I am looking for a hosting recommendation for personal use - and mostly for email. I have a domain associated with my surname and run an associated mail server.
I would like a plan that allows me to keep several IMAP boxes (lets say 10 initially, maybe up to 20 at most, but not necessarily) on the server all the time (and access via IMAP). Storage in each account would be maybe 100MB at most. So 1-2GB storage required.
I would also like to have webmail on the server, and I would install myself (such as Squirrelmail or roundcube), so I need PHP and maybe MySQL (Squirrelmail can run w/out a SQL backend though, so I don't mind if that's not available). I would need secure connection so I could log into webmail safely from public locations, so https connection is needed. I don't have a dedicated certificate I need to use.
And that's about it. Features such as automatic SPAM protection are nice, but not necessary. I host no photo galleries, no forums, nothing. The only webpage would be the webmail.
Suggestions? I do have a budget - I'm a home user and cannot be very extravagent. I am based in Australia but o/s hosting is fine.
I am currently with ixwebhosting on their budget plan, that does not have SSL and it is a feature I want. I was thinking about upgrading to their plan that does, but have read some not so good reviews, so I am thinking of a change. Then again, my email is not very CPU or disk intensive ...
Alrighty, just a few things. You don't need SSL for webmail, its really not that important and on top of that IMAP doesn't support SSL, its only a web based type of thing and I don't recommend to spend money on it.
As for hosting plans, pretty much everyone can provide what you need -- the only thing many hosts don't have is IMAP support. Just look around here, and in the offers section and I'm sure you'll find something you like!
Maybe I'm getting a bit confused then - but basically what I want is when I install webmail (say squirrelmail) onto the server, I want to be able to access it over a https connection. That is, I want privacy/encryption on the username/pwd when logging in, and of the data being read, and also so when I go to an internet cafe and access it, no-one can see where I've been by using the 'back' button etc. That's why I thought I needed SSL?