I was using the following method since years, and never had any problems with it:
- Setting up a forwarder at a third party host (can also be cheap shared hosting) to my personal Gmail account (not Google Apps)
- Using Gmail to check the emails
- Using Gmail to write and send emails, also utilizing the "send as" feature
However, since last week I (and at least two other people I know, on different domains) encounter unreliabilities with this method. Some emails do not come through (and also do not bounce back), while others do. That obviously makes it hard to recognize.
Those lost mails do not appear anywhere in Gmail, not the spam folder, and not the all emails folder. They also do not appear in the search.
I suspect some spam filtering mechanism to have changed. Google's best practices mention the possibility of messages getting blocked before entering gmail, however I do have set up a "send as" address, which, according to that article, prevents those mechanisms from acting.
- Watch out if you are using the same method of forwarding into Gmail.
- Any ideas how to prevent this from happening? Or any suggested workarounds?
My current emergency workaround
- I set up a real inbox in my third party host, called
- I created a similar forwarder like my normal one, to also forward to this pop inbox
- I check the pop inbox via Gmail. And voilà, some emails only make it into my inbox via this way.
Unfortunately it's a bit of a pain to set up. Switching to pop inboxes would reduce the necessary steps, but it also some work (I got a lot of addresses) and comes with other disadvantages (e.g. speed).