There was a time of Google Apps who 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.
Top free email hosting solutions:
1. Zoho mail
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
Russian most popular portal also offers email hosting for domains. It’s server is quite reliable in terms of uptime and features of the dashboard. Currently they offers 1000 free email accounts for your domain. The signup process is easy but available only in Russian. However, Chrome’s translations will be good option while this process.
- Free 1000 email accounts
- Reliable server
- 10 GB free cloud storage for all your accounts.
- Sign up Process is only available in Russian.
3. You Web host
Many of you are unaware that you may host your email at any web host like HostGator, Dreamhost etc. All of them are free and integrated in their dashboard. Just go to you Web Hosting Dashboard and find email or web mail link there. This is completely free and enabled in almost all types of shared hosting and VPS.
- Free if you have web hosting
- Full html support
- No Ads
- No spam filter
- Less secure
- Your mails could fall into spam folder
Top paid email hosting solutions:
This is no longer a free option. You will need to subscribe Office365 which is not a free service.
Yep, all knows the Outlook for domains will be at top. They offers good service and an elegant dashboard. Unlike Hotmail and Live.com Outlook’s interface is decent and user-friendly and yes no crappy rich media ads. Microsoft Outlook for domains allow 50 users at sign up which can be increased further.
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:
- World class email hosting
- Good Anti-spam filter
- Virtually unlimited email accounts
- Act as Email service provider
Cons of Outlook for custom domain:
- Rich media Ads
5. Google Apps
Of course Gmail is the best free mail service. The business upgrade of Gmail will have no ads and 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
- Best Anti Spam filter
- No ads
- Multi-level Administrator
- A lot more than just email. (Whole bunch of apps like sites, Calendar, Google Drive)
- 25GB Email storage
- More Costly
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
- SpamGard Plus
Rackspace 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.
- Spam filtering could not be as good as Google, Hotmail or Yahoo mail.
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 use. I will include those in the next update.