Can I host my email accounts with you?

Yes, but email hosting is a little different from website hosting. While hosting a website takes a relatively small amount of space, even for a seemingly large site, email and attachments can accumulate on the server until all your allotted disk space is used up. There are many ways, however, to avoid this which will allow you to create domain-based email addresses and serve them on your Monterey Bay Design Hosting Account. 

  1. You can download your email via POP  to a program on your computer such as Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, etc. You should set your email program to download and then remove email from the server. (This is likely the default setting of your email program.)
  2. You may use IMAP which will keep your computer email synced with the server, but you are required to offload  your email to local folders on a regular basis.  This will not only preserve  the disk space allotted to you on the server, but it will also speed up your email service.  
  3. You can create a forward and forward your domain-based email to another account.  If you create a forward, this takes the place of creating an email account. (If you create an email account too, your email is only copied from your domain-based email to your other  account.  Email is still retained on the server and this will consume your allotted resources very quickly.)  Email can be forwarded to any other email address. i.e. Comcast, AT&T, Gmail, etc.
To access your email via your browser:
  1. Set up a domain-based email account. While this method is fine for accessing your email while out of town or away from your computer, you should not use browser-based email exclusively if you intend to keep the email you send and receive. As it accumulates, it will use up your allotted resources.
  2. You can set up the above mentioned forward and access via the email address to which you have forwarded.  i.e. If you forward to a Gmail or Comcast email address, both can be accessed easily via a browser.
Accessing email while away from home is a simple matter with a smartphone. Email is pushed directly to your phone. Receiving email via your phone does NOT remove email from the server by default.
 
To access your email via your smartphone:
  1. These methods vary from phone to phone.  Please see your phone's documentation for instructions.
For more robust email hosting, consider a Virtual Private Server!

 

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