Email & Domains
Free is not always better!
Often, we come across businesses who may have just invested a lot into building and growing their business. For example, they may have bought a van and had expensive sign-writing on the side of it, yet the email address printed is the company name followed by an ISP. e.g email@example.com. The cost of a professional email such as firstname.lastname@example.org can be a matter of just a few pounds and does wonders for the legitimacy of your business.
In addition, a professional email address will run through business servers. This means that emails are spam and virus checked, the service is generally much faster on account of the fully maintained servers and in the event of an issue, there is a human being available to speak with for support.
There are 4 types of email system:
POP – This is the most basic email protocol. If you use your email account on more than once device, such as your phone, tablet or laptop, all devices will receive emails, but if you send or delete an email on one device, this action will not occur on the rest of your devices.
IMAP – This is a basic sync email system. Although there are limitations, emails work as above but they will also sync between devices. i.e an email sent on your laptop will also show in the sent items on your phone.
MAPI – This is similar to IMAP but is used by large organisations such as Google.
Exchange – This is the highest level of email protocol. Whilst it is the most expensive (around £50 per year), it is by far the best security wise. Emails, contacts, schedules and notes are all held in the cloud and synchronised across all devices. There many advantages in using exchange, especially for business.
Moving from your old email address to a new one is very straightforward. Once the new email and domain have been purchased, PC Repair Leeds can help you either permanently forward your old account to the new one, or alternatively send an email to all of your old contacts informing them of your new address. A professional exchange email address is also easy to add to Outlook, allowing emails to be downloaded and managed on your computer rather than using a less secure webmail portal via your browser
Non business users can still obtain a domain and professional email address from as little as £5 per month. See below how PC Repair Leeds can help.
If you are starting up a business, always check that the domain is available before choosing your company name. A domain is your business identity and public profile and should be purchased from a reputable and reliable reseller (we recommend GoDaddy.com as their customer service is excellent). Type in your required name and see if it is available as both .com and .co.uk. Always buy a domain with both extensions as this helps enormously with search engine optimisation (SEO). The cost of a domain is normally £5-£10 per year as domains are actually leased rather than owned.
If you are a residential client just wanting a more professional or reliable email service, you could choose, for example, your surname, town or street as the domain. e.g www.holmesfamily.co.uk. If available, you could then prefix this with any name you wish to create a unique email address for yourself. e.g. email@example.com.
It is usually very quick and easy to purchase a domain and setup a new email address but should you require it, PC Repair Leeds can provide all the help you need.