Well, I’ve finally made the jump from Gmail. I agonised over @ryanjamurphy’s excellent Email Service Feature Comparison Table and finally landed on Fastmail. Just wanted to share some thoughts on the transition and why I landed on Fastmail.
First, check out @tjluoma’s guide from Yet another warning about entrusting Gmail (or anyone else) with your email. If you’e at all stuck, just start reading this post. His ‘the hardest step is the first one’ advice is spot on. So just begin with that post.
Setup with Fastmail was easy as can be. I decided to create a @fastmail account and then add my custom domain. Note: Fastmail charges per user rather than per account so in the end I had to add the @fastmail and another domain as aliases to my primary custom domain. This is working flawlessly. I added the alias in Spark so I can receive email in one inbox and send as the alias.
Ok, so the feature that finally convinced me was Masked Email from Fastmail and 1Password. The integration with 1Password is so well done and shows the power of the JMAP protocol. And this is the best part:
I’ve really enjoyed Apple’s implementation of Sign In with Apple and their similar feature Hide My Email, but not all websites offer this. I’m sure this will change with time … but for now I’m enjoying that I can use Fastmail’s Masked Email everywhere and it’s all saved in 1Password.
Finally, here’s a cool article on how to recreate some of Hey’s features in Fastmail. When I tried Hey last year, I really liked their Paper Trail, The Feed, and Reply Later workflow. Here’s how to do that with Fastmail (or any provider that offers robust filters):
So far so good. Glad I made the switch but I’m still curious to read more reviews of iCloud+ and custom domains. The good thing about switching from personal Gmail now is that I’m free to go anywhere with my custom domain setup.