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What are people using these days for to host domain and emails?

I know gmail was popular when it allows you to host your domain for free and gave you up to 10 email accounts. I guess google has stopped it.

What are the good options to host your own domain and get free email accounts that support imap or pop3?

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-Meetul.

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Brad Schneider
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Brad Schneider Entrepreneur • Advisor
Technology Investor at Adaptive Management
I've been using Microsoft's Office365 and it works very well. Very simple to administer.
Jason Wang
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Jason Wang Entrepreneur
Founder & CEO at TrueVault. A HIPAA Compliant Secure API to Store Health Data.
Zoho mail is the only "good" free email hosting I've found.

In the paid category, FastMail is popular, Rackspace has a $2/person service that has gotten good reviews. Brad's suggestion of Office365 is great as well.
Daniel Favela
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Daniel Favela Entrepreneur
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I use Google Apps for business. Ends up being $5 per user account per month, at this time. -Danny
Sal Uryasev
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Sal Uryasev Entrepreneur
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Google email is still not particularly expensive, coming it at $50 per user per year. I would argue that the convenience easily outweighs the cost. For hosting your domain you could use Heroku. You get one free dyno, which should be sufficient for most simple low-profile sites. Then, if you for some reason need to scale up, you can also easily turn on some non-free dynos.
John Griffiths
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For dns I use amazon route53. Really reliable and very efficient. For domain registration I like pairnic, good service no ads and private domains come as standard, been with them for years and can't fault them. For hosting ill either build a vm, use amazon s3 for static site hosting or heroku.
Alfy Louis
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Hi Meetul, I believe microsoft office 365 is the best and the cheapest way to go I have used them for few months now... Great service Regards, Alfy Louis Cell +[removed to protect privacy] Office +[removed to protect privacy]
John Griffiths
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For dns I use amazon route53. Really reliable and very efficient. For domain registration I like pairnic, good service no ads and private domains come as standard, been with them for years and can't fault them. For hosting ill either build a vm, use amazon s3 for static site hosting or heroku.
Michael Barnathan
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Michael Barnathan Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder of The Mountaintop Program, Google Alum
If you want GMail and have <10 users, Apps for Business still won't cost you much.

Re: Heroku - note that Heroku isn't really suited to static websites. It has no out-of-the-box container for hosting them (someone has developed an external Cedar plugin for running nginx, though) and unless you can offload your assets to an external CDN, defeating the point of static hosting on Heroku directly, it will not scale well (I discovered this firsthand when I inherited a static site hosted directly on Heroku, and when it later made it onto prime time TV. Everything went down hard despite spinning up thousands of dollars / month worth of dynos. A dyno is a process rather than a server).

It's more suited to dynamic apps, written in Ruby/Python/Java with comparatively small amounts of data transfer. RESTful APIs that communicate using JSON and whatnot.

But you're not going to get something super scalable for free, nor do you necessarily need to worry about being super scalable if you're just launching.

You could always get one of those $5/month cloud servers and run postfix on it, if you're handy with custom builds. Not turnkey by any stretch of the imagination, but you can do some cool things that you can't otherwise do when you control your own mail server.

Or split the website and email requirements up - set up an MX record on your domain to point to an email host independent from your webhost.

Tons of ways to skin the cat for <$10/month, if not totally free.
Greg Pasquariello
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You don't state your bandwidth requirements, but you can spin up a micro instance on amazon for free for a year, and host your domain, your email, etc. If you need to scale up, you can do so at your convenience and within your budget. You can use whatever technology you are familiar with. You can do DNS there as well using the route 53 service, and you can expand to do most anything else you'd need, including hosting multiple domains, webservices, audio and video, cloud storage, etc. Regards Greg Pasquariello
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Namecheap.com offers free email forwarding when you use their free DNS hosting service.http://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/546

Using that, you can create up to 100 email forwards to wherever the person wants the emails to go (gmail, aol, etc.). Gmail makes it easy, and supports adding the external email as an alias so outgoing emails get send as the domain email address:https://support.google.com/mail/answer/22370?hl=en

This is definitely the "bootstrap" phase tech. Once you get more people, going with a paid solution has too many advantages compared to the "el-cheapo" version.
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