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I have used Network Solutions to host my web based e-mail for 6 years. But I often have dificulties with my POP and SMTP compatibility (I can’t use my Mac based Mail program when other people don’t seem to have a problem). Network Solutions says they are not geared to Macs, so tough luck. Is there any ISP that is friendly to Mac computers (and more importantly those who use them)? The only thing is that I really need to keep my e-mail address – rita@ritaleistner.com – so I can’t use earthlink or anyone where I’d have to change my e-mail address. Good tech support would be a bonus. Any suggestions?

by [a former member] at 2005-07-08 16:20:42 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Brooklyn , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Sign up with .Mac and park your web site there. You get a lot of storage and great email facilities for a very reasonable price. Your email could be, for example, rita@mac.com and you can bring your rita@ritaleistner.com email in through your .mac desktop email program. It’ll take you but a few minutes to set up. My .mac email is paultreacy@mac.com and I bring my website email, photo@paultreacy.com in through my desktop program. paultreacy.com is registered with a company in Canada and I link it to my .Mac service where my actual website is stored and I combine my various emails to come through the same portal.
Any questions just give me a shout.

by Paul Treacy | 08 Jul 2005 16:07 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
i like dogbark a lot.  they’re a little pricey but they’ve always been very good with offering advice etc.  http://www.dogbark.com/

by [former member] | 13 Jul 2005 04:07 | rome, Italy | | Report spam→
Thanks for the advice. I’m still a little confused – is a web host the same thing as an ISP? It looks like both .Mac and dogbark do both. It seems obvious that I should want the same company doing both (which I don’t have now), but it makes me wonder why so many people have diferent ISPs and web hosts. Paul, when you say that you can access your photo@paultreacy.com e-mail from your .mac desktop, do you mean you can do that from any computer, or just from the desktop of your computer with your Macintosh Mail program on it? Or is that a dumb question? I mean, do you give anyone your .mac e-mail address, or are you able to work just with the @paultreacy.com address? I’m just learning the lingo: Does “.mac desktop” mean the page you get when you open the account (on any computer), and have nothing to do with the physical desktop of your Macintosh computer?
Jake, how do you like the e-mail program you get with dogbark?
While I’m at it – do you use or know much about Dreamweaver or Front Page? I’m starting to learn how to work on my own site, but haven’t decided on what software to use yet. A friend was showing me Front Page on his PC, but I’m wondering if DreamWeaver isn’t better with a Mac. Or something else? Something easy to use perhaps?
Thanks again.

by [former member] | 21 Jul 2005 15:07 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Actually, .Mac is a host and much more besides. However, it is not an ISP.

by Paul Treacy | 21 Jul 2005 17:07 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Wow, one step at a time. Firstly, there is no sure thing as a stupid question. It’s a little daunting to say the least coming at this for the first time. First thing I would say is follow your computer instruction guidlines. When you first set up your machine it will intuitively guide you through everything. That’s the amazing thing about Macs. I would suggest you back up all your important stuff and reinstall your operating system. That way you can configure everything from the get go. It will give you the option right away of setting up an ISP and also to register your machine and sign up for a month of free .Mac facilities. It’s very cost effective thereafter if you utilize it well. Start by doing that. Or, if you have the available cash, go out and buy the latest Apple Mac OS 10 Tiger and install it. It’ll set everything up for you.
Any questions, get back to me. You can also go to Apple.com and seek help there. It’s very good. OS 10 Tiger is not expensive.

by Paul Treacy | 21 Jul 2005 17:07 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Here are some links to get you started. Start by taking a look at .Mac.com.
Service and support is here.
OS Tiger is here.
I currently use Earthlink Broadband at $49 per month. It’s reliable and reasonably fast though pricey. My web address paultreacy.com is registered with GO BIG MEDIA in Canada and my paultreacy.com email address is also GO BIG. I pull photo@paultreacy.com into my desktop mac email program along with my .Mac email. But when using other machines, I need to check both seperately using web mail. I don’t bother with my Earthlink email anymore as it’s full of junk crap that .Mac seems to filter out.

by Paul Treacy | 21 Jul 2005 17:07 (ed. Jul 21 2005) | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
I apologize, I assumed you were new to all this. Forget what I wrote above. Your email address is associated with your web name registration and so is independent of your ISP. If you go the .Mac route you can host your email address that way by setting up your .Mac account to import your rita@ritaleistner.com address. That should be true for what ever ISP you end up using.

by Paul Treacy | 21 Jul 2005 17:07 (ed. Jul 21 2005) | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks for all the useful information Paul. This gives me something work with definitely. I’m sure I’ll be asking more questions as I progress with this.

by [former member] | 21 Jul 2005 19:07 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
What you really need to do is bounce this off one of your Redux people. I’m sure there must be a Mac Addict there that can sort you out real quick?
MY GALLERY, should you be interested.
All the best.

by Paul Treacy | 21 Jul 2005 20:07 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→

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