I have a domain name registered and I want to be able to send and receive mail for some mail addresses @ mydomain. I'm talking about a small number of addresses, and small mail volumes (but I would like to be able to scale if needed).
I guess there are at least three options:
- Run a mail gateway myself (which I am well familiar with, but would prefer to avoid the hassle)
- Paying a web hosting company to run a gateway/host my mail accounts for me.
- Use a hosted email gateway services like AuthSMTP.
So my question is: what have you found to be the simplest and cheapest option? Are there other options to consider?
Thanks for the responses - overwhelming support for GoogleApps. I've tested this out, and as claimed by many - it rocks.
Best Solution - GoogleApps
Here's a summary of what I setup and how:
- Signed-up at GoogleApps. The "Standard Edition" is just fine for me to get email service.
- Next step is to validate your domain ownership by either posting a special file on a website running at the domain, or insert a special CNAME record in your dns entry
- Once the domain is validated, the chat, docs, calendar and sites features will be active.
- To enable Email, also need to configure the MX records for your domain
- I have a domain registered at http://whois.com, but it was just pointing to a domain parking page, so I first had to add the "Managed DNS" service to my whois account and change my nameservers from the domain-parking addresses to the whois.com nameservers. Seemed to take about a day for this to propagate properly before I could proceed.
- I added the special CNAME entry (as prompted by google) and told google apps to try and verify my domain ownership
- Then simply had to add the MX records as prompted by google.
- Presto - I'm sending and receiving mail from my own domain. Total cost - about USD3.88 for the DNS service I am using.
I believe you can get Google Mail for your domain for free via Google Apps. This includes IMAP support, if you want to use desktop mail clients. I haven't used the service, myself, so I can only assume it's as easy as defining Google as your MX after you sign up.
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