Please offer recommendations or warnings for web / IMAP / POP3 mail hosting companies

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Haven’t had to deal with this in a while but have a client we handle LAN tasks for. Their current web/ imap / pop mail host lowered mailbox limits to unusable numbers.

They don’t want to go to o365.

I’ve used hostgator reseller account for years but in thinking of moving them there I remember how we have wanted to get away from hostgator for so long. Their service / support works just enough to keep my inertia on moving at bay.

I know HG (and many other hosts) are part of a much larger holding company.

Is there any good hosting company you’d recommend? Or warn about?
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hi,

the best is i beleave office 365, google apps etc.
if they dont wantt these... they can try for
https://www.techradar.com/news/best-email-hosting-providers
https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/hosting

all the best
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I think that the best approach you can suggest at this point is to get their own email on premises.
So a CPANEL or an exchange server will work.  Old Imap and Pop are insecure and in plain disuse.

or probably smarteremail :)

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Well, I can personally attest to "Stay away from 1&1."  I thought AT&T had the poorest customer service in the world before tying into it with 1&1, but was I ever wrong on that.
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You could utilize GSuite, but you end up having to need utilities to truly make it work well with Outlook (calendar sync is the one that tends to be the biggest deal).

Otherwise, you could look at hosted Exchange solutions. AppRiver would be one of many providers for this. Intermedia I've found to be a mixed bag. Some others can probably discuss their experiences with companies like Rackspace, GoDaddy, etc.
massnrock... I'm just looking for web and pop hosting from these vendor recommendations.  OK, also DNS hosting.

People talk about redundancy / DNS in different locations.  as much as I don't like HostGator, the service works OK.

If you use web / pop/imap hosts, do you have a separate company for DNS name server hosting?

I use godaddy for domain registration.  never really thought about them for DNS / name server (not using their mail or web services).  Do you have full control of the zone using their name servers?  I guess using them for DNS hosting would solve 1 of the 3 parts.
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I'm suggesting stay open to the idea of Hosted Exchange. That's going to be a far better solution than POP or IMAP. And it also satisfies the requirement of not being O365.

If you use web / pop/imap hosts, do you have a separate company for DNS name server hosting?
I happen to use GSuite for email on my domains. And yes, the domain registrar is handling the DNS (separate company).

I use godaddy for domain registration.  never really thought about them for DNS / name server (not using their mail or web services).  Do you have full control of the zone using their name servers?  I guess using them for DNS hosting would solve 1 of the 3 parts.
Short answer to your question is yes. I'm guessing that you normally change the nameservers as soon as you create the domains? Their name servers work just fine, no need in eliminating that piece unless one of your other services requires that.
masnrock - looking for cheap / reliable.  Hosted exchange is more than office 365, right?  When I said they don't want o365, it was only because of the cost.  paying per mailbox vs. a big block of space and using POP / Imap comes out cheaper.

I thought it was here, but someone suggested knownhost?  I was talking to them.  seems like a good company.  anyone know good / bad of them?

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