Just a reminder - I already settled for an offer from GeekISP, and so far I am happy there. Although I do appreciate all the suggestions given - they can be useful for other people, or for me if I end up a dissatisfied customer.
@worstje - what do you mean multiple domains for simultaneous logins are no longer supported? I do that all the time? Unless I'm missing your point...
They haven't been supported for over a year. Basically, open one tab, and login on your @gmail.com account. Next, go to mail.example.com and login there. Nowadays, they log you out on the other one: only a single mailbox active seems supported nowadays. In days gone by, I could have three of the buggers open for days, and that was convenient, especially on the email-checking area. Logging in every time I need to use another account however is a big big bummer.
If you have the domain and it's only for email, why not host it yourself?Don't do this. No, wait, scratch that - don't even consider doing that. There's simply too many headaches involved.
Configuration, security, maintenance, resilience are bad enough by themselves. On top of that, a lot of ISPs block the necessary SMTP ports, and there's a lot of "distrust" generally for SMTP servers on ISP customer IP ranges... something that might not give you too much trouble if you're just going to receive mails, but should you ever want to use your own mailserver to also send mails, you'll be in for quite a bit of work and frustration.
Really, the money spent on email hosting is well spent.
Amen. Throw in a dynamic ip address and the fact that ISPs generally forbid hosting your own email (even if the port is open), and you may either find your port blocked serverside (and not find out for weeks!), or your entire internet canceled because your broke the Terms of Service Agreement. Too much frustration, definitely not worth it.
(Lazily only reads half the thread)
Did you rule out free host providers? One of my other long standing interests is Free Hosting. Thinking ahead to a possible next objection, it turns out that I got tired of "choose me!" ads from junk hosts, so I set out on a 27 month free host study to find quality free hosts.
Because I cannot paste it often enough, let me repeat my stance on free things: If you don't pay, you aren't the customer. You are the PRODUCT.
For most things, that is not an issue, and I _do_ enjoy my gmail account. However, I wish to look professional where this domain is involved, and if I do not trust Google with that data, why trust some other provider? At the least Google has a spotlight on its back; all those other tiny hosters can get away with far, far more when it is about privacy-related matters.
That said, GeekISP was recommended to me in the second post of this thread, and their website looks particularly 'un-ad-festy'. It literally looks like it was made by a geek!
From what I can tell, I think this man really gets his business through word-of-mouth, which is a big plus in my book.