Once you have your own custom email address (i.e. [email protected],) you’ll need to also set up your own email client to read your emails. Using an email client for custom email addresses can give you a lot more features than using online mail.

Email Client for Custom Email Addresses

Here are a few tips on how to choose from the many different options, as well as how to intelligently use a custom email client.

==> The Process for Choosing an Email Client

The ideal email client is one that does everything you need it to and no more. There’s no need for extra features that just take up space, mental energy and processing power.

Start by taking an inventory of what you need your email client to do. Do you need it to have reply templates so you can send out similar emails quickly? Do you need filtering so it can sort out different types of emails into different folders? Do you need it to sync with your calendar?

Decide on what you need your email client for. Then look at a few of the available clients and pick two. Try both of them out for a few days before making your final decision.

When you’re setting up your email client, you’ll need to provide your SMTP and POP3 logins. These logins basically give your email client “permission” to go into your email to download mail and send mail. Look at the instructions in your client for specifics on how to set this up.

When you’re setting up your email client, make sure you uncheck “delete mail on server after downloading” if you haven’t finalized your choice yet. That way all your mail will still be online should anything go wrong or if you want to change clients.

==> A Rundown of the Most Popular Clients

At the top of the list we have Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail. Partly because they come free with many versions of the operating system, they’re two of the most popular software.

Outlook can sync with your calendar and has a task list as well as a contact list. Many online services can sync with your Outlook contact list to download or upload contacts.

Apple Mail (also known as mail app) ties in with iCal and just plain works. It’s very simple in its application and follows Apple’s primary principle of being elegant in design, simple and not having too many frills.

Another popular contender is Mozilla’s Thunderbird. It works on both Mac and Windows and has many advanced features like programmable filtering, labels, saved folders, reply templates and more.

Claws Mail is an open-source alternative. It’s simple, easy to use, and 100% free. It doesn’t come with too many advanced features, but many users find that Claws’ simplicity adds to its speed in just sending and receiving email.

Finally, Google’s Gmail also has a web application that allows you to plug your own email address into the Gmail interface. This makes your own private domain email address work just like a Gmail email address.

Choosing an email client is like picking a computer. It’s going to be with you for a while and it’s going to have a big impact on your productivity. Spend some time researching each client and pick one or two that call to you to experiment with.