Having a custom or personalized email address is definitely a plus point if you are working with a lots of clients. It helps you to build your professionalism to a certain degree.
Although there is nothing wrong with sending and receiving emails using email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, it will be so much better if you have email@example.com or something like that. The better part, you don't necessarily have to be joined in an organization or company to have custom email address.
There are countless benefits if you are using your own custom email address, and some of them are:
Credibility. It shows how serious you are with the service you are providing. Either you are a developer, designer, mentor, or any other digital-related job, your email address reflects how serious you are.
Access to your portfolio. If you are using a custom email address, there's a big chance that you also have a website to show your previous works, or at least a website where people can read your profile. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, can you guess my website address? Correct, it's hadna.space.
Personal branding. Your email address and your website (including blog) are your best digital representative in the internet. You want to make it as unique as possible, representing your services.
Easy to remember. You (and your clients) will appreciate how it's much easier to remember if you have custom email address. You can have an email address username as short as
infoby using your own custom email address, but good luck trying to get those short and meaningful username using @gmail.com or @yahoo.com.
However, using the custom email address comes with its own limitation, and sometimes it can be so frustrating. And that's what I've been through lately.
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Long time Namecheap User
I've been a long-time Namecheap customer (for several years as long as I remember), and it's always my first choice when I have to buy a new domain. There are two reasons why I use Namecheap: it's (relatively) cheap, and trustworthy.
I won't buy a domain from a provider that is not trustworthy even though they provide super cheap price, and I won't buy a domain from a trustworthy provider if they are more expensive than Namecheap. Simply said, I'm more than satisfied to use their service.
However, it might be my unfortunate time to use their email service (which is hosted at PrivateEmail.com).
Don't get me wrong, the service is okay. It works as intended, sending and receiving emails. However, there is a big thing that frustrate me.
My emails are marked as spams
Can you imagine how frustrating it is when you are in the middle of conversation with your potential clients, and suddenly you cannot send the needed requirements from your own email because your email address is marked as spam?
Then I tried to test my spam score using mail-tester.com and the result amazed me!
I got 4.6 out of 10 for my spam score with a message saying "Consider yourself lucky if your email goes to an inbox" 🤣
Well, at least that's the answer why my emails are always returned.
Time to move on then! Luckily, my Namecheap email service is still in trial period, so I don't have to pay anything.
Google Workspace, here I come!
Google is a well-known for their email service (and the apps they provide along with the email, like Google Meet, Google Docs, etc.), and I think I should give it a try.
Setting up custom email address is not a hard thing to do, but I won't cover it in this note. If you stuck, there are good documentations in their site, and there is always online support to help you.
The Google's service to use custom email address is called Google Workspace, which you can access here workspace.google.com.
After setting up for few minutes (literally it's less than 30 minutes for me to move from Namecheap to Google), I can get my email@example.com to work.
And here's the moment of truth!
I once again tried to test my spam score using mail-tester.com, and here is the result:
The same firstname.lastname@example.org achieved 8.5 out of 10 using different email service provider, and that's a very good improvement!
Plus, I can get access to their office-related apps using my custom email address. No more "If you want to send me email, send it to email@example.com, but if you want to use Google Meet, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org"
It's just email@example.com now.
Today I learned that
Google Workspace plans are considerably cost more money compared to Namecheap email service. And if you are a cost-sensitive person like me, Google Workspace may be not your first choice.
But today I learned that cheaper does not always mean it will suit you better. There is always something to trade off, and in this case is the spam score (which I found it's very frustrating).
So, the choice is yours.
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Have a nice day!
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