After all my experience with running websites for both clients and myself, having an email address with your domain name (such as [email protected] instead of [email protected] or something) is one of the most annoying things to set up.

First off, it’s annoying to access your cPanel webmail every time you want to check your email, so you end up using either POP3 or IMAP and setting up your email in a program like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. This is all great until you have a web host like HostGator that will take your websites down if you have too many email processes running at one time. And if you’re like me and have 5 email accounts, it’s really easy to go over HostGator’s 25 open processes limit.

Now at this point, you are searching for an alternative. In the past, I would suggest using Google Apps, but they have since taken away the free version and you now have to pay for Google’s services. Microsoft’s Outlook.com looks tempting, but without the proper support for IMAP or POP, it wouldn’t make sense to put your custom domain emails on Outlook.com.

The only remaining option is to use an email hosting service such as Zoho or Rackspace. The problem I have with these services, however, is that they are way too expensive. Rackspace is the cheaper of the two and they charge $2 per mailbox per month. So if I have 5 email accounts, it’s going to cost an extra $10 a month just to comfortably access my email via IMAP.

When looking for the cheapest email hosting service, I came across GoDaddy’s email hosting. I had no idea GoDaddy even offered this service as they mainly push their web hosting and domain sales, but they do indeed offer email hosting and it’s cheap! For just $3.49 a month, I can have 10 email accounts (all with different domain names) with IMAP and POP3 support. Compared to the pricing at Zoho or Rackspace, GoDaddy’s email hosting is only $0.35 per account per month.

After I signed up for their Unlimited package (this is the only one that supports IMAP), setting up my 5 email addresses was a breeze! I am now using GoDaddy’s services instead of my HostGator cPanel email and I’m very happy that I no longer have to worry about going over my limit of open IMAP processes.

10 Responses to What’s The Cheapest Email Hosting Service For Custom Domains?

  • Great inputs here Ian, thanks for sharing. Regards

  • I use Godaddy for all my hosting and email needs. In three years I have only had one time where the email was down and it was for 15 minutes and they gave me a free month in exchange for my troubles.

  • I have been with godaddy for my hosting needs since I started my first website and I can say that I have been pleased with there email hosting as well. For me I have always gotten it free with my hosting account. I believe right now with my current plan I have more than I could ever use. On another note, I do not recommend godaddy for web hosting, just haven’t gotten around to switching yet.

  • I think godaddy is the best and the quality they provide is the best, with their customer support is replies well in time.

    On the other hand hostgators 24*7 live support beats it.

  • thanks a lot for the information.

  • Hi Ian,
    I agree, I do find it annoying and time consuming to have to log into cpanel just to check my email. I will definitely check out some of the email hosting providers you mentioned in your post.

    Take Care.

  • $3.49 a month for email hosting? At that price point wouldn’t it be better to look into a cheap virtual hosting account? They usually include email hosting and for the same price of the email hosting account or only a few buck extra you can host one or more websites that you can use to make money or link to your other sites.

    • I want to add: “a cheap virtual hosting account” as in “an *extra* cheap virtual hosting account”. An account you use for just your email and basic static html only websites. That way you don’t run the risk of having the account shutdown for using too many processes.

  • good article, I have been with godaddy.com since 2009, they have very good fair prices. I mostly use promo coupons with when purchasing their services.

  • Hi Robert:

    How are you?

    Thanks for sharing this info.
    Awesome post

    Take care.
    Best wishes and regards
    Veena :)

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