If like me you have been using your website's default email client then you are either scared or crazy. You may also be crazy scared or scared crazy but that is for another article.
I have had my AmateurProtagonist.com email for some time now, three years to be spot on. At first I used squirrel mail which handled HTML emails like how I handle assault inquires, I don't. After that my host was kind enough to upgrade me to round cube. Which honestly is really, really good.
However I have an Android phone, for years I have been setting up my POP3 accounts left right and centre, I could tell you my default settings off by heart. I have a terrible memory yet I have had to setup my email so many times in so many places I might as well be a qualified expert in setting up my mail. Hell I should start charging my server host for handling their email troubleshooting.
The problem is POP3 has some big draw backs. The main drawback is POP3 is dumb. Just like how owning an Apple product makes you a cunt, using POP3 makes you repeat yourself a hell of a lot.
The difference between IMAP and POP3 is POP3 simply "pops" emails (see what I did there?) it just says "hey, here are all your emails, fucked if you have read them or not, I am just a POP3 server." However if you use IMAP your email is two way, if you read an email on your phone it is marked as read, delete an email on your tablet? It is deleted from the server (if you wish.)
GoogleMail is perfect for handling multiple emails and if you own an Android device it will reduce your email clients to one, just Gmail.
Here is a simple guide to making the right decision.
Step 1 - Login to your Gmail, now go make a coffee because you are a hard working son-of-a-bitch.
Step 2 - Click the giant cog (settings) on the top right of Gmail, make sure you select settings. If you fail at either of these steps I suggest the suicide for dummies books in your local library.
Step 3 - This step is if you use mail clients, if you want to simply use Gmail app and Gmail in your browser skip this step.
Step 3.1 - To enable IMAP click on forwarding and POP/IMAP tab along the top.
Step 3.2 - Scroll down to the radio buttons regarding enabling IMAP. This may come as a shock to you but now you want to select enable and click save. Big shock I know.
Step 4 - Select Accounts from the tab along the top inside of settings.
Step 5 - Setup your email in the outgoing, the second section (labelled: send mail as) is where you want to go. Click Add an address you own.
Step 6 - Fill in your details and unselect treat as an alias.
Step 7 - Select send from your own domain via SMTP. It will then ask you for your details to connect to the server. We do this step so you can still send emails from your own server than having the shitting sent from Gmail bullcrap. I mean come'on Gmail I love ya and all but I don't want people to see us together.
Step 8 - Your sending email should now be setup. Now Select check email using POP3 for getting your email from your own domain. This is under the label for send mail as.
Step 9 - This setup is very much like step 7 and should be extremely straight forward. I suggest ticking the box to leave the messages on the server just in case. It is always nice to have a backup. Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox size once a month or so, like I said it is just a nice backup incase you don't like Gmail or you find you are into homosexual relationships. Nothing against gay people, but if you don't like this new setup you may also enjoy a dick in your arse.
Step 10 - Enjoy the coffee you made in step 1 as your emails are been pulled down and you are now a demi god.
It is really is that simple, for years I have been worried about linking my email with Gmail with fears of things going wrong and down time. This method means no interruption and no more fears about missing emails and no need to change any name servers or DNS's.
I am really enjoying this new setup. Personally I use Gmail on my Android phone and then just have a tab open in my Google Chrome with Gmail open. Did I mention I had a Google tattoo on my dick?
Hope that helps you crazy scared crazies out there.