What email solutions do you recommend for people who are switching over to Digital Ocean?

I’m planning to migrate over from a shared host to upgrade our hosting a bit. I will be self-managing a server after provisioning it using ServerPilot, which is something I’ve never done before but I am looking forward to the challenge.

Does anyone have anything that they can recommend as an email solution for me? I was provided with a mail server on my shared host, and I am willing to sacrifice that to move over to DO, but I still need somewhere to host my emails. I know that Google apps is, of course, an option, and MS Outlook is also a great option. However, those for me would be a last resort due to the added costs, so are there any other email services that you can recommend?

Thanks in advance for your answers!


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Update: Zoho doesn’t allow smtp access to free acounts anymore, only webmail. The easiest free solution I’ve found is free smtp through and using gmail along with Improvmx forwarding to receive email.

There are plenty of other free imap or pop services out there, but nobody has all in one pop/imap AND smtp for free anymore. And why would they? There’s no way to monetize it.

Hello all,

If you’re just attempting to send outgoing mail from the server, I strongly recommend using a service like Sendgrid or Mandrill. They both offer free tiers.

As a side note, here is an interesting read on why you may not want to run your own mail server but rather use an SMTP provider:

Regards, Alex

I have used zoho as the best free solution, but google apps seems good if we want to go for the best option but thats a bit paid. Do you recommend anything else apart from it ?

Regards, ritsan

Zoho if you want a free solution. G Suite otherwise.

Zoho is the best option for free email, don’t have to look anywhere else.

Regards, Begindot

You can try Zoho, they offer free email option upto 25 users. However, I would recommend you to go for GSuite from Google.

Regards, Begindot