I recently changed servers and hosts from Siteground to HostPapa, (who have been extremely helpful!). While making this change, I’ve also moved my email etc. to Google Apps for My Domain, ie for UrbanWorkbench.com

HostpapaFor those of you who have no idea what this means, well, now I’m able to read my email to the urbanworkbench.com domain natively in the Google gmail interface. My previous solution was what a lot of people use, which is reading and writing emails in gmail on behalf of other domains. But email programs like Outlook were displaying this as “on behalf of”, so people receiving your emails now knew another one of your email addresses. Not the best solution for business!

I use gmail because the interface and workflow is excellent, it integrates well with a calendar that sends me messages on my mobile phone to remind me of appointments, and I can read and write documents and spreadsheets online in the Google documents application. Other benefits to the Google Apps for Your Domain is that you can easily share calendars and documents between email address holders of the same domain name. Doesn’t matter where you are, it’s all natively part of the one suite of applications. There is also a chat function, I’d like to know if anyone else uses Google talk, or for that matter, what chat software you do prefer.

As part of the host transfer I have lost a few registered users, send me an email if your account was affected, or if you have any other problems.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.