Should I use my hosting service for my email service?
This is a great question when starting out your business or blogging platform. Should I use my hosting service for my email service?
Before we answer this question. Let’s understand more about how email and hosting services work.
How does hosting work?
Hosting services work by storing your website files and email service on their server. When someone goes to your domain name like “websitegenii.com”. They are routed to your hosting files and the files are displayed for you.
It can get very complicated very quickly on how and what files are displayed to you but that is not what we are here to cover. The basic point is that the files are then shown to you so you can enjoy the website and use your email services.
When you purchase hosting you have many options for using the servers to display your files. Shared hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated hosting are the most popular.
Shared hosting, you share the server with many other websites and email services all crammed together sharing the resources. If one website goes viral, or email service is overused, it can hurt all the other users and possibly even themselves. Which can cause issues and bring down everyone’s
VPS is a virtual private server, which is much better as you have your dedicated resources that you always have but is only a section of a server. So unless you get a ton of traffic or a mass influx of emails, you are most likely not to experience issues.
Dedicated hosting is having your own server that is all yours. Giving you tons of power and ability to handle a massive amount of traffic to your website and send out lots of emails.
What does this mean for you?
So now you know a quick overview of how hosting services work, how does this affect your email going forward? They all rely on their one server to handle all of their email and website services.
So if that one server goes down at any point. Not only does your website go down, that means your email goes down to.
Yes, that means if your hosting service goes down at any point. Then your email service goes down as well.
Hosting companies typically have hundreds if not thousands of servers.
If yours goes down, you are out of luck.
Why would your server go down? Many reasons, if you are on a shared or VPS then maybe there was another person on your server running a mass emailing program, or malicious script that caused the crash.
For all hosting maybe some hardware failed or updates had to be installed. Maybe updates were installed and not tested and had to be reverted.
Possible downtime with your own hosting
To put into perspective, many hosting companies offer 99.9% hosting uptime guarantee. That sounds great! I mean how could you get better than that?
Let’s run the number. 43200 minutes in your average month.
0.01% of a month is 43.2 minutes.
So let’s multiply that by 12. 518.4 minutes a year.
Which comes to 8 hours and 38.4 minutes a year.
So even with 99.9% uptime guarantee. You could still have your email down for just over 8 hours a year.
What should I do for my email?
It can get expensive very quickly to get dedicated hosting or a large cloud network. Though there is an easy solution I recommend to my clients and even use myself.
Although I host my clients’ websites on a VPS hosting service for fast speed and quality service. I still push you to have your email on a larger service.
Why go to Google vs hosting your own email? Google doesn’t use just one server, obviously, they use a massive amount of servers. When your email is used with G Suite you have a backup of 5 servers at all times.
Do Google servers go down? Yes occasionally they do, but not all of their servers. Meaning you are certain to get your emails.
How valuable are your emails? To me they are invaluable and I don’t want to even risk losing 1 email a year as it could be a potential client, request, or even a customer service inquiry.
So should I use my hosting email service?
My answer is no.
When it comes to setting up your hosting and email services. I highly suggest you go with a big player in the game for your email as communication is essential.
My website can go down for a maximum of 8 hours a year. Is it ideal? No, but it is industry standard.
Though I don’t want to risk even 10 minutes a year of email loss and I can avoid this for $5 /month from services like Google G Suite. That is more than worth the money.
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