can mask the "from" on outgoing e-mails so it looks like I'm using my domain to everyone on the outside.

That sounds like exactly what you're looking for.

Fastmail (0, Redundant)

wrwetzel (543389) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121335)

I have been using Fastmail for several years and love it. Well worth $20.00 per year for the benefits it provides. Try it for free until you bump into the limits, then pay.

How should I quench my thirst? (5, Funny)

hobbit (5915) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121341)

I'm getting really thirsty, and wondering what to do about it. Besides drinking fluids (which are generally used by professional athletes), what do Slashdot readers think I should do about my problem?

Re:How should I quench my thirst? (3, Interesting)

Fox_1 (128616) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121481)

Well based upon my years of consuming and expelling fluids I can tell you with assurance that the best solution "Drinking fluids like athletes" is obviously the wrong one for you. I would advise a direct shunt into a large vein - there are some nice ones in your legs and neck. Through this shunt you can pump a nutrient solution directly into your body, bypassing that clumsy mouthpart. With a little lube and a tube we can also address that "Where should I go to the bathroom problem of yours?".

Nothing wrong with gmail or yahoo (1)

Xzzy (111297) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121345)

I think you're digging a bit if you think that printing or on your business card is "unprofessional". They're common names, most people will be familiar with them, and they're easy to remember.

With the domain space as crowded as it is, you're probably not going to get your idea domain name, leaving you to be identified as "" or something. Whatever it ends up being I guarantee it's not going to improve anyone's opinion of you.. and good luck reciting that address over the phone if you ever need to.

I've used my own domain for email for nearly 10 years now, and it always takes a painfully slow recitation for someone to get the address down correctly, which is irritating to both them and I. If I ever actually did any business under my own name, I'd probably simplify things with a gmail account.

Re:Nothing wrong with gmail or yahoo (1)

hobbit (5915) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121463)

You're quite right that "" has probably been taken. But I'd be surprised if you could get "" or "" either :)

Real men host their own e-mail (3, Insightful)

Areyoukiddingme (1289470) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121379)

What is all this pansy-ass nonsense about GMail and Hushmail and This is Slashdot you cretins! Install Linux on a Pentium II and host your domain and e-mail yourself with exim with greylisting enabled.

I do.

With better uptime, better spam filtering, and more storage space than the 'professional' hosting company that handles my office e-mail account.

GMail.... services.... pfft. I'm ashamed of you people...

Re:Real men host their own e-mail (2, Insightful)

hobbit (5915) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121509)

Real men also build their own houses, plough their own fields, catch their own buffalo, direct their own episodes of "24", etc.

If you've got the knowledge for it (1)

Corlynn (1180199) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121401)

vpslink [] will give you a full linux environment of your choice to set up as a mail server (or whatever else your little heart desires) and at $7/mo. You can't beat the value if you want any sort of flexibility/control over your mail.

if you DON'T have the skill/desire to run your own,,, or any of a host of others are available. But really, go with google apps. Its simple, it works, its reliable, lots of storage, etc etc.

Unless you're a google hater, then you can pay someone else for what google gives you for free.

dotster (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121403) offers an email only hosting plan. I use it and have very little problem with it. Was $12.95/yr last time I checked. (1)

blanford_robinson (1318599) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121407)

offers e-mail forwarding on your domain for about $7.00/year

But Gmail can consolidate... (3, Informative)

protobion (870000) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121411)

Eh ? Just use Gmail to consolidate your accounts using IMAP/POP using the Mail Fetcher or via forwarding on your own work account. Add your work email address/any other email addresses to Gmails list so you can use it to send email from this address. You can also use the labels to differentiate accounts.

And that should be it. Gmails interface and benefits for all your accounts at once, and only one account to check.

I do this with my work address : which offers IMAP and forwarding, and my University address which offers only POP and it works like a charm.

been doing this for clients for years (4, Insightful)

H310iSe (249662) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121413)

Here's what you need -

Set up your DNS with (you can use them as a registrar if you wish, I highly recommend them, but they offer free DNS even if you don't register the domain with them!) and use their mail forwarding service (mydomain is somewhat rare in offering this as part of their free DNS) instead of setting up a MX record.

Create a gmail account and set up an alias for the domain including reply-as.

Done! Totally free, pretty easy, and very reliable.

Sorry I don't have time to do a walk thru of each step I imagine others here can fill in the details...

