May 12, 2021
This post is unfinished, but I thought I’d release it.
Today you’re gonna be getting a rundown of the ‘Rakena Email System’ - and how stingy I truly am when it comes to paying for email services. (And maybe some pretty sketchy economic analysis.)
As some of you might know by now, I run a private mail setup for my family - using
rakena.co.nz domain, which I own. (There’s some bootleggers too, like
I was always attracted to the idea of professional, private email - being able to send email as
email@example.com, instead of, say,
firstname.lastname@example.org. It suggests that the sender is important/professional enough to have a custom domain. And my dad likes it too for his business communications. A double ego win!
Normally, most companies looking for email would have it provided by their internal IT departments, usually in the form of something like Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), or, in the case of my high school and my (current) workplace, Microsoft 365 (Exchange). Unfortunately, these are both some pricey options, with them both clocking in at around $4-8 New Zealand dollars per month.
So instead, I’m going to make a comparison between a few small providers, namely Migadu (which I use at the moment), MXroute (a rather worthy competitor), and the aforementioned options.
The criteria I’m looking for in my dream mail provider are summed up in this list, in order of how much I care: