From Skiff Mail to Zoho Mail

The process should have been a breeze and it was. Not only did I know what to do (I did the transfer a few months ago, so it was still fresh), but also Zoho setup wizard is fantastic. I didn’t anticipate the process to go so smoothly; and yet…

Not again!

When I saw the email subject line – Major Skiff update – my first thought was “Cool, it must be the offline mode for Calendar.” Quickly, I realized it was not a regular “Skiff Update” email and it was not about offline mode. However, I was far to expect – even after reading the first three paragraphs – that the “good news” was actually a terrible one.

Bye bye GandiMail

I did not delete MX records immediately. Now, it is possible to have multiple MX records, but emails will be randomly split between the servers those records point to. Unless…

Replacing GandiMail with a new email service

Sorry, there is no TL;DR for this article. You will have to read the first half if you want to know which free email hosting provider (with custom domain name and unlimited aliases) I have opted for and the rest of the post if you are curious about the migration process.

Could I find a free email hosting provider?

Email hosting is a service that rents out and operates email servers. They provide advanced email solutions and allow custom domain addresses. Email hosting services are usually premium services and differ from the typical free webmail sites such as Google Gmail. But do they offer free plans as well?

Using my hosting provider’s email service – not an option!

The majority of shared hosting providers have nowhere near the expertise in hosting emails as do third-party email providers. There are many other reasons beyond this one for not looking into this direction.

Replacing with another registrar?

Now that has sold its soul to the devil, it might be time to reconsider my decision to entrust them with my domain name. Could I find in 2023 a registrar as good as the late (the one I opted for in 2018)? – disappointing and untrustworthy! – concl’d

As explained in the previous post, prices have skyrocketed. As a bonus, has also discontinued its free email service. In fact, the latter becomes a paying service with a resulting 646.64 % increase in the price of my expenses (that I would have to suffer if I stayed at What should I do? – disappointing and untrustworthy! – cont’d

From November 30, 2023, the free GandiMail service is reaching the end of its life. We therefore advise you to upgrade to the higher offer of our new email service which will be offered from July 13, 2023. Why should I pay for my mailbox that is supposed to be included? Right!