No affiliation here other than as a customer – but wanted to say I am very happy with Rackspace ‘cloud’ email so far, for my clients. One master account, as many domains as needed and 25G mailboxes for $2 per month (min $10 monthly fee). DKIM enabled, and they have a nice set of customized instructions for the client which tells them how to set up their outlook, mobile phone, etc. I love not worrying about email now. When I reach a threshold (forgot what it is…) I will qualify for “reseller” status at a discount.
It shouldn't come as any surprise that, like other hosting providers, A2 Hosting's unlimited plans aren't actually unlimited. They expect you to use their service like "similarly situated customers." This is like being on a highway. If everyone is going a few miles above the speed limit, you're probably okay, but if you're barreling down the fast lane past everyone else, you're probably going to be asked to slow down.
^ March 16, 1992 memo from Mariam Leder, NSF Assistant General Counsel to Steven Wolff, Division Director, NSF DNCRI (included at page 128 of Management of NSFNET, a transcript of the March 12, 1992 hearing before the Subcommittee on Science of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session, Hon. Rick Boucher, subcommittee chairman, presiding)
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.
Elapsed time from the start if the saga – 3 weeks of limited email functionality, 3 weeks of using my gmail account to get around my own server’s issues. I don’t like giving out my gmail account name. (As a hint, I keep it for things like this- when your server is down or blocked it helps to have an unrelated account. Think of it as your fire escape. AND it’s free.)

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All of this infrastructure has been built out to support the a wide range of hosting services. The family-owned company gains points for understanding the importance of transaction security by offering free AutoSSL and Let's Encrypt SSL encryption for its plans. While the company offers sophisticated services for technically strong clients, it also has a Weebly web builder option to get you up and running quickly. 


Watch out for the low-cost or free versions of SMTP service. I used SendGrid for awhile and found that their free version, as well as their low-volume paid plan, use shared IP addresses. Someone else was sending spam, which resulted in the IP address being blacklisted. With no warning at all, my emails were not going out. I only found out after reviewing the dashboard at my SendGrid account.
Hi, I totally agree about that configuring MX-records are really messy. Especially if you need to configure SPF/DKIM and stuff as well. Being a freelancer I handle setting up email for my clients quite often and I used to go for fastmail.com as well previously, now however I use https://flaskmail.com, a quite new email service that allows you to set up email on new domains automatically and without configuring DNS. And if you or a client already have a domain you can transfer it to iwantmyname.com and set up Flaskmail automatically from their awesome app market.

Thanks for this post Carrie. I’ve been trying to figure out how to use the email that “comes with” the hosting plan, without using the terrible webmail platforms. I don’t have the correct language, as I haven’t been really keeping up with the internet world for about 10 years now. I’m glad I know it’s a bad idea now. We have the legacy GSuite and I’m wondering if it’s worth it to upgrade, cause we need more space. So I was thinking am I double paying by not using my hosting? Glad to hear it’s a good idea to keep email and hosting separate.


The company doesn't list a virtual private server offering, but they bill their Elastic Sites service as a VPS alternative, offering the ease of use of a simple shared hosting plan and the performance and scalability of a VPS. GlowHost also offers a number of different cloud hosting plans, with special attention to providing enterprise-grade services.
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HostGator gained points for uptime monitoring and regular backups, along with free cPanel or Plesk. We liked that SSH is available for the more technically inclined site operators and that dedicated IP addresses could be purchased. We did take points off because it's sometimes difficult to tell what the price is once promotional plans run their course. That said, with a generous 45-day money back guarantee, there's a hosting solution for almost everyone at HostGator.


Many web hosting services offer a low "starting price," but require you to prepay for two or three years of service to get that price. After the promotional period, the renewal price for some web hosting services can be two, three, or even four times the initial promotional pricing. While the initial deal might be incredible, the cost of transferring your site (or paying the added fee) in a couple of years may be something to consider.
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Let’s skip that step and opt for a low-cost, high-quality service recommended by experts. Especially if you’re browsing for professional purposes, you must think of your hosting as a worthwhile business investment. Accept nothing short of ample storage space, free email hosting, 99.9% uptime rates, and (if desired) easy-to-use design tools to get a website up and running. Our favorite host to recommend for cheap pricing met with premium service is below.
Here are some of the reasons the company gets a top rating. They offer an all-SSD infrastructure. They have 24/7 telephone customer support in addition to the ticket, email and live chat support options. They offer a basic site migration, in that they'll unpack a site saved from another cPanel instance. They offer free SSL and free malware detection.

But, again, operationally they're quite strong. 24/7/365 customer support is available not only by live chat and email, but by phone. They offer free site migrations with some dedicated attention paid to making a transfer as smooth as possible. And, if you're willing to go for one of the higher-end plans, the company has put some serious attention into performance and caching.
I asked ServerHub to help. They told me that ZapBL was impossible to work with, they were lazy and used bad practices, like blocking a whole class B subnet. ServerHub gave me a sixth IP address at no cost. I had the great joy of editing my DNS records. The IP address wasn’t on any blacklists that mxtoolbox monitored. However, it was on Verizon’s private blacklist. As expected with any dealings with Verizon, the web form requesting removal was cold, impersonal and had no room for explanations of anything like, “I just got the IP address 2 days ago, I haven’t used it to spam and never will! Cross my heart and hope to spit!” Long story short, they sent a machine generated email that told me they were unwilling to take me off the blacklist.
While all the hosts atop our email hosting reviews tout reliable security features, SiteGround and InMotion lead the market when it comes to secure email hosting. As you’re comparing hosting plans, look for words like IMAP or POP3, SPAM filtering, virus protection, and 24/7 server monitoring. SiteGround and InMotion Hosting offer all of the above, whether you’re shopping for business or pleasure.
Your next major concern will be compatibility. It's not a shock that most businesses run on Microsoft Windows and use some form of Microsoft Office. Being able to use common third-party clients such as Microsoft Outlook can often be a concern, and even today, compatibility with Microsoft Outlook isn't necessarily guaranteed. This is especially true when sending and receiving meeting invites. It only takes one garbled meeting invite to realize how frustrating this can be in the real world. Even if using Microsoft Outlook isn't a concern, portability is. If the service is entirely web-based, then is there a means for me to take my email offline and send email when I connect?
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.
Many web hosts offer limited features in their starter packages and then expand the offerings (sometimes tremendously) for higher-tier plans. Read the small print to make sure the plan you are selecting offers what you need. If you need a site builder application to design your website, make sure that the low-cost web host you are picking actually comes with a site builder. Many of them require you to pay for the builder as a separate add-on. Website builders usually don't cost a lot of money, but if you can find a web host that includes one for free, that's money in your pocket. And, if it's integrated with your hosting service, you're more likely to have a smooth, supported experience.
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