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Why you should have two email addresses

If you’re in business, and especially if you’re using your own domain address for email contact (as you should be), it is also important to have a secondary email address – not attached to that domain. Why is this?

A few reasons:

  • I believe it’s important to separate business from personal.  I have a personal email address for family and friends to use to contact me.  I like to keep things separate.
  • If your domain is being transferred to a new server, your email will be down for a small period of time. Would be good for your host to be able to contact you still via the other address, as a backup.
  • When your domain is due for renewal, good to have the renewal notice going to both email addresses.
  • If your server is down (for whatever reason) it is good to still be able to get email in and out via another service

And I’m sure there are other reasons too. While I have a personal email address that is mostly for personal use, it does become useful if something occurs where I need to be able to access another address. Of course, as a web host and owner of more than one website, I actually have more than one email address via different servers. However, some of my clients don’t and if I need to contact them via email to advise a transfer has taken place, I’m unable to contact them if they only have the one address.  At least not till business hours when I can give them a call.

Worth thinking about.

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