I have a personal email account run by my webhosting company on my domain and the provided web interface sucks. Is there a way to use GMail as a front end to my IMAP mail hosted on my domain? I want to keep email@example.com as email address but use the GMail interface as front end since it has lots of neat features. Is there a as-good-as-GMail alternative that´s open source and written in php (since that`s what I can run on my cheap webhosting service) that can solve this?
migrated from superuser.com Apr 28 '11 at 2:31
You can configure Gmail to pull mail using POP3 in Settings > Accounts and Import. This removes the mail from your domain and stores it in Gmail. Gmail lets you choose which email address to send from, so your outgoing email can still use firstname.lastname@example.org.
The only problem I've had using this feature is that the polling interval is too slow for me. So I configured my domain to auto-forward all mail to my Gmail account. I still can choose which email address to send from, and the mail arrives as fast as my domain email is able to forward it, which for me is pretty much instantly.
For email arriving from email@example.com, Gmail defaults to using that address on replies, so it really is a no brainer.
Two words: Google Apps. This will let you use Gmail with your domain, as well as other cool services.