Email · Hosting

What are people using these days for to host domain and emails?

Meetul Shah

September 10th, 2013

I know gmail was popular when it allows you to host your domain for free and gave you up to 10 email accounts. I guess google has stopped it. 

What are the good options to host your own domain and get free email accounts that support imap or pop3?

Thanks,
-Meetul.

Stephen Packer Lead Developer at Lettuce Box LLC

September 10th, 2013

Namecheap.com offers free email forwarding when you use their free DNS hosting service. http://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/546

Using that, you can create up to 100 email forwards to wherever the person wants the emails to go (gmail, aol, etc.).  Gmail makes it easy, and supports adding the external email as an alias so outgoing emails get send as the domain email address: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/22370?hl=en

This is definitely the "bootstrap" phase tech.  Once you get more people, going with a paid solution has too many advantages compared to the "el-cheapo" version.

Jeevan Koneru Software Developer

September 11th, 2013

Check out namecheap.com. I can't yet speak for their hosting services, but have used them for domain registration/parking and email hosting. Don't have any complaints so far. They usually have good reviews on the web.

Anonymous

September 10th, 2013

Zoho mail is the only "good" free email hosting I've found.  

In the paid category, FastMail is popular, Rackspace has a $2/person service that has gotten good reviews.  Brad's suggestion of Office365 is great as well.

Danny

September 10th, 2013

I use Google Apps for business. Ends up being $5 per user account per month, at this time. -Danny

Brent Goldstein

September 11th, 2013

I really like iwantmyname.com for domain name registration. They provide a great service, no up-sell, and have quite a few of direct add-ons for integrating. They also provide web forwarding, which makes it easy to redirect to any number of other services directly, like a landing page, blog, etc.

For email I'd second Zoho. It's not exactly gmail, but it's one of the few options that supports custom domains on their free tier.

-Brent

Anonymous

September 10th, 2013

For dns I use amazon route53. Really reliable and very efficient. For domain registration I like pairnic, good service no ads and private domains come as standard, been with them for years and can't fault them. For hosting ill either build a vm, use amazon s3 for static site hosting or heroku.

Daniel Lo

September 10th, 2013

you didn't mention what you want to do with the email.   you may want to consider outside US mail servers as the government has been snooping around...  not saying outside is any more safer.

Anonymous

September 11th, 2013

For domains, I use IWantMyName ( http://iwantmyname.com ). I transferred 14 domains of mine from GoDaddy to IWantMyName about 6 months ago due to terrible service. For hosting, I, exclusively, use Media Temple ( http://mediatemple.net ) ... they're awesome. For emails, I use both Google Apps and Outlook.com (the new one), and as much as I tend to dislike Microsoft products, I would actually say that I love Outlook.com more than Gmail. Also, Outlook.com is actually free, but I think it depends on the amount of users.

Oleg Baranovsky CTO at Elluma Discovery, Inc.

September 11th, 2013

Here are some of our recommendations -- used with various clients:

1. Email:
  - There are only two viable options IMHO: Google Apps or Microsoft Office 365. Used a bunch of other tools around, but those were riddled with various issues...
  - Zoho Mail -- if you really need a free option...

2. DNS (nameservers): 
  - Amazon Route 53 is the best option by far, no brainer choice if you are planning to use AWS in any form...
  - DNSMadeEasy.com could be a good alternative...

3. Registrar:
  - name.com
  - badger.com
  - namescheap.com

4. Hosting:
There are tons and tons of hosting companies out there, but shared hosting usually has some inherent performance and reliability issues. Nowadays it is much easier to just open the tiny AWS instance and run your site there. Depending on what you need to run there. If you have a blog or WordPress site, consider Wordpress.com, especially if you might expect some peak traffic...


Anonymous

September 11th, 2013

True. I'm kind of in bed with Google right now until http://www.mailpile.isgets built but even then once you've sent it to someone good old prism will come in and have a look at it, must be useful for insider trading. With regard to multiple accounts most domain hosters provide a facility for creating unlimited addresses though they tend to be heavily oversubscribed, bluehost being one of them. For Google I pay for their business plan for 3 users, ok its not free but the service is great and they do respond quickly to any queries, been in touch with their team in Ireland and California about merging some domains which they managed to do outside the usual channels.