Choosing an email hosting provider for your business email (e.g. email@example.com) is an important decision. Email is a vital tool for business, and it matters if it doesn’t work properly.
We help our clients setup their business email, and we’ve recently added DNS support for Zoho Mail, slotting in alongside Google Apps and Rackspace Email.
Late last year Google Apps stopped offering their free mail service. Both Google Apps and Rackspace Email have strong email services, with large quotas on mailboxes, support for large messages and strong anti-spam filters.
Pricing wise, the choices were:
- Google Apps ($5/user per month or $50/yr)
- Rackspace Email ($2/user per mth with a minimum of 5 users).
With the addition of Zoho Mail to the mix, our clients once again have a free, business grade option to choose from. The Zoho Mail options are:
- Lite: free for up to 5 users, with a 5Gb mailbox
- Standard: $2.50/mth (10Gb mailbox) or $3.50/mth (15Gb mailbox).
Zoho has a nice clean interface, which is refreshing. Rackspace and Google pack in the features, but could learn something in terms of ease of use from the Zoho crew.
Looking forward to seeing how they go, and how long the free option lasts for. I suspect with the demise of the free Google Apps option, Zoho will see a lot of businesses trying them out, and they’ll probably build their user base substantially.