Top 8 email hosting solutions for business domains
Back in the day G Suite (formally Google Apps) offered free custom domain email hosting solution for sites and blogs. Day by day, the things got weird. Starting from 2000 free users in Google Apps, it gradually decreased to 10 free accounts. But now, Google no longer offer the free version of Google Apps and Microsoft outlook for custom domain has reduced the number of users from 500 to 50. However, there is something good inside MS outlook service. You may ask their team to increase the free quota.
Here is the list of top email hosting solutions.
Zoho is known for its CRM service and online document and forms. Zoho is well-recognized in corporate sector. It offers 5 free custom domain email hosting and no credit card needed to sign up. I like the interface but not that much as Gmail and Outlook.
The best thing about Zoho mail is NO ad anywhere. Yes, there will be no ads anywhere in or outside email and dashboard. Perfect solution though. I have not tested the anti-spam capability.
Pros of Zoho mail
- No ads
- App like dashboard
- 20 Free accounts
Thexyz email hosting solution is another reliable and premium email hosting allow users at $2/month. At this price users will get 25 GB storage per mailbox and can attach up to 50MB attachment. Users may also buy email archiving at $3/mailbox.
- Suited for business with optional archiving
- Highly Reliable
- Strong encrypted and spam/virus protection
- User interface not a nice as others
G-Suite (Formally Google Apps)
The business upgrade of Gmail has 2.5 times more storage than normal Gmail account or Google Apps for free. However the cost is higher than other services but it is worth it. It will cost $5/month/user or if you want a vault then $10/month/user
- Good anti-spam filter
- Multi-level administrator
- A lot more than just email. (Whole bunch of apps like sites, Calendar, Google Drive)
- More costly
- Privacy concerns
Russia’s popular portal also offers email hosting for domains. It is quite reliable in terms of uptime and features of the dashboard. Currently they offer 1000 free email accounts for your domain. The signup process is easy but available only in Russian.
- Free 1000 email accounts
- Reliable server
- 10 GB free cloud storage for all your accounts.
- Sign up Process is only available in Russian.
Your Web host (Roundcube)
Many web hosts like HostGator, Dreamhost etc have email integrated in their dashboard. Just go to you Web Hosting Dashboard and find email or webmail link there. This is completely free and enabled in almost all types of shared hosting plans, a common one is Roundcube.
- Free if you have web hosting
- Full html support
- No Ads
- Limited spam filter
- Less secure
- Your mails could fall into other peoples spam folder
This is no longer a option. You will need to subscribe Office365.
Microsoft Outlook used to offer a good free service and elegant dashboard for hosting mail on your own domain. Unlike Hotmail and Live.com Outlook’s interface is decent and user-friendly although it still has ads.
The best part of the service is the open registration. You can allow users to sign up for email address within your domain and act like an email service provider.
Pros of Outlook for custom domain:
- Reliable email hosting
- Decent anti-spam filter
Cons of Outlook for custom domain:
- Rich media Ads
Yahoo Small Business
Yahoo Mail also do not need any introduction. They also offer a custom domain email hosting at $34.95/year for one account (no setup fee) or $9.95/mo. for 10 accounts (and a $25 setup fee). The email storage will be unlimited with up to 20MB attachment size.
- Reliable service
- Unlimited storage
- Norton Antivirus
- Privacy and anti-trust concerns
It is important that all of the above paid email hosting provide you free POP/IMAP access to retrieve your mail into Outlook Express or Thunderbird or any such software.
If I have missed anything about Email hosting providers; share with us in the comments below and I will include those in the next update.