Recently, a friend contacted me asking about the advantages of a personal e-mail address versus one provided by Hotmail or other services. Thinking that my response may be of general interest, I have pasted it below.Please feel free to add your own experiences, whether in favor or against my strategies.
I have a personal domain name, rsutter.com
. With it and a web hosting account, I have created my personal e-mail address, email@example.com
. I also have several free e-mail addresses, firstname.lastname@example.org
, my DSL provider, gave me an SBC
Global address, email@example.com
. I never use the Cuesta or the Gmail addresses to send e-mail. I only use the SBC Global address when contacting AT&T to report a problem.
I prefer the control that having a personal e-mail account gives me. I set up an IMAP
account. With an IMAP account, I can configure it so that all of my e-mails are available off-line. When I go on-line I see the same e-mails whether I connect from my Windows 8 desktop, my Windows 8 laptop, my Apple laptop or my Linux computers. If I receive or delete a message from one machine, it's added or removed everywhere.
My e-mail client is Thunderbird
. It's cross-platform, working on Windows
operating systems. I run Spam Assassin
. It is a feature incorporated in Thunderbird that intercepts suspected spam and allows the user to add new spam to the filtering.
When I set up Thunderbird on a new computer, I simply download the program and install it on the new device. Then I export my address book from another machine, importing it into the new machine. In less than 3 minutes, I have all of my saved e-mails and addresses on the new machine. NOTE
: Many web hosts include domain name registration in the web hosting package. GoDaddy is one such host.