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Email-only Providers? 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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  • Yahoo! Mail (Score:5, Informative)

    by rallymatte ( 707679 ) * on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:21AM (#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: (Score:2, Informative)

      by samkass ( 174571 )

      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 (Score:5, Interesting)

        by truthsearch ( 249536 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:38AM (#25121367) Homepage Journal

        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 (Score:5, Interesting)

          by Xiaran ( 836924 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:44AM (#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 (Score:4, Insightful)

            by electrictroy ( 912290 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @12:31PM (#25122459)

            >>>I feel that having GMail or Yahoo email domains on my business card isn't really a professional touch.

            I have both a yahoo and google domain for my email, and I don't feel ashamed by it. If my future employer or customer is that "stuck up" about something so trivial, then I don't want to deal with them..... they're more likely to make unreasonable demands or frequent returns. I'd rather just avoid those people.

            • Re:Yahoo! Mail (Score:5, Insightful)

              by rtb61 ( 674572 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @12:41PM (#25122649) Homepage

              Well I have to be honest with you, having any webmail service provider domain name instantly makes your company look amateurish from a prospective customer point of view, a real fly by night company. Don't be foolish register a domain name, a get your ISP to handle your email routing, most medium sized ISP's do it at very competitive rates and it is well worth the expenditure to create a more professional impression with potential customers.

              • Re:Yahoo! Mail (Score:5, Informative)

                by ckaminski ( 82854 ) <> on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @01:37PM (#25123713) Homepage
                I *AM* a one person company, have my own domain, and STILL use my free Gmail account as my primary email account.

                It's pretty simple to do actually, it just requires you to already *HAVE* an email provider to send a verification code to.
            • Re:Yahoo! Mail (Score:5, Interesting)

              by mapsjanhere ( 1130359 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @12:55PM (#25122919)
              Nothing to do with stuck up. I get about 20 requests for information per week from people "who found our company on the web and want to know more about our xyz technology". If the request comes from a generic mail provider, it gets the generic reply package. If it comes from a address it gets a custom reply, the right attachments and a follow up.
              First option, 1 min, second option 10 min. Cost first option, $2, second option $20. Since the split is about 5:1, that's savings of over $100 in my time every week.
              • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

                You just described what I consider "stuck up". I guess "elitist" is the non-slang term. The person behind the yahoo account (me) might very well be working for Lockheed Martin, and merely doing some work from home, and using his/her home account to ask some questions about product. Do you really want to "brush off" a potential sale to Lockheed Martin (me again) or some other purchasing agent for a major corporation???

                IMHO, you shouldn't prejudge people upon arbitrary & meaningless characteristics

                • Re:Yahoo! Mail (Score:5, Insightful)

                  by Xiaran ( 836924 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @01:39PM (#25123761)
                  Does Lockheed Martin not have a VPN and policies about conducting all company activities through company resources? Most of the large companies I have worked for do. Often for security reasons it is a disciplinary offense to discuss business matters via non company means. I have not worked for Lockheed Martin but have worked for (Australian) security and defense and financial service organisations in the UK and Germany.

                  Even if you were dealing with someone face to face I suspect you would get a lot more response as a potential client by saying you are representing Lockheed Martin than saying you are electrictroy uid = 912290 from slashdot(if fact you see a similar effect on slashdot... people with lower uids are often seen to be more impressive than higher... I once had a very lower uid but lost it due to neglect and really noticed the differene in mod points).
        • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @12:32PM (#25122465)
          Godaddy is the most wonderful mail server. You see, their spam filter blocks all my customers' e-mails. So, I don't have to do any work. The only problem is it leaves me with a lot of free time during the hours of 9-5. Fortunately for me, Godaddy's spam filter also let's all those viagra and penis-extension and stock tips come through to my inbox so I can fill those empty hours responding to the offers. So, Godaddy is working out well for me.
      • Re:Yahoo! Mail (Score:5, Informative)

        by anotherone ( 132088 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @12:02PM (#25121795)

        Stay away from GoDaddy's hosted email, if you care about actually receiving mail that is sent to you []

      • GoDaddy? (Score:3, Informative)

        by Snap E Tom ( 128447 )

