Think Twice About Using Free Email Account Service for Your Company

Date Sunday, 2 August 2009  Posted in Category Domain Name & Web Hosting  Tags , ,   Comment No Comments »

A professional company without professional email?

One of the most common mistakes in business is using a free email service such as Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL or an email address such as abccompany@streamyx.com from Internet Service Provider (ISP) instead of a business-specific domain name such as name@abccompany.com. A company using free email account can send the wrong signal or negative impression to potential customers simply because the email address looks unprofessional and suspicious.

From customer perspective, they will instantly question your stability and reliability with questions such as:
– Have this company been in business very long?
– Is this company full-time?
– Will this company be there now and in the future?
– How much experience does this company have?
– Company profile, clients and etc

Creating business and making sales is all about trust and relationships. Businesspeople want to know the details who they deal with and that relationships they build are strong. And just like social connections, first impressions mean everything.

Use your own domain name email account

Having your own domain name email account is low-cost and more flexible than a free email account. For approximately USD11 (MYR40) a year, you can register and park your very own ‘.com’ domain name. At the very least, any business should have well-designed and professionally printed business cards, its own domain name with matching email address and a single web page website featuring the company’s business information.

Who are offering domain name registration with email account included?

Godaddy.com is my preferred and favourite domain name registrar and have been engaged with them since year 1999, it is a US based and the world’s largest domain name company. The reason I still stick with them because its attractive domain name or web hosting features and pricing. With its domain name package, you can get one domain name email account hosted on their side (Webmail and POP3). Unlike others, registering a domain name doesn’t come with email account hosting or need to pay additional cost.

Godaddy.com is just my suggestion, I am neither their affiliate nor partner. Links below for your comparison:

Godaddy.com domain name registration:
http://www.godaddy.com/domains/search.aspx

ICANN accredited domain name registrars:
http://www.internic.net/regist.html

A few of Malaysia well-known domain name registrars:
Exabytes: http://www.exabytes.com.my/services/domain/
Shinjiru: http://www.shinjiru.com.my/webHosting/domainName/domainPriceGuide.html
Emerge: http://www.emerge.com.my/domain.html
Acme Commerce: https://billing.webserver.com.my/wcp/domainchecker.php
IP Serverone: http://www.ipserverone.com/services/domain

Others Malaysia based domain name registrars:
.my Domain Registry: http://www.domainregistry.my/reseller.php

Want to hear what other web specialist says? you may visit http://www.webhostingtalk.com/

What’s the bottom line?

Using a domain name that is related to your business may seem unimportant. But, it can easily make the difference when your customer is trying to decide if you are an option for them.

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