From GoDaddy to Google Apps in 20 minutes
February 27, 2007
Anyone who has made the mistake of getting email for a domain at GoDaddy knows how absolutely useless the service is. Basically, in my experience (which I know from mailing lists and forums is typical), it’s read only email, because you cannot send or reply to most of the email you receive. This relates to spam and GoDaddy’s use of a whitelist that domains must register with. Of course, how many domains are out there and what percentage of those would be bothered whitelisting with them? So in reality it’s one way email – hey, maybe there’s a patent opportunity there? 🙂 So I’ve been considering moving my domain somewhere else, and then I thought of Google. I’d been meaning to check out Google Apps for ages. Sure enough, in the space of 20 minutes (most of which was not me having to do anything, but waiting for the switchover to be verified), I was able to move my (domain) email to Google Apps, without having to go to the pain of moving the domain and/or email to a different hosting provider. They even had detailed instructions on making the changes to my MX records using GoDaddy’s tools. In fairness to GoDaddy, at least they expose and allow the DNS records to be managed directly by users (it would have been the last straw had this not been the case). So I guess Bob P. is going to get to take a few more euros from me for now. At least until I redo my site using Grails. And as for Google? I’m a fan. Now that is what I call Software-as-a-Service.