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.
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For any business user or organization today, the decision to use email is a no-brainer. Business simply can't be done in many cases without it. But that doesn't mean you can interchange email platforms or service providers at will. Digging into the capabilities of these services reveals a great deal of additional feature scaffolding that surrounds almost every email implementation by necessity.
Domain hosting is a tangentially related service worth noting for the sake of clarity. Your domain is the memorable name given to your website, e.g., HostingAdvice.com. You register that name with a domain registrar, but for that domain to be online, you need domain hosting. More often than not, you’ll get domain and web hosting in one fell swoop — and many folks knock out domain, email, and web hosting needs with one plan/provider.
The user gets his or her own Web server but is not allowed full control over it (user is denied root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, they are allowed to manage their data via FTP or other remote management tools. The user is disallowed full control so that the provider can guarantee quality of service by not allowing the user to modify the server or potentially create configuration problems. The user typically does not own the server. The server is leased to the client.
I will agree that their customer service is great as you can speak to a real human, and they are very helpful when you do get them on the phone. However, when you have clients in another country such as Australia Hover’s service is only available during U.S. business hours – something to consider for those that might require either 24-hour support or support during non-US hours.
If unlimited domains, email, and storage light up your board, iPage is your best bet. As you’re setting up your custom email address at your new (free) domain, you can take advantage of email forwarding tools, autoresponders, SPAM filtering, and virus protection. Therefore, iPage’s service is our top pick for unlimited resources and irreplaceable value in an email host.
Similarly, the costs of running your own email server aren’t obvious. If you are running your server in your office, you are at the mercy of your ISP and power company and you have the possible opportunity cost of missed deals. We needed to be 7 x 24 and lost connectivity was a very real issue. The people who sell email services have hardened server sites with 5 nines reliable electricity (with battery and generator backup), as well as 5 nines reliable connectivity.
Just to follow up, we’ve been testing our own email server on a Linode cloud server using Mail In A Box install of Postfix, Dove, etc. Incoming works great. But I’m not all that in love with the outgoing server. So we have been testing the SMTP2GO.COM service and it works well. They have a free plan (no time limit) that lets you send 1000 emails a month are no more than 20 per hour. For $45 a year you can move up to 2,000 a month and no hourly limit. Works well. (Usual disclaimers apply… we are not a reseller… or have any other connection with them beyond using their free service… but we do plan to move to the higher paid limit if all continues to go well.)
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.
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.
Many web hosting services offer so-called unlimited or unmetered service for whatever amount of bandwidth, disk storage and sites you use. It's important to understand that most terms of service actually do limit the definition of "unlimited" to what's considered reasonable use. The bottom line is simple: if you're building a pretty basic website, unlimited means you don't need to worry. But if you're trying to do something excessive (or illegal, immoral or fattening), the fine print in the terms of service will trigger, and you'll either be asked to spend more or go elsewhere.
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.
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