Do you require a professional sounding email address? NO: If you just need email for personal use or you are happy enough with an address such as me(at)gmail.com then I would propose that you stick with a free webmail email account provider.
Why? Firstly, these are free! They often give you a very large storage capacity (Gmail is 7.5 GB, Yahoo is unlimited, Hotmail is 5GB) and of course you can access your bank account from your computer via internet. Additionally they offer you Charter Spectrum Login. (To avoid confusion I am going to refer to email clients that need to be set up on a certain computer, such as Outlook or Live Mail, as installed clients.)
YES: If you require a professional sounding address you can get a hosting option by a 3rd party provider or you can have your own server. Your Internet Provider (ISP) will generally host your email also. The fees are usually based on a package of hosting plus the space you utilize on your own mailbox. Once you hit the package limit you pay an extra fee per MB stored. (For this reason if you’ve ever worked in a big company they continuously distribute requests so that you can clean from the email!)
Alternatively you can utilize a free Gmail account as your server. This is particularly beneficial to small companies or work from your home entrepreneurs. You can buy a domain name that accompany multiple emails for less than $10 annually. Check from the favorite domain address provider for prices. This way you can have your professional sounding email address forward or POP to Gmail and utilize Gmail’s free email client to control your emails. You can set it up so that it looks as when the emails you send from Gmail are originating from your company address.
How would you like to view and manage your emails?
Again you will find big differences between employing a webmail client and and installed client. In order to manage the me(at)mycompany.com type emails, many people install a message client on their own computers. Many people use Outlook or Windows Live Mail simply because this is the program that comes with their computer package. You can also find free email programs that will perform the job just as well which can work on Linux, Windows and Apple, so if you use several types of computer you can have a similar client on them all.
This email client regularly downloads the emails from your mailbox which enables you to work on the emails while offline. An excellent trick would be to synchronize your webmail with an installed client so that you can work on or offline but still get your emails from the computer.
Are you looking to access your email from various locations?
It is actually rare for anyone these days to only ever access their email from a single computer. The standard setup is always to download emails to a single particular computer and consider them through an installed program such as Outlook or Live Mail etc. however you can also choose to leave the emails on the server. What this means is you will be able to see them off their computers when you find yourself on the road.
Most email account providers allow for a webmail option which means you can view any emails which have not been downloaded to the pc right from the mailbox. Ensure you check with the email provider if webmail is portion of the offer.
And, as mentioned above, you can synchronize your emails between webmail as well as an installed client so you can access your emails anywhere, from your computer with internet connection.
Have you been prone to change address?
Many internet service providers give you a webmail address once you set up your internet account. It will always be something like me(at)verizon.com or me(at)bigpond.com From personal experience I suggest steering clear of such addresses because as soon as you move or change internet provider you should change your email address. A webmail address or even a company address is vgncjo more portable as it can be used with any provider.
Do you require plenty of storage?
Should you be an entrepreneur or you do have a small company you can probably avoid the expense of needing to own and manage your own server. Most email account providers give you a range of plans for you to choose from which means you can start small and improve your storage with time. Tip: beware of plans that are relatively cheap for small amounts of storage (many have 1GB as standard) but then charge a high price per MB next. Consider your preferences with time, not just beginning.