Let’s imagine that you have just bought a shiny new domain name and you want the world to know. You could follow the well-trod routes such as posting to Facebook and writing to mother, OR you could setup a new email address and announce it to the world in style. The question then becomes, “which email option is best for me and how the heck do they work?”
Well, here are your options: email hosting or email forwarding. To make this tutorial more comprehensible, we’re going to assume that you’re setting your email up at Porkbun. If you’re doing this at a different registrar (a) welcome, you should transfer your domains over to us! (b) the concepts will be the same, but the setup process will be somewhat different.
When you go through the incredibly easy, one-step process that is email forwarding, you’re telling Porkbun that whenever anyone sends mail to firstname.lastname@example.org it should end up in your primary email account.
So, if I bought the domain www.crooked.ink, and then setup the email forward as shown below. All emails that are sent to email@example.com would go to my work email at Porkbun. That’s a fully functioning email forward by the way, so feel free to drop a line.
Here’s the rub, an email forward will only deliver messages to your inbox. When I hit reply to an email that was sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, it’s going to be coming from email@example.com and the illusion will have been shattered.
+ Very easy to setup
+ Free (for up to 10 email forwards)
+ You don’t have to worry about multiple email accounts
– You can’t reply with the same email address
Now that you’re an email forwarding wiz, you probably realize that email forwarding is like setting up a mail forward at the post office except more permanent. Email hosting, on the other hand, is akin to buying another house. It’s a totally new and totally separate email address. You can send and receive messages, store pictures of your cats, setup your signature line and more!
If you’re thinking that email hosting sounds great, you’re right! But you’re not done learning yet. Email hosting isn’t free. At Porkbun is costs $2/month (billed yearly). We have to charge something because, unlike email forwarding, you’re going to be storing data on our servers. All of those cat pictures and chain emails have live somewhere, at your gmail address they live on Google’s servers. With our email hosting solution, they live on our servers and that costs us something.
The second point to make is that email hosting can be a bit more complicated to set up. If you want all your email in one spot (whether that be on your phone, Gmail, Ymail, AOL, etc.) then you’ll have to get your hands a little dirty. You won’t have to go alone though! Here you can find our setup guides, which we’re always expanding upon. You can also contact us at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ Send email
+ Receive email
+ Comes with 10GB of storage
+ People will be impressed
– Costs $2/month
– Requires some setup
To set up email hosting on Porkbun, you’ll have to decide what comes before the “@” and you’ll have to set a password. Remember this password as you might be using it to log into your email in the future. Once you’ve done that, you should see this:
The globe icon will take you to your email inbox, as will the link “webmail.porkbun.com.” The person icon will be how you can change your password and the trashcan will delete your email address. Lastly, the information in the green box will be relevant if you try to connect your new email account to Outlook, Gmail, your phone or any other email provider. More information on that here.
What do you need?
If you want people to contact you without having to give out your personal email, make your company appear larger than it is, or don’t have any problem with receiving email from one address and sending with another then go with an email forward! If you’re on the fence, get an email forward and see how it works for you. You can always grab email hosting as well.
At this point, you probably already know whether or not you want email hosting. If you want to send emails with your new address then you’ll need email hosting.
As always, contact us if you have any questions! Have a great day.