But I've recently discovered that there an even easier way with Google Apps (free). Anyone can set this up - even my mum (well maybe). The beauty of Google Apps is that the email part is just based on gmail - which is an industry leading robust online mail system.
So what do I mean by "your own email system" and why would you want it? Well basically it means you can have a custom email address like firstname.lastname@example.org. This is far better than something like email@example.com. Its more than just a custom address of course - here's a list of a few advantages;
There is a couple of "gotchas" however;
- The domain name (eg barrahunter.com) you want might be taken - and probably will be for any dictionary word (eg barramundi.com) and many names and phrases (hiddenvalley.com would be taken for instance). So you have to be a bit creative when thinking of a name as there are still many that aren't (ok I ended up with stormpilgrim.com and that might be a bit lame).
If you have any problems let me know and I'll try and help.