So, after a recent terrible experience trying to get support from Google for an account issue, I am so annoyed and disheartened with them, I now want to move my custom domain’s email hosting to another provider.
Features I require:
5GB+ email storage.
Email address alias support.
Multiple domain support.
Configurable server-side filtering.
Decent spam filtering.
Features I desire:
Included calendar that allows sharing.
Cloud storage access.
IMAP with any client.
Examining my options as I’m aware of them, I came to the following conclusions:
I liked the idea of MS 360 Personal well enough, even though it was pricy, since I get some great apps and 1TB cloud storage. But it turns out the email only works with GoDaddy hosted domains (even if I was happy with GoDaddy’s pricing, they don’t support some of my country’s TLDs that I use), and you cannot use aliases - wow! The 365 Business Basic plan has those features, but is even pricier - not worth it for my modest needs. So, MS is out
I then considered ProtonMail. I liked the idea of the privacy features… but at the end of the day, I don’t really need that level of privacy, nor do I want to do without my choice of mobile IMAP client. ProtonMail pricing ramps way up even just to get support for two custom domains. So ProtonMail is an attractive idea, that doesn’t really match up with the reality of how I want to use my email and how much I’m willing to pay for it.
I did see that Zoho looks very cheap (almost… too cheap?), yet seems to have all the features I want. But I’m not familiar with them as an operation to jump.
I quickly discarded various local IMAP provider options, since they’re all pretty weak in terms of features and storage. Most are mere value add-ons for other products like domain registration, yet end up costing more than my next contender.
Fastmail’s Standard plan has all the features I need and desire listed above, for the right price. 30 GB of storage. WebDAV Cloud storage is good enough. And the company has a good reputation, and I’m recommended it many times over the years to clients that want great IMAP. I’m not fond of Australian privacy law, but if that really bothered me, I’d have moved away from Google ages ago as it’s not like the Americans are any better in practise.
So, while Fastmail looks like it’s right for me, I thought I’d check first with you lovely people to see what you think. Are there any other email providers I should seriously consider? Which provider do you use, and why?