Email Authentication offers tools to prevent a spammer’s forged email from going in and out of your web server. This can occur when a spammer alters an email to make it appear that their sent message came from an email address that you host. Email authentication also helps prevent unwanted email and bounces that might occur from this “spoofing” practice.
I have been using Mandrill (from MailChimp folks) and have mostly liked it, however have seen some performance issues from the wpMandrill plugin and have recently started playing with the MailGun service (from Rackspace) for transactional emails… so far, MailGun seems to perform a bit better overall, lacks a few easy config options in the plugin options…

Until 1991, the Internet was restricted to use only "...for research and education in the sciences and engineering..."[1][2] and was used for email, telnet, FTP and USENET traffic—but only a tiny number of web pages. The World Wide Web protocols had only just been written[3][4] and not until the end of 1993 would there be a graphical web browser for Mac or Windows computers.[5] Even after there was some opening up of internet access, the situation was confused until 1995.[6]

I acknowledge your point from a budgetary perspective, but Hostgater is a web host first (and one could argue the quality of that). They’re not primarily an email host. To use a metaphor, why would you get your hair cut from the guy who mows your lawn? If email is a mission-critical component to a business, it should be handled with a professional service.
Now I’m going to have to figure out a different way to write this post. 😛 I was working on this. Anyway, I use Google Apps for Whatever and have been since 09, simpy because bundled email and hosting is a bad idea. I’m now working on convincing others why it’s bad and have done several separations/migrations over the last couple months. yay DNS, MX entries and Cname aliuses where appropriate.
If you’re a startup or a small- to medium-sized business, iPage offers low-cost options that are great for small or growing companies on a budget. With your free domain name registration, you get hosting for unlimited domains and emails, plus $150 in free advertising credits, should you need to market a new website as well. The host’s email tools include webmail, autoresponders, email forwarding, and security features like SPAM filters and virus protection.
In order to choose a hosting package that will fit your needs, begin by thinking about the goals of your business. The biggest differentiators between hosting packages are the size of disk space, monthly data transfer, number of emailboxes and tools such as open source applications and programming languages. After you determine how you plan to use your site and the amount of traffic you expect on your site, you'll be able to identify which package is best for your business.
Not a big turnoff. Hover really rocks! Great tech support and great service. Some people think other services are cheaper. However, they don’t include domain privacy as part of the package. So, when you pay $2.49 for a year of registrar and DNS service and then another $11.00 for domain privacy (which I consider to be essential), the price is usually cheaper at Hover, or pretty much a wash.
Once you decide you price range, you need to consider how long you'll need web hosting. If it's a short-term project—say, less than a month or two—you can typically receive a refund should you cancel your hosting within 60 days. Some companies offer 30-day money-back guarantees, others offer 90-day money-back guarantees. Once again, it's beneficial to do your homework.
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