Why combining your web and email hosting is not a good idea

Up until recently when we purchased a domain name and a hosting plan, branded email accounts were something just tacked on for free. Hosting account = email account. But combining your hosting and email in the same account is not a good idea.

  • Every host – even the top-notch ones – experience occasional downtime. And your email is a critical part of your business, right? Losing access to email is more than just an inconvenience – it’s a show stopper.
  • There’s the issues that arise when you want to move your domain to another host. Separating your email from your hosting makes a domain transfer an infinitely easier process. Also, bonus points for not experiencing email downtime while your updated DNS propagates through the interwebs.
  • And there’s specialisation. I assume you want your host focused on being the best web host they can be – and not half-heartedly providing your email services. Let everyone play to their strengths, including your web host and your email provider.

Specialist systems like Zoho, G-Suite and Office 365 have excellent spam filtering and are much cleverer than VPS server platforms like the one i4design uses to host accounts. Dedicated email servers are specifically set up to host and run email accounts and therefore they are very good at it.

Email technology has come a long way in recent years. With the added complexity of checking mail across multiple devices, I know the i4design email service is no longer delivering the sort of experience that businesses need today.

Both Outlook.com and Gmail are free cloud-based email services that are easy to use, secure and efficient. It’s worth checking them out, as are these dedicated email hosting services that let you use your own domain name:

https://gsuite.google.com
https://www.fastmail.com
https://www.zoho.com/mail

Businesses need email services like these, that are reliable, secure and have large storage. I’m unable to provide this for customers, which is why I’ve decided to stop offering email hosting services as of October 2017. Now the focus can be on delivering reliable, fast, safe and stable website hosting.


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