A few years ago, I stopped running my email and web server out of my house. I was tired of paying for the electricity and the static IP address. I wanted to switch to FiOS which doesn’t allow me to host off of port 80. I was sick of keeping my desktop computer ON ALL THE TIME. I didn’t like the noise of the computer on. And the room the computer was in got hot. (Nice in the winter, but not as nice in the summer.)
Sending email. Checking Email. Delays. Spam. Filtering. Email forwarding. Mailing lists. Announcement lists. Archiving email. Automatic Emails. Form-to-email. Catch-alls. URGH!
It’s enough to make a poor host want to give up on providing it at all!
In November Dreamhost switched my spam filtering setup which worked nearly 100% of the time to one that doesn’t appear to work at all. I complained to their support, but got this in response:
The following wiki page has details on how you can edit your spam settings:
From that page I can set blacklists and whitelists. Ugh. So I responded back:
Hmm… This page allows me to manage white/black lists for email addresses. But that’s not really going to help at all.
They agreed that it sucks:
Correct, blacklists don’t really work well. It’s best if you lower your threshold to 0 or 1, and use whitelists extensively. Make sure you’re using the “reply-to” from a message, and not just the “from”.
So the option is to only receive mail from people I remember to add to the whitelist, or to get spam. WRONG.
So how do others handle this? I’m looking for a email host that allows me to completely control my email, won’t advertise to me or track me, and has reasonable spam handling. Help?