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

Brad Schneider Technology Investor at Adaptive Management

September 10th, 2013

I've been using Microsoft's Office365 and it works very well. Very simple to administer.

Sal Uryasev Lead Data Werewolf

September 10th, 2013

Google email is still not particularly expensive, coming it at $50 per user per year. I would argue that the convenience easily outweighs the cost. For hosting your domain you could use Heroku. You get one free dyno, which should be sufficient for most simple low-profile sites. Then, if you for some reason need to scale up, you can also easily turn on some non-free dynos.

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.

Alfy Louis CEO | Board Director | EVP Sales & Go To Market

September 10th, 2013

Hi Meetul, I believe microsoft office 365 is the best and the cheapest way to go I have used them for few months now... Great service Regards, Alfy Louis Cell +1.408.858.0006 Office +1.925.272.9065

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.