Now, I want to start hosting client “brochure” sites – low monthly cost – and I do want to separate email hosting from website hosting — so why can’t I just purchase another hosting plan from my hosting company and run email-only accounts there? I could probably run 100 email accounts on a single $30/month plan this way. So, same hosting company but on different physical server.

After three calls to Hover tech support, who were very good and answered quickly, and another trip to mxtoolbox we found the problem. Someone had blacklisted our domain, otherwhen.com. Please let me interject, I send a lot of email, but I don’t spam. Ever. The blacklisting agency, SorbsBL, had a good, if somewhat tedious, form on their web site where I was able to explain I didn’t spam. They agreed to remove me from the blacklist.
Well, if a small company has 10 people and each needs their own email box and the company itself needs several email boxes (and assume that aliases won’t work well for them) you are talking a couple of hundred USD a year. We do what we posted above… we run some Linode servers and push email to an inexpensive hosting plan at a good ISP. The web is on Linode, the mail on the ISP, it works well. And if you want to break it apart further, you can use smtp2go.com for outgoing mail. It is rather inexpensive.
An example here is the rapidly growing trend of "inbox zero." It's actually known by a variety of names, but it refers to the practice of keeping your email inbox count at zero stored emails. Essentially, it's dealing with every email as it comes in and then deleting or archiving each one so that your inbox is always empty. This boils down to a fundamental shift in how users are utilizing their email inboxes.
This depends on a web host and a plan. Most plans will allow running scripts in languages such as Perl or PHP. Some plans will also allow you to compile program in C/C++ and run them. Some Unix plans will also allow you to run "cron" which enables you to automatically execute programs or scripts at a specific time and date. However to get a full control over all aspects of your server, you will need a dedicated or co-located server instead of a shared plan.
This is something we harp on a lot here at HostingAdvice: Free isn’t always a good thing in the world of web hosting. While it’s human nature to search for the free option first, you’re likely to be disappointed by the limited server space, nonexistent support personnel, and obnoxious onsite advertising if you take that route. That’s why we typically encourage coughing up a few measly dollars per month for quality (see below). However, there are a select few providers, including 000webhost and x10hosting, that actually offer decent free hosting services. Our #1 pick for free hosting with email accounts, however, is listed below. Click the links to check out our review.

The company's entry-point pricing is extremely low, and while this will buy you up to three years of very low-cost hosting, do be aware that its post-promotion price will increase substantially, putting its subsequent year pricing more in line with the rest of its competitors. That said, we liked its 24/7 phone customer support, SSD support on some plans, and 30-day money-back guarantee.
The company's entry-point pricing is extremely low, and while this will buy you up to three years of very low-cost hosting, do be aware that its post-promotion price will increase substantially, putting its subsequent year pricing more in line with the rest of its competitors. That said, we liked its 24/7 phone customer support, SSD support on some plans, and 30-day money-back guarantee.
When it comes to server operating systems, Linux is typically the default option. Still, some services offer a choice of Linux or Windows hosting. If you have specific server-side applications that require Windows, such as SQL Server or a custom application written in .NET, then you need to make sure your web host has Windows hosting. But don't let the idea of a Linux host intimidate you. Nowadays, most web hosts offer a graphical interface or a control panel to simplify server administration and website management. Instead of typing at the command line, you'll click easily identifiable icons.
Things are probably more complicated than that, though. As a recent survey conducted by market research firm Statista clearly shows, email is one of the most popular apps for mobile devices across most organizations and even consumers. Given how many workflows, business processes, and just plain important communications take place over email, this is one area where you likely shouldn't skimp.
Things are probably more complicated than that, though. As a recent survey conducted by market research firm Statista clearly shows, email is one of the most popular apps for mobile devices across most organizations and even consumers. Given how many workflows, business processes, and just plain important communications take place over email, this is one area where you likely shouldn't skimp.
The web hosting provider got bonus points for its policy of performing regular daily backups, even on the lowest-priced shared hosting accounts. Be aware, though, that the promotional price on the low-cost shared hosting does go up after the promotional period. That said, Bluehost offers 24/7 phone support, a 30-day money-back guarantee, and SSH access for certain plan options.

Now, I want to start hosting client “brochure” sites – low monthly cost – and I do want to separate email hosting from website hosting — so why can’t I just purchase another hosting plan from my hosting company and run email-only accounts there? I could probably run 100 email accounts on a single $30/month plan this way. So, same hosting company but on different physical server.
This is something we harp on a lot here at HostingAdvice: Free isn’t always a good thing in the world of web hosting. While it’s human nature to search for the free option first, you’re likely to be disappointed by the limited server space, nonexistent support personnel, and obnoxious onsite advertising if you take that route. That’s why we typically encourage coughing up a few measly dollars per month for quality (see below). However, there are a select few providers, including 000webhost and x10hosting, that actually offer decent free hosting services. Our #1 pick for free hosting with email accounts, however, is listed below. Click the links to check out our review.
Mike makes a good point. You always have to weigh the entities of cost, time, and value. Take the small company that has a need for 28 email boxes for all of their domains and workers and contractors. Assume $15 per month per box… $15/mo x 28 boxes x 12 months = $5,040. To a small company that’s real money! If that company has better than average technical skills… well at least enough to run their own servers, is it worth $5K to run a mail server for the company? Again, it is a judgement call and not everyone will make the same decision.

One irritation to note about Hover: You have to also host your domain with them. For me, that’s not a big deal since I’m already using them as my domain registrar. However, if you’ve pre-paid for many years of domain registration elsewhere, that’s cash down the toilet if you transfer it to Hover (Thank you, reader Y, for showing me either a new policy or one I hadn’t noticed before).

The company also offers higher-end Windows and Linux servers, available with Plesk and cPanel respectively. We were very intrigued to see that the company offers low-end Atom-based dedicated servers as well as the more traditional Xeon-based machines. One great resource for those doing some basic experimentation, or site development, is that they have a free, three-month trial for one of their lightly-equipped Atom servers.

For those unlucky enough to choose an email host that doesn't have built-in spam detection, it can often be an ordeal to route email correctly through a third-party filtering service. Some businesses actually prefer engaging with a third-party spam filterer, mostly for compliance or customization reasons. But, for the majority of SMBs, this is headache they would be best off trying to avoid.


cPanel is a Unix based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site. cPanel utilizes a 3 tier structure that provides functionality for administrators, resellers, and end-user website owners to control the various aspects of website and server administration through a standard web browser.
Similar to the dedicated web hosting service, but the user owns the colo server; the hosting company provides physical space that the server takes up and takes care of the server. This is the most powerful and expensive type of web hosting service. In most cases, the colocation provider may provide little to no support directly for their client's machine, providing only the electrical, Internet access, and storage facilities for the server. In most cases for colo, the client would have his own administrator visit the data center on site to do any hardware upgrades or changes. Formerly, many colocation providers would accept any system configuration for hosting, even ones housed in desktop-style minitower cases, but most hosts now require rack mount enclosures and standard system configurations.
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