As if it weren’t enough aggravation to have had to redo my whole website at the end of last year because my website platform was changed, today I got a message from that same domain provider informing me that the email I have been using is also being changed. As with the web builder, the site is going from a free product to a paid product. Even worse, the email platform is going to be switched to Microsoft Office 365, which, if I wanted, I’d already have.
I’ve been using the email associated with my website as my primary address because I figured I’d always have that address. I keep my website domain paid up to the maximum — ten years. It sounds expensive, but back when I first signed up, it was cheap, so I paid the ten years, and now I only have to renew for one year. (Though this might be the last year I renew. In ten years, I might be too old to want to deal with the website.)
As always, however, one is at the mercy of the provider, whether domain, web builder, blog, or email. In this case, a relatively inexpensive one-year charge would be exacerbated by unnecessary (unnecessary to me, that is) monthly charges. Since I already have other email accounts, I’ll let the email associated with my website expire and then switch to another of my email accounts, perhaps my gmail account since I have an android phone.
The main benefit is that the companies I have dealt with in the past who keep contacting me won’t know where to reach me. The main problem, of course, is that people who contact me won’t know where to reach me. I will notify everyone who corresponds via that email address, and hope for the best. Even if there was a way to have the emails automatically forwarded to the gmail account, which I’m sure there is, it won’t help if the website email is expunged.
There’s always something, isn’t there?
Luckily, I have several weeks to decide what to do. My content is supposed to be transferred to Microsoft Office 365, and since they are giving me a two-month free trial, I should be okay for a while, but I’ll still have to go through those old emails and forward anything important to myself at another address. Or maybe I’ll just say forget it, and let the chips fall where they will.
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