        For God's sakes, why in the world do geeks still use GoDaddy? I honestly don't understand. Every other month, there's some story about GoDaddy's sleazy tactics like shutting down a domain or stealing a domain, yet geeks still use them. It's not like we're a ma and pa with an interweb page to promote our scrapbooking business. We all know how GoDaddy operates, we all know we're putting our domain at risk when we use them, and yet, for every story that hits the front page of ./, digg, or reddit, I run int

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by MrLogic17 ( 233498 )

      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

    • Re:Yahoo! Mail (Score:5, Informative)

      by JTorres176 ( 842422 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:55AM (#25121677) Homepage

      gmail actually has small business options, my girlfriend's domain is directed to gmail, her mail comes through gmail and leaves through her domain. Her website, email, everything is handled for no charge. My main employment also has gmail handle our mailservers, we're on the paid plan for support, however it's very reliable and still pretty cost effective. []

  • My domain (Score:5, Funny)

    by MyLongNickName ( 822545 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:22AM (#25121021) Journal is where I would go.

  • Fastmail (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Lazar Dobrescu ( 601397 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:22AM (#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 (Score:5, Informative)

      by ThinkingInBinary ( 899485 ) <> on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:25AM (#25121087) Homepage

      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 (Score:5, Informative)

        by BarryJacobsen ( 526926 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:34AM (#25121279) Homepage
        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 (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @01:22PM (#25123439) Journal

        The webmail is the old-school bit -- no AJAX

        This, of course, is a feature. Not only do they not use AJAX, but they even provide a non-javascript version which works great with the text browser of your choice.

      • Re:Fastmail (Score:5, Informative)

        by howardjeremy ( 241291 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @07:24PM (#25129139) Homepage

        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.

        And apparently the owners read Slashdot. Oh wait, that's me! ;) OK, so that makes me a little biased...

        But I should add to your comments above that a new interface full of Javascripty goodness is on the way - it should be in beta in the next couple of weeks. You can see a mockup here: [] (some things like the images on buttons aren't working in the mockup). There's lots of keyboard shortcuts, like '/' to search, and '.' to bring up an action menu. And of course, being FastMail, it downgrades gracefully - so if you don't have Javascript you can still use every feature.

        To find out what other folks are saying, see this thread on the (independently run) FastMail forum: []. It has over 300 comments about the service, written over the last seven years.

    • Re:Fastmail (Score:5, Informative)

      by Charles Dodgeson ( 248492 ) * <> on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @12:21PM (#25122221) Homepage Journal

      I absolutely recommend fastmail []. Fastmail is the system that I would have liked to design. They really understand IMAP and they have the only webmail interface that doesn't make my skin crawl. I am extremely picky about email (I professionally set up email systems for small and medium sized businesses, and I've been a happy fastmail customer for about seven years.

      Even if you don't pick fastmail, you should get your own domain name that you use for email. Typically your domain registrar will allow you to set up forwarding to whatever addresses you wish. This way, you aren't locked into your ISP or other email hoster if you wish to change. If I stopped liking fastmail tomorrow, I could easily switch to another provider by just changing a few DNS records. I've had ISPs and hosting companies screw up my mail before, and I enjoy the freedom to switch if necessary. Though I don't anticipate switching from fastmail whom I've been with for about seven years.

      Let me also state why one shouldn't use your ISP's system. Your ISP doesn't win or lose customers by the quality of their email service. For them, email is nothing but an added expense which they run because they "have to" and because it creates a lock-in opportunity. This also applies Gmail. Who knows what their business model is, but keeping email customers happy probably isn't the core of it.

      Free services (yahoo, gmail, hotmail etc.) have the caveats of free services: You get little support; Terms and Conditions change more rapidly than most others; advertisements; crappy IMAP support; and they are used by spammers leading to all mail from those services being more likely to be filtered. Fastmail does offer a "free" (advertising supported) service, but I've never used that.

      There are some competitors to fastmail. You should look them up as well. The last time I seriously looked at these (2004) to provide a recommendations for a client, fastmail was still the best bet IMO.

      Other than being a happy customer, I have no connection to fastmail.

    • Re:Fastmail (Score:4, Insightful)

      by fsterman ( 519061 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @12:26PM (#25122331) Homepage

      Yeah, Fastmail is insanely cool. They have a very refined (albiet oldskool HTML) interface that works VERY well.

