David has a domain for his business, and he wants to change web hosts. Leo says while he used GoDaddy to register a domain, he doesn't have to pay them to host the site. He can use a new hosting company and then just change the domain forwarding record. WordPress has a good service. So he can cancel the service with GoDaddy and use another company without losing his domain name. He can also use a different company for email. Leo likes FastMail for that.
David wants to be able to archive all his emails beyond Google's 15GB allotment. Leo says that Google's One Drive is the best for archiving. Are there alternatives to Gmail? Leo likes Fast Mail. Proton Mail. Mail.Org. Those three aren't free though.
Jason would like to move his email away from GoDaddy, but he doesn't want to use Gmail. Any options? Leo says the nice thing about having his own domain, is that he can move it anywhere, and even to another registrar. Jason may need to jump through a few hoops, but it can be done. He can also go into the domain record and forward the email to another host. It's under the MX record. Leo recommends using a paid one, because it will not only give support, but they won't close the account out of anywhere. Should he run his own server? Leo says no. Don't do that. Its too much work.
Scott bought a domain name from Hover. Now what? Leo says the best thing to start out is to get a Google Gmail account and just have the domain forward to it. It's free! Another option is FastMail, which is $50 a year and he can use his own domain name.
Manny wants to know if there's an advantage to having a paid email service vs. a free service like Gmail. Leo says that if he's not paying for it, they're making money off him somehow. That's what pays the bills. He can pay for Google's business email service, called GSuite. That would give him support. Free email is paid for by ads put on the page, and it mines data from email electronically, to focus those ads to what he spends the most time on.
Ed is tired of using Gmail. What are his alternatives? Leo says he'll want an IMAP service, and Leo uses Fast Mail. It's a pay service and it lets him use multiple devices to access the same mail in addition to a web interface. It's encrypted. Another good one is Proton Mail, which offers end-to-end encryption, if privacy is a priority.
Peter was locked out of his Gmail account and it was a chore to get it back. But now he wants to back up his Gmail account so if it happens again, he doesn't lose anything. Leo says that for the Mac, there's a program called Horcrux which continually backs up Gmail. It works in the background and creates a database of email. For Windows, there's Gmail Backup.