Why doesn’t your web host provide hosting for your email anymore? Website owners used to buy website hosting that included the domain name, DNS and email services. All those services worked ok, but none of them worked great. Companies providing lots of different services weren’t amazing at any of them. Now companies are starting to focus more on individual services rather than trying to do it all.
This means that a lot of the top-rated web hosts are no longer providing DNS or email services, and specialized DNS and email hosts have taken those specialties over. Here are a few reasons why that’s actually ok.
1. If Your Email Host Blows Up, So Can Your Website
A lot of hosting companies store your website and your email on the same server. This means your website could be vulnerable to attacks on your mail service. It also means your email could be vulnerable to attacks on your website. Getting access to one service, could easily give an attacker access to both. If your hard drive happens to fill up with email, both your email and your website will go down.
2. It’s Easier To Change Web Hosts
Even if you love your web hosting service, you may outgrow them or want to try something different. If they also host your email, you’re going to have to make some decisions before you close that account. Will you keep paying them to only host your email? Are you going to move the email to your new web host? Should you move your email to a dedicated email provider? When you host email and web separately, it makes changing web hosts easier. It’s now as simple as moving the website and pointing DNS to the new service.
3. Email Specialists Know Email Best
Companies are more specialized now. You should seek out the best provider for each service you need. Dedicated web hosts aren’t wasting time trying to be good email providers. This lets them focus on being better web hosts. Dedicated email providers offer more features, security, robust systems, and better support.
Even if your hosting company does offer email services, it’s still a good idea to find a company that specializes primarily in email. Using the best company for each service you need also means getting the best service for your money. Most reputable email providers will even help you migrate your existing mail onto their service for free.
We use G Suite from Google for our email, but I have also heard good things about Office365, Zoho Workplace, and Intermedia Exchange from clients and friends. Contact us if you need additional help or suggestions.