      They are incredibly geek friendly, you can pass you own scripting to the spam filters, lots of aliases, manipulating the email from fields, accessing IMAP over non-standard ports, they were among the first to offer mobile access, etc, etc, etc! Everyone I have set up on it is very happy.

      And for $20 a year, you get REAL support!

  • use gmail? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Keruo ( 771880 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:23AM (#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? (Score:5, Informative)

      by josath ( 460165 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:27AM (#25121129) Homepage

      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? (Score:5, Informative)

        by Albanach ( 527650 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @12:04PM (#25121833) Homepage

        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

        For folk thinking of doing this, please make sure any SPF records [] for your domain list google as an authorised sender. Otherwise a lot of mail you send will be going to /dev/null

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by lewp ( 95638 )

        Do the forward thing. It's trivial to have Gmail use your "real" non-Gmail address for the From line, just check the options. will take care of the actual forwarding for ~$7/yr if you want to get rid of responsibility for handling SMTP entirely. Those guys are great, by the way, so toss them some cash. I did it for years.

        If you have other gripes about Gmail, maybe Yahoo or Hotmail can do it. The only thing the webmail provider has to support specifically is handling the From line. The r

      • Re:use gmail? (Score:4, Interesting)

        by darrylo ( 97569 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @12:37PM (#25122571)

        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

        They often do know.

        Outlook detects gmail's changed address, and displays the from address as: on behalf of Joe User []

        So, while you can change your gmail "From:" address, outlook neuters it, and makes you look rather unprofessional. Of course, this only affects people who read mail via outlook. However, if you're trying to change your email address, you're likely sending email for business purposes, and business users are likely to use outlook.


    • Re:use gmail? (Score:5, Informative)

      by thebryce ( 1076543 ) * on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:32AM (#25121243)
      Here's [] another good write up on using gmail for your personal domain's email
  • Rackspace (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ironsides ( 739422 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:23AM (#25121047) Homepage Journal
    Check out Rackspace. You can get just email from them or email and server space if you want. []
  • easy one. (Score:5, Informative)

    by shawn(at)fsu ( 447153 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:23AM (#25121049) Homepage

    that was too easy []

  • 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?

  • by richy freeway ( 623503 ) * on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:24AM (#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!
  • Runbox (Score:4, Informative)

    by denominateur ( 194939 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:25AM (#25121081) Homepage

    I'm quite happy with

  • ...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 (Score:3, Informative)

    by rumith ( 983060 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:25AM (#25121097)
    Google has a service just like that [], for free. You only have to supply your own domain, they do the rest.
  • Still Google Apps (Score:5, Informative)

    by INeededALogin ( 771371 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:26AM (#25121127) Journal
    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: (Score:2, Informative)

      by zabby39103 ( 1354753 )
      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?
  • (Score:2, Interesting)

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

  • (Score:4, Informative)

    by greed ( 112493 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:28AM (#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.

  • by phorest ( 877315 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:28AM (#25121155) Journal

    Just ask Sarah Palin! c/o

  • 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.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by anotherone ( 132088 )

      Stay far, far away from GoDaddy for email hosting. GoDaddy's email hosting is set up to bounce any messages that contain a URI for a page hosted with certain competitors. I am not joking [].

  • by mcsqueak ( 1043736 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:28AM (#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.

  • Domain (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mcgrew ( 92797 ) * on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:30AM (#25121215) Homepage Journal

    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 (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    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.)

  • 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.

  • 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, i

  • 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. []

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

    Do the editors not have spellchecks?

  • 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 c

  • by hobbit ( 5915 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:37AM (#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?

    • by Fox_1 ( 128616 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:46AM (#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?".
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by smoker2 ( 750216 )
      Just fucking gargle it !
  • 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

  • by Areyoukiddingme ( 1289470 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:39AM (#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: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by hobbit ( 5915 )

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

  • by protobion ( 870000 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:41AM (#25121411) Homepage

    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.

  • by H310iSe ( 249662 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:41AM (#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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • by psicic ( 171000 ) on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @11:51AM (#25121591) Homepage Journal

    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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