Do you need a specialist sounding email address? NO: If you just need email for personal use or you are happy enough with an address like me(at)gmail.com then I would advise that you stick with a free webmail email account provider.
Why? Firstly, these are free! They often offer you a huge storage capacity (Gmail is 7.5 GB, Yahoo is unlimited, Hotmail is 5GB) not to mention you can access your bank account from the computer via internet. Additionally they give you Charter Webmail. (To prevent confusion I am going to refer to email clients that should be placed on a specific computer, such as Outlook or Live Mail, as installed clients.)
YES: If you require a professional sounding address you can get a hosting option by a third party provider or perhaps you can have your own server. Your Web Company (ISP) will generally host your email also. The fees are usually based on a package of hosting plus the space you make use of on your own mailbox. When you hit the package limit you spend an additional fee per MB stored. (That is why if you’ve ever worked in a big company they continuously send requests for you to clean your email!)
Alternatively you can make use of a free Gmail account as the server. This is particularly great for small companies or work from home entrepreneurs. You can buy a domain address that is included with multiple contact information for less than $10 annually. Check from the favorite website name provider for prices. This way you can have your professional sounding email address forward or POP to Gmail and utilize Gmail’s free email client to control your emails. You can set it to ensure that it appears to be in the event the emails you send from Gmail are coming from your company address.
How do you wish to view and manage your emails?
Again you can find big differences between employing a webmail client and and installed client. In order to handle the me(at)mycompany.com type emails, many people install a message client on the computers. Lots of people use Outlook or Windows Live Mail simply as this is this system that comes with their computer package. You can also find free email programs that will perform the job just as well and that can work on Linux, Windows and Apple, if you use various kinds of computer you can have the same client on them all.
This email client regularly downloads the emails through the mailbox which lets you work on your emails while offline. A fantastic trick would be to synchronize your webmail with an installed client so that you can work on or offline but nonetheless obtain your emails from the computer.
Do you need to access your email from various locations?
It really is rare for anybody today to simply ever access their email in one computer. The typical setup is always to download emails to 1 particular computer and view them via an installed program such as Outlook or Live Mail etc. however you can also decide to leave the emails on the server. What this means is you will be able to see them from other computers when you find yourself on the road.
Most email account providers permit a webmail option so that you can view any emails who have not been downloaded to the pc straight from the mailbox. Be sure you check with the email provider if webmail is portion of the offer.
And, as mentioned above, you can synchronize your emails between webmail as well as an installed client so that you can access your emails anywhere, from your computer with access to the internet.
Are you likely to change address?
Many internet providers provide you with a webmail address once you set increase your internet account. It is almost always something like me(at)verizon.com or me(at)bigpond.com From personal experience I suggest steering clear of these addresses because when you move or change internet provider you should change your email address. A webmail address or even a company address is vgncjo more portable as it can be used with any provider.
Do you need plenty of storage?
In case you are an entrepreneur or you do have a small company you can probably avoid the expense of being forced to own and manage your personal server. Most email account providers provide a range of plans for you to choose from so that you can begin small and increase your storage as time passes. Tip: watch out for plans which can be relatively cheap for small quantities of storage (many include 1GB as standard) but then charge you a high price per MB after that. Consider your needs over time, not just getting started.