What would you do if your email was down? Who ya gonna call?
I can hear you under your breath, “I don’t care who hosts my email. Maybe it’s the same company who hosts my website. Or, hmm, maybe it’s with my cable company. Like I said, I don’t care. I also don’t know. I think my wife set it up. Or maybe it was our neighbor. No, I know, my ex-business partner.” No worries.
Most people don’t know who hosts their email. You just sit back and hope it works. But when it doesn’t, it doesn’t.
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For you conscientious types who are frustrated by my assault on your lack of knowledge of who hosts what of your digital and ethereal world and are looking to make the best choice in email hosting, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- If your email stopped working, do you have a help desk number to call?
- If your provider went out of business, do you have email archived?
- Is your email host blacklisted occasionally (in other words, does your email get thrown into the spam box of recipients, or worse, get rejected)?
- Is it easy to set up email to work on your phone?
- Is the email on your computer, laptop, tablet and phone all synced up nice and pretty?
- Is your connection to your email server secure?
OK, diehard closet techies, let’s cut to the chase. I’m not going to do some crazy comparison with charts and numbers and uptime and blah blah blah. In fact, my kids have to have dinner, I gotta wrap this up. If you don’t know, don’t care, and don’t ever want to deal with it, then Google Apps for Work is the key. If you’d like some more information about how to set up Google Apps for your domain on your email, read that link.
You won’t have to worry about it, it just works. It’ll work on your phone, sync up with anything you can throw at it, and has good answers to all of those questions above. You see, that wasn’t so hard, was it? Hey, after signing up, you can tell all of your friends at the Holiday party, “Yeah, I don’t know about you, but I know who hosts my email. Do you?”