Poll: Do you have a website/brand and use it with a paid email provider (e.g. myname@mysite.com)?
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Local time: 16:17
Jun 27, 2017

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you have a website/brand and use it with a paid email provider (e.g. myname@mysite.com)?".

This poll was originally submitted by Armando Calderon. View the poll results »


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:17
Spanish to English
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Other Jun 27, 2017

NO, no, no and no. Why on earth would I need a professional website or brand, or a paid email provider?I'd find them an appalling waste of time. As it stands, I'm currently having to refuse work and clients...


Teresa Borges
Local time: 00:17
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Only a website, I use a free email provider Jun 27, 2017

I had a paid email provider for a long time, but last year when I decided to return to Portugal I could no longer have the same email (it was attached to my phone) and I opted for a free one.


Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:17
Member (2006)
German to English
Only Jun 27, 2017

2 private e-mail addresses, with their servers here in good old Germany!


Fiona Grace Peterson  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:17
Italian to English
Paid website and paid email Jun 27, 2017

I have a paid website with Wix, and a paid, customised address with Gmail. Very happy so far.


Mikael Adolfsson  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:17
English to Swedish
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Both paid website and email address Jun 27, 2017

Where I live, it seems like everybody expects any serious company to have a website. And many times it has paid off for me. So I use a professional email and website and is just happy!
(Paid email addresses also have the advantage that the contents of my emails is not checked (or sold), which many free email providers inevitable do ...)


Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:17
Member (2007)
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Too complicated Jun 27, 2017

I paid for a website domain name and hosting on ProZ.com for years but I never managed to construct the website, nor get at any emails that might have arrived. I finally decided it wasn't going to happen. And I'd hate to change now, even if some people do look down their noses at gmail accounts for professional use.

[Edited at 2017-06-27 12:18 GMT]


Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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I do Jun 27, 2017

But I don't know why I bother.

Well, it's because changing it is too much hassle.

Anyway, I am my own brand.

Well, either that or I am not a brand.

I'm not sure which.


Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:17
Member (2004)
English to French
I tried to create a website Jun 27, 2017

I tried using wix. It's all fine and dandy, but I don't know how to create a more professional email address. The site is still not online after a year.


Hege Jakobsen Lepri  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:17
Member (2002)
English to Norwegian
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Had a website - took it down - a new one has been on my to-do list for several years Jun 27, 2017

...I'll get around to creating my website as soon as I have a few days between jobs (and no other chore on my list). I guess the fact it's taking me so long is a good sign.

[Edited at 2017-06-27 13:34 GMT]


Ana Vozone  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:17
Member (2010)
English to Portuguese
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No Jun 27, 2017

... but this option was not available.


Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:17
Member (2005)
German to English
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Why was neither not an option? Jun 27, 2017

My email is free, and I have no website.
I get enough traffic through ProZ and the ATA.


David Earl  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 17:17
Member (2007)
German to English
I wouldn't call it a brand... Jun 27, 2017

but I do use a paid email provider with domain registration. I setup with Strato many years ago. Why? It costs a whole €12 per year and there is no limit on the size of attachments (as long as I use an email client instead of their Communicator app or any other browser-based software).

The point of the unrestricted attachment size is the ability to avoid other approaches to sending files, like the very slow Skype transfer, DropBox or other similar solutions (?WeTransferIt?, ?SendIt? and so on). Just send the file(s) to my email address.

Setup was relatively easy. Just created two email accounts (one with my name for customers and one generic or "catchall" account) using the email administrator, plus the customary setup in the email client. Email client setup depends on learning that software. Plenty of free email clients out there, like Pegasus or Thunderbird and others ranging from TheBat to Outlook.

That advantage of the catchall account is that, when someone wants an email address that could be sold to other companies, I simply give them a generic name, such as "Sparkasse@" or "BarnesNoble@". That way, I know that any mail to Sparkasse or BarnesNoble is coming from Sparkasse/Barnes & Noble or a third party that they've sold my address to and can treat such accordingly. The email client simply picks up those "generic" accounts as part of the automated mail pick up every five minutes.

There is one disadvantage to this approach: I cannot respond using the Sparkasse@ or BarnesNoble@ address, only receive. It works quite well as long as the messages can either be ignored or only notifications from the sender are needed (such as notification of receipt of payment).

[Edited at 2017-06-27 19:01 GMT]


Pieter Beens  Identity Verified
English to Dutch
Yes, I consider it as a business asset Jun 28, 2017

I am paying for a website domain for a couple of years now.
From the inception of my company I used one but because I offered a couple of services initially I used one general domain name. When I started focusing on translating and writing I bought two new domains and that gave my translation business a huge boost.
I know, professionalism is not in a domain but I consider a website domain as a real asset. It shows a certain degree of professionalism to many clients and it pays off. For freelance translators free services might as well but for companies I see free Gmail and Hotmail addresses as a no go zone.

I am using my website https://www.vertaalt.nu to brand myself somewhat, but that is because I love to do it - not because I need it. To me my blog, https://www.vertaalt.nu/blog is more important to share my vision and stay in touch with translators and other industry professionals. My domain name is therefore also a solution to host my blog, instead of using Blogspot or any other free service.


Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:17
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Lack of Creativity Jun 28, 2017

It's amazing how repetitive these polls are getting, and at a much faster pace than before. The polls used to be repeated one or two months later. Now they are being reposted only one week after the previous "version".


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