I really enjoy using GoDaddy for my domain and hosting provider. However, there has always been one aspect of their services that gets on my nerves: email. Let me count the ways:
- Their email services limit SMTP forwarding to 250 times per day (that is how many emails you can send each day.)
- Each mailbox only can store up to 10 MB, unless you pay extra.
- You cannot use IMAP with their accounts, only POP3 or the website-based email.
Fortunately, I found out today how overcome all of these problems in one felled swoop. To summarize the process, you use Google Apps instead of the GoDaddy email system. GoDaddy lets you set all the nitty-gritty details of your account settings, including how your email is handled. There is a nice tutorial how to do this here: http://howbits.com/?p=17
Or, if you don’t want to follow the instructions at the site above, then you just create a Google Apps account at http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/index.html , enter your domain name, go to the “Dashboard” page, click on the “Activate email” link, and follow the directions.
Another great reason to do this is because now you’ll have all the benefits of having a Gmail account, but with your own domain’s email addresses instead of @gmail.com addresses. I have never owned a Gmail account, and I still don’t. Yet I use many of Google’s online applications: the search tool on my website, my personal calendar, and now to maintain my domain-specific email addresses. And yes, that means that I now get the same amount of email storage space for each account as someone with a Gmail account gets (over 6 GB at the time of writing this), unlimited SMTP forwarding, and IMAP access via my email client (I use Mozilla Thunderbird.) And all of this is for free! Who would’ve thought such a thing would be so readily available to the public?
Kudos to Google! They may be getting massive and over-controlling of many things, but there are still treating their customers well.