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  1. eva2000

    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

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    Google Apps and Microsoft Live Outlook email services are popular but are no longer free. My web page at How to setup free @yourdomain.com Email Accounts with Outlook Live Domains - Centmin Mod - Menu based Nginx installer for CentOS servers is very popular so time to bring the discussion onto the forums :).

    It's very important to have reliable @yourdomain.com email addresses especially if you intend to use https SSL for your domain (SSL - HTTPS as a Google ranking signal as domain validated SSL certificates also need verification via @yourintendedhttpsdomain.com email address to process your SSL certificate orders as well. There's a good article explaining why you may not want to run your own locally hosted email server.

    I listed some Google App and Microsoft Live domains alternatives on the web site include:

    What do you use for @yourdomain.com emails ?



    I was lucky enough to grab Google App free and Microsoft Live domains free services so that is what I am using myself. But if I had to now, it would be between a paid Google Apps Business account and Rackspace Email. Update: Actually, probably FastMail Enhanced plan looks better considering their respective sending limits.

    Google App Domain Aliases



    Also for folks already using Google App free @yourdomain.com email, you can also take advantage of domain alias support in Google Apps. So if you have mydomain.com setup on Google App free service and have a mydomain.net added as a domain alias to mydomain.com.

    This will allow username@mydomain.com and username@mydomain.net to go to same account. You can do this with other domains too. Which is great if already have too many email accounts to manage :) Details for Google App Domain Aliases at Add a domain or domain alias - Google Apps Administrator Help and their limitations at Limitations with multiple domains - Google Apps Administrator Help

    Free Email Forwarding at DNS level


    If you do not need full mail inbox support, you can also setup email forwarding from your domain registrar. Domain registrars like namesilo.com, internet.bs and namecheap.com offer free email forwarding as well. You can see some guides at:
     
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    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

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    cheap indeed, how could I of missed that heh

    have you used them ? don't see any preview screenshots of the web interface etc ?
     
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    I'm using them.
    Since January this year for my forum emails.
     
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    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

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    Definitely, will give them a try then for my future domain setup :)
     
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    One more free alternative with prettty good antispam: Yandex PDD (site's only in russian but there's english guide ).
    I use it and Zoho mail.
     
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    I was using Outlook.com (they are still active, but can't add any new addresses to them). I've just moved all my accounts to Rackspace and I'm very happy with them. Would have left them with Outlook.com, but there is no guarantee they won't just turn them off.
     
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    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

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    Yeah when i first heard Outlook live domains would stop being free and to prevent existing users adding usernames, I bulk added all the usernames I would ever need to my existing domains before hand :D
     
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    I tried using the Office365 business as well, but there was far too much bloat that I didn't need.
     
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    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

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    I haven't tried Office365, bulk of my domains use Google Apps free edition, only a handful use Outlive Live domains free edition.

    Still need to do research on email hosting though as I still have plenty of domains for projects which haven't started yet so they don't have an email service chosen yet :)
     
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    By the way, they limit to 500 mails per hour on that plan.
    So it's not sufficient on me, Mandrill is my hero ;)
     
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    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

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    on all plans or private only ? business ?
     
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    I'm on the private plan.
    I think limits are the same regardless of the plan.
     
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    Guess as @Matt posted, Rackspace Email might be more suited then for @yourdomain.com emails
     
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    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

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    looks like Rackspace Email has an even lower limit http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/bulk-email-policy

    looks like for forum mass mailings Mandrill or Mailgun are better suited still !
     
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    what reading up on Fastmail's pricing and limits at https://www.fastmail.fm/help/ourservice/pricing.html and https://www.fastmail.fm/help/account/limits.html

    So for a FULL account $20/yr has 4,000 daily limit, 2,000 hourly limit and 1,000 emails 10 minute interval limits. On their Enhanced account $40/yr doubles those limits at 8,000 daily limit, 4,000 hourly limit and 2,000 emails 10 min interval. Their Premier is $120/yr and has 4x times the limit of FULL account at 16,000 daily, 8,000 hourly and 4,000 at 10min interval.

    @RoldanLT can't seem to find namecheap's email limits ? https://www.namecheap.com/support/k...u-have-any-restrictions-on-sending-out-emails ? edit: ok think this is it https://www.namecheap.com/support/k...p-private-email-and-web-hosting-email-service

    Seems Fastmail has better sending limits on their FULL and higher plans. Fastmail's limits are even better than Google App Business plans https://support.google.com/a/answer/166852?hl=en ! Google App Email has 2,000 daily limit !

    Ah Fastmail only offers domain hosted email on Enhanced and higher plans so US$40/yr ! https://www.fastmail.fm/help/receive/domains.html
     
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    Yeah 500 email limit per hour is not sufficient to me.
    That's why I used Mandrill ;)
    Mandrill is also very cheap without a limit and very reliable email service.

    Right now, I'm paying an average of $3-5 USD per month or $20 USD per 6 months.
     
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    I think namecheap's 20 emails per 10 min interval is the more restrictive one compared to Fastmail Enhanced plans 2,000 emails per 10 min interval.

    Yeah Mandrill for smtp transactional mails is cheap. I'm just thinking of regular everyday email support @yourdomain.com, seems Fastmail Enhanced plans probably good for that and some start up sites :) So use mandrill for smtp forum/site transactional emails + use Fastmail for @yourdomain.com emails :)