If you are running Windows OS and are looking for a good, free email server, hMailServer is the best one out there. It is a free e-mail server for Microsoft Windows and supports all the common e-mail protocols (IMAP, SMTP and POP3) and comes with an easy-to-use COM library that can be used for integration with other software. It also has support for virtual domains, distribution lists, antivirus, antispam, aliases, distributed domains and much more. E-mail data is stored in a database server, MySQL or MS SQL, depending on your choice. It allows you to create email accounts for your domain. Everything that you need to do to setup a running email server, hMailServer provides them.

I was sure that I did not want to use IIS’ as an email server when I firsted started a project because it has limited features (as far as I know). Some things that I wanted to do like creating email accounts are not available, so I had to look for an alternative which meant looking for another email server that I thought had a crack (piracy! lol). Luckily though, hMailServer exists and I will be using this as the email server for all my other projects. It’s free! What more can you ask for.

Recently, I just bought my own domain. While doing some configurations to my blog, I was surprised that suddenly my domain was not working anymore. I ping’ed it and it was not responding, so there was something wrong. I kept surfing the web if there may be downtime issues with our clients. It took me some time to decide on checking out my host provider’s website and find out that they were doing system maintenance. I emailed customer support to inform them that they should have emailed the customers so that I, for one would know in the first place what was really happening in case I would check out my site. Here was the reply.

It would take longer for the issue to be resolved if we were to do that.

Now, how the hell would them emailing me delay the issue from being resolved? That was a pretty bad answer for a very simple question.

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