A custom email domain is a fantastic way to personalize your correspondence with friends and family or create a short URL for texting. Since 2004, I have purchased over a hundred custom domain names and added email to many of them – and, unfortunately, I’ve been through MANY different providers as well!
Until I created the email system I am currently using, I was paying $29.99 a year JUST for email service with no perks! Plus I still had to pay for the yearly renewal fee on my domain. Once I learned how to create a reseller account and just purchase the email service package I needed, I knew I had found a valuable solution for many people in my same situation.
I set up this website to show you how affordable and easy it can be to set up a custom email domain at InternetDirectSolutions.com — which offers the best possible price and several free perks with a domain purchase. I’ve spent the past 10 years searching, but I have yet to find more customizable and scalable personal, business and corporate email solutions at the cheapest possible price and the highest level of service.
Or continue reading my story below…
Have You Switched Domain & Hosting Service?
My story is probably not unlike your story. I purchased my first custom domain email in 2004. It was http://ThisIsThePlace.info and was designed to help me keep track of the genealogical work I was doing in my spare time. I kept this domain for 6 years, but decided to change my domain for several reasons:
1. Brevity is best! Basically, I needed a short Twitter URL, short URL for Facebook, and an easy email for texting.
2. Pay for what you use! I was paying for 2GB of space on my $29.88/year paid email plan that I really did not need. While this isn’t an enormous sum of money, I preferred the option to set up my domain re-seller account and take advantage of the free custom domain email that came with it. Instead of paying for extra email storage space, I could enjoy other freebies — like the photo album and starter website — which were much better for my genealogy site.
3. Protect your privacy! I learned the hard way that many websites do not recognize the .info extension. I like using my custom domain email for newsletter signups and online account signups. Using a unique email address helps me protect my privacy and keep SPAM out of my business inbox. Using the catch-all email feature from InternetDirectSolutions.com, I was able to create hundreds of different prefixes on the fly, without a long, drawn-up setup process (EX: AnyNameHere@CustomDomainName.com), and have them all routed to one central email box.
Top Lessons Learned When Creating Custom Domains:
A decade ago, I embarked upon an exhaustive search for the shortest custom domain name one could purchase. I found that pretty much all combinations of four and five letters and numbers had been purchased by people who were simply holding onto them. Last year, I was able to find a cust0m domain name with a few of my initials in it. The beauty of creating your own unique domain is the ability to create a one-letter email address if you want. (EX: D@DNH7.org)
2. Go with what you know.
These days, it’s easy to have hundred of web accounts — from Paypal and Netflix to Amazon and conference call sites. My .info domain worked for some accounts, but not for all. Some sites didn’t recognize .info as a “valid email.” Therefore, I recommend buying .com, .net, or .org. I have never had a problem with any of these extensions.
3. Take advantage of forwarding.
No one wants to login to hundreds of different email domains. I have found it’s much easier to forward all my email to my personal Gmail account. My custom domain email addresses are ideal for responding to people, but I like being able to read through everything in one place — especially since some of my custom domains are busier than others.
4. Keep a clean inbox.
One time, I wondered why I was no longer receiving any custom domain emails. Was my site bombing? Could no one find me in Google anymore? Upon investigating further, I discovered that I had filled up my allotted memory. At that point, people were sending me emails that weren’t getting through! Once I deleted the excess emails, my custom domain email began forwarding to my Gmail account again.
5. Turn off your custom email’s SPAM filter.
It took me a while to figure out that many legitimate emails get lost in a custom domain’s spam filter. Gmail has a good spam filter, so it’s better to have all mail forwarded and allow your Gmail filter to do its job. There is no need to filter a message twice.
6. Remember: Not all providers are created equal.
The most important lesson I learned was to take the time to find a good custom domain email provider. In the end, I found that nothing beats InternetDirectSolutions.com. Here’s why:
- They have 24/7 customer support
- They offer 99.9% up-time
- They have been reliable over the years
- The control panel is easy to use
- You can choose to “auto-renew” or to make a one-time payment
It’s unbelievable what some companies put you through. The host I used before InternetDirectSolutions.com worked out just fine — until another company purchased them and the level of customer service changed. I had the “one-time payment” option selected and planned to discontinue using the domain, but they auto-renewed me automatically.
Another hosting service I tried said they could install a script I had purchased “no problem”… but customer service was unavailable and I wound up paying $300 for the mistake. I had to deal with this sub-par website for two years with no way to contact anyone to cancel or get the problem fixed. If you can believe it, this was one of the major hosting companies you see on almost every review site, so I trusted them! I later learned they are only “recommended” by reviewers because they pay out big commissions for referrals.
The only problem I had with InternetDirectSolutions.com occurred when I tried to purchase a domain name over the phone. The customer service rep couldn’t understand me and spelled the domain name wrong. I laughed because it was an honest mistake. So the last lesson I learned is this: Always purchase domains using the web form!