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ok so I have all my domains on 1and1.com and all of a sudden my client calls me and is asking why she can't check her email on her phone or through outlook anymore.
So come to find out 1and1 took pop3/imap support out of their regular webmail and you can now access email through outlook for an extra $5 a month and if you want full imap/pop3 support it now costs an extra $10 more a month.
so what should I switch to, and how much of a p.i.t.a is it to switch a few domains/webmail over?
switching hosts in order to save lunch money may not be worth the hassle... especially as you may now have to become your clients 24x7 personal IT department and geek squad, without the white shirt and skinny tie and VW....
personally, I LOVE webfaction, but migrating client email is a task not worth the infinite implied obligation in my mind.
Keep your domain and use google apps for email, for free.
I've moved all my domains to tsohost.co.uk, they're the best I've used. And don't go anywhere NEAR 123reg, they're horrible.
Yes, you can use whatever existing email client (outlook, mail.app, etc) with google apps email.
how many emails per client? google apps for free has user limits...
switching emails is a fucker shit that never goes smoothly, but consider addressing the email issue first, then the hosting if it still make sense.
In brief, it works like this:
0. Setup google apps account for your clients website
1. Disable webmail through current hosting service, modify your hosting servers zone values to forward email to your google apps (gmail) acccount.
2. client retains existing hosted email signature (ie: , )
3. client can then use Gmail to check email or you can setup their existing mail client (outlook, mail, whatever) to fetch email.
You can painlessly backup all of your clients email through a temporary gmail account - just create a free gmail account and have it fetch from their existing account. Then when you setup your google apps email simply have that email fetch from your temporary account. Maybe that seems tedious, but it's really quite easy.
thanks d_rek I'll try that later. seems like the easiest way out
actually i keep my unimportant shit on dreamhost too. dedicated server for clients and shit, but for quick wordpress shit it has never really done me wrong.
google apps for email, definitely.
gatorhost, they'll also move everything for you, including mail, so you don't have to do a thing. customer support is amazing. I've had a dedicated with them for 5 years and the only time it goes down is for updates.
oh wait i have a referral coupon too. aghhh. can't remember what it is!
switching hosting is often fairly easy, dealing with 3 gigs of email in an old version of Outlook on a client's old WindowsME laptop is possibly suicide inducing...