Many people think of a website first when building their online business, and it makes sense – it’s the face of your business after all. The thing is, the focus on a website alone can be a problem when you’re just starting out and thinking about which hosting service to choose. There is one more thing you need to think of besides your website, and that’s your email.
A dedicated email for you, your employees, and general departments (e.g. support, sales, etc.) is crucial to creating a brand that looks reliable and serious to your target audience. When you start searching for a hosting service for your site, you also need to think about the email services you’re going to need, particularly how many email addresses you need to create.
There are two main types of hosting services for emails:
Standalone Email Hosting
Standalone email hosting services provide hosting only for your emails, not your website. This means that you would pay one company for hosting services for your site or app, and another for your emails. This is usually much more expensive and is not recommended unless you want a specific client, like Gmail, to work with.
Using your domain hosting service for emails is much cheaper and more effective, and you can manage everything from one place. You also don’t have to rely on an email company that may become outdated in a few years, like Hotmail and Yahoo have become, because everything will be hosted along with your website.
Emails with Your Domain Hosting Service
This involves paying for a website hosting package that includes email hosting services. It is safer because all of your data is stored with your host and not a third-party service provider, and you can control and manage everything from one location.
It is important to take a close look at hosting packages before deciding what is best for your business. Define what you need in terms of email storage size, number of emails, etc. This will help you find a service that is within your budget while still meeting your basic requirements.
Here are five hosting services that we recommend with email hosting:
eHost offers various hosting packages for your websites, starting at $2.75 a month, and that includes free email addresses. That means you can create an unmetered number of email addresses with your domain, including auto-responders and email forwarding, at no additional cost. This is a great deal if you have a lot of employees and need to create a large number of emails. Managing your emails is done from the hosting cPanel where you’ll also be managing your domain and hosting service. You also don’t have to configure emails on Outlook, Thunderbird, or other desktop applications – email can be accessed using a webmail service and includes virus checks and customizable spam filters.
This is another very popular hosting service, especially with businesses that create self-hosted WordPress websites. They offer different types of hosting packages: Shared, WordPress, VPS, and Dedicated Hosting. The shared hosting option offers three main packages, Basic, Plus, and Business Pro. The Basic package costs $3.49 a month and allows you to create 5 emails with 100MB of email storage per email. The Plus package is $5.95 a month and lets you create 100 emails with 500MB of email storage per account. If you need more emails or more storage than that, go for the Business Pro account which provides you with an unmetered number of emails and unmetered storage space per email.
iPage offers great prices for their hosting services, starting at only $1.99 a month. You can create customizable email addresses with your business domain and access them via WebMail. You also get customizable spam filters and a virus checker, which is a great added feature and provides additional security for your business. All of their email plans include calendars, contacts, and task management and prices vary from $1.99 a month to $12.95 a month billed annually. You can pay for additional services such as spam filters or to increase your mailbox storage size. When you purchase a hosting package, depending on what you choose, it may already include email services so remember to check and make sure that you’re getting the services that you need. iPage provides full customer support 24/7 via phone, chat, and email.
Web.com offers three main hosting packages, each with a lot of emails included. The first package is Essential Hosting for $5.95/month and it includes 100 emails. The Professional Hosting package for $7.95/month includes 500 emails and the Premium Hosting package for $9.95/month allows you to create 1,000 emails. If you think you’ll ever need more emails than that, you may want to consider a hosting service that provides unmetered storage and emails. Web.com is a great solution for small to medium/large businesses.
This hosting company has a lot of different hosting services to offer, including dedicated servers, VPS, WordPress hosting, and more. Their business hosting packages range in price from $3.49 to $7.49 a month and they all include email hosting services. All of the packages allow you to create an unmetered number of SPAM safe emails with IMAP and unmetered disk space. Their hosting packages and email hosting services make them a great solution for any business, both in terms of price and the features that they provide.
Before deciding what hosting service to go with, it is very important to make sure that you have all of the information you need first. That includes clearly defining the must-have features and services (like malware protection and the number of emails and storage you need) and nice-to-have features. After that, we recommend looking at hosting services that have the features you need and reading reviews in order to determine which one is best for you.