I’m close to moving my personal domain to DH (I administer a non-profit’s site here already), but I’m wondering if the way I want to handle e-mail is possible.
Right now, my domain is just a redirection to space I got free from my ISP years ago and the e-mail is simply a forwarding service.
I want to access my own e-mail via Gmail, but other family members simply get their mydomain.com e-mail forwarded to the addresses they have their respective ISPs (Earthlink and AT&T). Many of them use mydomain.com addresses and their “real” addresses interchangeably, so asking them to switch to just mydomain.com addresses and use Gmail instead of their current clients isn’t feasible.
Ideally, their mydomain.com addresses would simply remain aliases that just forward, but I assume I would have to set that up in each individual Gmail account I create. However, I know none of them will ever touch the Gmail interface, so, for example, they’d never check the spam folder, and I don’t want to be blamed for them not getting an e-mail.
Is there any way to have some addresses use Gmail and others serve simply as forwards? I’m guessing no.
Also, what kind of e-mail downtime can I expect during the migration to DH (and subsequently Gmail)? I don’t want to freak out my family too badly with this switch, but it’s really necessary since my current provider has just unacceptable spam filtering enabled (rejects spam from suspected IPs at their server without letting me review the flagged messages at all).