In message <NsudnSmnzLcyXpnEnZ2dnUU78Nfirstname.lastname@example.org>, Marjorie
Post by Marjorie
But I think - from what's being said here - I could keep Plusnet as my
ISP, start using Gmail, and still use my domain addresses? This is
something I've been considering for a while. Is it feasible?
PlusNet are providing you with connectivity to the internet (without
which, of course, _nothing_ will work). Once you've got that, you can
use gmail - as you can anywhere you've got connectivity, such as
McDonalds or Wetherspoons or at a friend's house. That applies regarding
gmail wherever, or whoever with, you get connectivity.
If by "use my domain addresses", you mean "send emails that appear to
have come from ***@y.com" rather than "***@gmail.com", so that's where
replies to those emails would go, I don't know: that's a matter for
gmail, if you're using the webmail interface (i. e. sending via gmail's
outgoing servers). If, instead, you're sending via PlusNet's outgoing
server - relay.plus.net, IIRR - then, at least in my case, they don't
seem to mind where my emails "seem" to be coming from. (If doing that,
you'd be using Thunderbird or similar, and nothing to do with gmail.
For _receiving_ email: once you've got connectivity, and connect to
gmail's web interface, you can receive emails - though I suspect only
ones addressed you an email address ending in @gmail.com . You could
also connect (using either Thunderbird, or their webmail interface) to
PlusNet's incoming mail server, and connect emails either of those two
ways - but I think only emails addressed to you @ something with a plus
If by "my domain addresses" you mean @springequinox.co.uk: _sending_, I
think you'd be able to use PlusNet's outgoing server, as I've said
(direct, using Thunderbird or whatever); I don't _think_ you'd be able
to send via gmail's web interface (but then I can't see why you'd want
to). For _receiving_ emails addressed _to_
***@springequinox.co.uk, I think that depends on what arrangement
whoever you're paying for the domain has. Since you ask about "still
use" my domain addresses, I assume you have some arrangement with that
provider to receive email; there are two options there - either you
collect direct from their mail server, if they offer that service, which
you'd do with Thunderbird or similar, or you'd arrange for them to
forward any emails to another address, such as a PlusNet or a gmail one.
(I do the former.) If forwarded to a PlusNet address, you'd collect them
from PlusNet as above - either direct from their incoming mailserver
using Thunderbird or similar, or from their web interface. If forwarded
to a gmail address, you'd collect them from gmail's web interface.
*PlusNet* provide you with three services, not all of which you
necessarily use: connectivity, without which nothing works; and incoming
mail server, which I think will only accept emails to addresses with
plus in them (which could include ones forwarded by your domain
provider; and an outgoing mail server, which I think will send emails
wherever they seem to come from. They also offer a webmail interface,
which some here are saying isn't very good.
*your hosting provider* are providing you with: domain registration
services; possibly some website hosting; and handling of emails _to_ the
domain, either by storing them until you collect them, or by forwarding
them to somewhere else (such as PlusNet or gmail). You must already be
doing one of these.
*gmail* offer, only, a webmail interface; I've never used it. I don't
know if it will let you _send_ emails "from" something without gmail in
it; it can only _receive_ gmail emails, though these could include ones
forwarded from elsewhere.
The only advantage I can see of you starting to use gmail is that you
could collect (I'm not sure about send) emails forwarded to a gmail
address, wherever you are, even on someone else's computer/tablet/phone.
You could do the same with PlusNet's webmail interface (i. e. not use
gmail at all), but there's some suggestion that PlusNet's webmail
interface is inferior to gmail's.
I hope this helps.
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