When it comes to personal e-mail, that you most likely will use for many years - there is a few things I would advice... these are my personal opinions and other might have other views...
Originally Posted by ugahairydawgs
-I would NOT use Yahoo, hotmail or Live. I have been in situations where these have been blocked in corporate mailservers - preventing me from sending mail to them.
-I would consider Gmail as one of the few solid providers, and now also have 2 step login, which makes the e-mail as safe as it can be.
-I would NOT use personal domain mail from those providers who buy up thousands of name-domains where YOU don't get control over the domain itself, but only a e-mail account. In the past I have been using a few of those - but - they don't last for long - they change all the time - and are not very compatible with any other systems.
-IF you get your own "family domain" - I would register a account with Google Apps - so that Google run it. That way you don't have to think about hosting, and it's free - and you can have 10 email accounts in your domain - for free... and you get 10GB of constantly increasing space - for free....there are also many backup options that work with Gmail - so you can back up the entire e-mail account to a local computer - (Mailstore Home)... it just works...
-When it comes to the domain itself... IF firstname.lastname@gmail is avail - take it - for now... perhaps you are lucky and can grab a "real" domain next year...
but also consider domain names like @TheLastname.com or first letter of your firstname - and then last @JLastname.com .... - or - just be creative and find another one that you can live with - not connected to lastname at all ... @AthensOnline.com ? Perhaps having a domain like that could make you money as well... have a Godaddy account which gives you plenty e-mail addresses included - and resell them to others in your area... I think a normal Godaddy WebHosting Deluxe account (Unix) today comes with 500 emails included... and unlimited domains and bandwidt can be connected to it..and 150GB of space - and the best part is that it is all dynamic - so you can expand whatever you want - whenever....
anyway - just my thoughts today :-)