Luxsci, Mailstreet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121415)

I use both of these for different purposes.
Luxsci is very geeky and sound like what you are looking for.
MailStreet offers features such as blackberry \ windows mobile support, which I feel is a must for business communications. Both are extremely reliable providers with very mature systems.
Both offer spam filtering from MXLogic (the best).

May Slashdot have mercy on my soul... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121419)

AOL offers free email hosting on your domain. You also get access to IMAP and their craptacular webmail interface. (And most people won't know your email is running off of AOL's servers... unless they take the time to read email header logs)

forward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121421)

what about a plan and simple email forward? from your "business address" to gmail?

Look for SDF or other public access Unix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121441)

SDF [] , Silence is Defeat [] , and other providers that come up if you search for "public access unix" should fit the bill. The price for basic E-mail should range from free to a few dollars a month, and other services like DNS and domain registration should be pretty easy to set up. The best thing of all is that these systems usually have a nice community of users and one or more admins who can give personal attention to whatever services you're paying for. I have some personal experience with SDF, so I can say with some assurance that it is a nice community, the way more of the Internet used to be.

Try Hosted Exchange Environments! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121467) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25121471)

Geekisp has a couple of email-only plans [] . $30 a year for standard email, and $50 a year for one with a separate domain.

I hate to say it (1)

MrSmith0011000100110 (1344879) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121493)

I really hate to say it because I worked for them, but HostMySite( has 2 packages that I know would work for this situation.. 1 being a blog plan(like $5/mo) which gives you a free domain and email(along with a useless blog that can be used as a website) and an "email only" plan that gives you a free domain and email with no webspace for like $10/yr . Either way they're both cheap and sounds like what you're looking for.

I use (1)

niola (74324) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121495)

I use a service called - allows me to have my own domain name, they support both IMAP (my preference) as well as POP.

They also support secure IMAP/POP/etc. over SSL.

Good service overall and have not had any problems over the last 2.5 years or so that I have been using them.

Industry Square (1)

MrAngryForNoReason (711935) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121497)

I get my email hosting [] from a company called Industry Square. They are a smallish hosting outfit but the reliability is good. They don't offer a lot of space but after trying a few companies I got sick of servers going down all the time and slow support response. Industry Square are pretty quick on support and not had a server problem that I have noticed in the last year or os. Not sure about IMAP though as I only use POP3.

Tuffmail (1)

dokebi (624663) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121521)

I used to host my own personal email, until it became too much of a hassle. Among the many out there, I settled on, as they have really amazing spam filtering, as well as low rates and reliable service. Their smtp grey listing is really amazing.

I don't have anything to do with the company, except being a happy customer.

Another option (1)

sampablokuper (1222756) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121543)

I've used 123-reg before for domain registration. They seemed okay. Haven't used their email services, but [] would seem to do what you want for 83p/month.

GoDaddy, ZoneEdit, and Gmail pop3 (1)

zippy40 (737906) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121545)

Buy a domain name from GoDaddy, set it up through ZoneEdit DNS(5 free), then have ZoneEdit mail-forward to your Gmail account. Your POP3 client (Thunderbird) can then connect to your Gmail acct and look like your sending and receiving email from your domain. Works great!

I recommend SwishMail (1)

steevithak (1180195) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121559)

I know several people using SwishMail [] . They're a commercial provider but relatively inexpensive. They offer POP3 and webmail (not sure about IMAP though) and they have a pretty good admin interface. And, if it matters to you, their systems are built on Free Software - FreeBSD, Apache, and PHP.

How about DirectNIC? (1)

yuna49 (905461) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121561)

They register names for $15/year and offer a POP3 service for another $10/year. I don't think they support IMAP, though.

See: []

DirectNIC is located in New Orleans and survived Hurricane Katrina. I've used them as a registrar for perhaps a decade now. Great customer service.

I wouldn't let any of my business customers set up a GMail account. Businesses need more privacy for their messaging than Google offers.

Gmail (1)

dredson (620914) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121583)

You don't need google apps to get the free gmail backend. I use it for my domain's mail and I get a boatload of mail storage.

Simple: (2, Informative)

psicic (171000) | more than 6 years ago | (#25121591)

Simple recommendation for op from my experience, use []

I've been with them years. Cheap domain names and ultra-cheap and user-friendly email plans that work with standalone programs or with a web interface.

Have a quick look at this page that gives a quick overview of accounts available: []

Reliable, fast (enough) and with all the features op is looking for.

I notice that their sales page now implies there's no calendar with their standard email packages - yet I have such a package and there is an online calendar app.

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