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How to use a large mail box in real life?
01-13-2008, 12:54 PM
Post: #21
How to use a large mail box in real life?
You need mail service connected to your own domain if you want to use addresses in your own domain instead of tying your e-mail address to something outside your domain like an ISP or something, which is less portable and also (in my opinion) looks less professional. (If your company site is at http://www.yourcompany.com, which looks more professional for a contact email, info@yourcompany.com or yourcompany@aol.com [gag, vomit, retch]?)

I suppose this could be done by an external e-mail service with your domain MX record pointed at it, but it's easier to do through your Web hosting provider so it's all in one place.

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01-13-2008, 01:56 PM
Post: #22
How to use a large mail box in real life?
Quote:I suppose this could be done by an external e-mail service with your domain MX record pointed at it, but it's easier to do through your Web hosting provider so it's all in one place.
Yep, that's what I'm suggesting. I do admit that it's a little harder right now in that you have to manually set the MX record for the domains where you want to use an external email provider.

As eike says, firms specializing in email hosting are becoming *very* good at what they do. There are economies of scale and specialized email expertise that they develop which enables them to have an easier time in addressing the problems that web hosts only have limited time and resources to devote to. If we look particularly at the problem of spam, they've got solutions that are superior to anything that web hosting providers typically provide.

Even corporations are going ASP for email.

BTW, I'd argue that external email done right actually is easier than learning how to configure your email and spam filtering properly at each web host you have.

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01-13-2008, 01:59 PM
Post: #23
How to use a large mail box in real life?
Well, that's the age-old argument of "all from one provider" or "mix & match". Same could be said for domain registrations (and I PREFER registering with somebody other than my webhost, since that gives easier portability should problems arise), and an argument could even be made that having your access provider being the same as your hosting provider can be advantageous.

External mail service via MX-record-juggling is common enough. You can get it from most of the big email providers (IIRC gmail has an option for this as well), and it really helps if your mailbox is flooded with spam every which way Smile
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