We are very attached to our email addresses, especially when we’ve had the same one for years, and switching to a better solution may not seem like a good idea, but there are ways to do it within minimal interruption, all while your contacts get in the habit of using your new email address.
The best way to do this is to forward all new incoming mail to your new address, and reply to any new email from your new address, reminding your contacts to email you there instead from now on. As for your existing contacts list, and old email, most providers now offer the option to export your contacts to your computer, which can then be imported into your new email account. Providers like GMail will even import all of your email.
We like GMail because it can be easily accessed from almost any device, and offers email syncing (IMAP), so no matter what device you use, the info is in sync and current. Providers like Hotmail only offer POP and SMTP access (unless you want to pay for IMAP), meaning it will download the newest email to the first of your devices or computers to ask for it, but will then label it as no longer new, and may not download it to your other devices.
Another great advantage to using GMail is that you can have it route email through an existing domain name (yourwebsite.com).
Nerds On Site can help you do that, or help you with any of the above steps, in addition to setting up your local email client (Outlook, etc.) to communicate with your email email account.
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